FOR JULY 21, 2014
This is an article from the July 21, 2014 issue
Will the Oakland A's win the World Series?
[Tim Doyle] Let's be honest: The A's were the favorites before they went out and got Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.
[Dave Ross] That's great if they stop playing in September. Oakland fizzles out every year in the postseason.
[Tim Doyle] The A's can mash. They get clutch hits, and they find ways to win. That's their identity.
[Dave Ross] I see the Dodgers as the clear favorite. They've got Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig.
[Tim Doyle] The Dodgers are the best team on paper, but they're like the Tin Man: no heart.
[Dave Ross] If they play Oakland, I'll take Los Angeles every single time.
[Tim Doyle] The A's are going to run through the AL and the NL. They will be in ... A League of Their Own.
[Dave Ross] You did not just do that.
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