Part Two of Two Moura knows hardball

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Pedro Moura grew up in Santa Clarita and has covered the Dodgers and Angels for several publications, including the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register.

Moura, who covers the Dodgers primarily and Angels on occasion for a new sports website, TheAthletic.com, is well versed with both and was nice enough to do an exclusive Q&A.

After getting within one win of the World Series title in 2017, many expect the Blue Crew to capture their sixth National League West banner.

So far, the Dodgers at 5-9, are off to a relatively slow start. How does Moura see the NL race and postseason?

Though baseball is making money, many think it’s slow and boring.

“I think the Dodgers are very likely to get to the playoffs,’’ Moura wrote in an email. “Beyond that, I view the playoffs as almost pure randomness. So, if the Dodgers have a 90 percent chance of winning their division, they have about a 45 percent chance of advancing to the NL Championship Series, 23 percent of advancing to the World Series and roughly 12 percent of making it all the way.’’

Meanwhile the Angels are sizzling at 13-3. What does Moura think of the Halos’ chances?

“The Angels did enough to have a chance to qualify for the playoffs, I think,’’ he said. “Winning their division is unlikely, because of how good the Astros remain, but 88 wins and a wild-card spot are within reach.”

Moura then added: “Advancing to the World Series from the wild-card game is difficult but eminently possible,’’ he said. “So, sure, they have a chance.’’

Albert Pujols’ 11-year stay with St. Louis saw him swat 455 homers with 1,329 runs batted in and post a .328 batting average as the Cardinals won two World Series championships.

After the 2011 campaign, Pujols signed a 10-year, $254 million deal with the Angels and has hit 172 homers with 598 RBIs and has a .262 batting average.

Does Moura feel Angels owner Arte Moreno wishes he could have a do-over?

“Yes, I think the Angels have come to regret committing so many years,’’ he said. “He is 38-years-old, with four more years to play, and it’s difficult to see how those years will go well. The contract’s first five years were not bad at all, really. But the latter half is going to be bad.’’

Though baseball is making money, many think that it’s slow and boring. Does Moura, who covers between 120 and 130 regular-season games, agree?

“I would love it if the games were 20 minutes shorter, but I find it hard to believe that the average fan cares much about that,’’ he said. “I think the nature of baseball is such that the sport will always have trouble attracting younger fans with shorter attention spans. But, hey, the enterprise is immensely profitable right now, so it’s not like it’s going bad.’’

Read part one of the Pedro Moura interview in last week’s issue.

Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contract him at yankeespride55@gmail.com.

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