Wednesday, September 11, 2019
So, You've Clinched the NL West for the Seventh Straight Time
I mean, the Dodgers have had some incredible playoff teams in the last 7 years. They've farmed players like Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Walker Buehler and now Gavin Lux. They've briefly accumulated Manny Machado, Yu Darvish, Josh Reddick, Chase Utley and Jedd Gyorko.
...and they've won 0 World Series.
I hate to be a broken record and go 'THIS is the year they do it', but...seeming kinda likely considering how overpowered this roster is. The rotation is stellar and expansive, and can recover from curveballs like Ryu's slumping and May's beaning. The lineup is awesome across the board, and has benefitted from overhauls like Will Smith's switch to starting catcher and Joc Pederson's promotion back to starter. The bench seems unlimited, even with guys like Kris Negron and Gavin Lux showing up and impressing. The elites, like Justin Turner, Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager, just keep repopulating.
And yet the Dodgers have had teams like this before, that have seemed unbeatable, and yet have been beaten. Even last year's, which gained unbelievable momentum late thanks to Walker Buehler and Max Muncy, still ended up losing to Boston. So what will it take?
Honestly? Luck. Little things need to swing the Dodgers' way, like Ryu regaining his footing, Rich Hill staying healthy either as a starter or a reliever, Muncy and Verdugo returning in full health, and lots of things we can't even predict. If the Dodgers are gonna win it all, they can't do what the 2016 Cubs do and 1st-seed their way all the way down (or maybe they can, idk). They're going to have to win y surprising people, seeming human before seeming like the only option to win it all.
In a perfect world, the Dodgers win the 2019 World Series. Yes, more perfect than a Yankee win. Hope it happens.
Coming Tomorrow- Luis Severino's been out all year...lucky for the Yankees, they have the next best thing.