If you weren’t convinced this team was for real, now is their opportunity to prove you wrong.
Admittedly, I was the Dodgers fan that none of the other fans like to hear — the skeptical one. Los Angeles had several problems versus Arizona that I thought would carry over into the postseason, but thankfully they proved me wrong.
Instead of falling apart, LA swept the Diamondbacks to move to their second consecutive NLCS. Their opponent is still to be determined as of this writing, but it’ll be a rematch either way they cut it.
On the one hand, they could play the Chicago Cubs in a rematch of the NLCS from a year ago. If the Nationals prevail, Washington will be a rematch of their NLDS foe from the previous postseason.
Clayton Kershaw led the way for the Dodgers in their big series win over Arizona, ensuring that the team got off to a good series start and protecting home field advantage. For the Dodgers to not collapse in the NLCS, they’ll have to continue hitting well as well as pitching in dominant fashion.
This team knows just how much their fan base is depending on them to at least reach the World Series. Not winning a title for almost 30 years has one of the most die-hard fan bases in all of sports left hanging and wanting more.
It doesn’t necessarily matter who they play in the NLCS, as they’ll have home field advantage regardless. You could also make the argument that they’re going to stay on a hot streak in the next round of things, as they are the lone team left without a postseason loss.
Getting out of the NLCS without a loss or two is hard to imagine, but should the Dodgers do the unthinkable and get to the World Series without a loss in the NLDS or NLCS, everyone that doubted them, including myself, won’t have anything left to say other than congratulations.