It is official! The Los Angeles Dodgers are World Series bound for the first time since 1988. As great as the NL pennant is, it is even sweeter considering the Dodgers are not your average “super team”.
Finally. The Los Angeles Dodgers are finally in the World Series. While the team still has business to take care of with four more victories, Los Angeles has reached the World Series for the first time in 29 years. After 29 years of shortcomings, including four consecutive postseason berths prior to 2017, the Dodgers have won the National League Pennant.
The path to the NL Pennant was seemingly easy for the Dodgers. Los Angeles went 7-1 in the playoffs on their way to National League supremacy. The Dodgers outscored both the Diamondbacks and Cubs 48-11. All 10 earned runs the Dodgers allowed were off of home runs.
While on the surface that is a bad sign, that is a testament to the deep pitching staff. The Dodgers’ starting rotation limited rallies while the bullpen came in to close the door. Overall, the pitching was a pleasant change from prior years.
Then there were the bats, led by Justin Turner. Every game there was a different hero; ranging from Yasiel Puig to Logan Forsythe to Austin Barnes to Cody Bellinger to Enrique Hernandez. Remember: the Dodgers defeated the Cubs without Corey Seager. With Seager likely back on the roster, the bats are even more dangerous.
Overall, the team that Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi have put together is nothing short of special. The way they put the team together is even more special.
With the Dodgers set to play their first World Series game in 29 years on Tuesday, October 24, here is the masterful way these NL Champion Dodgers were put together.