The Dodgers have everything they need to become the 2018 World Series champions, but the season is long and anything can happen. Will they change the narrative of the 2017 World Series with a victory next fall?
The Los Angeles Dodgers are a good baseball team. That is a fact that proved itself to be true this season, but to win the World Series, you have to be great. The Dodgers are great but in the end, being great in Game 7 is all that matters. Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers can not only get to Game 7 in 2018, they can win it, and they can finish the journey they embarked on nearly two years ago.
This is baseball, though. This is baseball and there is always a “but”, and there is always an “if” because nothing is written in stone, and anything can change.
I want the Dodgers to win the World Series in 2018. I want to deal with postseason anxiety again because it’s the best kind of stress there is. I want to be watching games late into October, but I can’t be confident in any of that, not yet.
Though it still stings a little to think about the 2017 season and the World Series, looking back is sometimes necessary in order to move forward. Clayton Kershaw pitched like the future Hall of Famer we all know he is. Cody Bellinger continued to prove why he is the NL Rookie of the Year, and Kenta Maeda became a super-reliever.
Even without big free agent signings, I believe the Dodgers can get to the World Series in 2018, but getting there and winning it are two entirely different things. The Dodgers can do both, and they can bring a championship trophy back to Los Angeles.
But we can’t know anything for sure, not yet.