As the MLB season winds down there are two kinds of teams left; the ones who are gearing up for the postseason, and the ones who are bringing up the boys from the minors and calling it quits. The long, grueling grind of an MLB season can cause for a ton of ups and downs for a team, which can have a lot of “pretenders” looking like “contenders” through spurts of the year. I think it’s safe to say the Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t pretenders, but having lost 13 out of their last 14 games, did we crown them World Series champs to early?
The Dodgers are arguably the most talented team in baseball. They have a ridiculous young core headlined by top R.O.Y candidate Cody Bellinger, the best pitcher in baseball in Clayton Kershaw, and an underappreciated yet savvy manager in Dave Roberts. They were over 50 games above .500 for multiple weeks in August, they had a 50-game stretch in which they went 43-7, which is just absolutely absurd. But did we crown them kings of the MLB to quickly? Like I mentioned before, the MLB season is loooooonnnnngggg. You blink your eyes and they’ve lost 13 out of their last 14 games and nothing seems to be going their way. Not only that, but you have teams like the Cleveland Indians whom were just in the World Series last year, winning 17 games in a row, and counting! The Arizona Diamondbacks just ripped off a 13-game winning streak behind perennial All Stars Zack Greinke, and Paul Goldschmidt. The Astros down in Houston are still playing great ball behind 5’6 MVP candidate Jose Altuve. They also just got Carlos Correa back from injury and picked up former CY Young award winner Justin Verlander to help sure up their rotation. With that being said, the Dodgers really have their hands full.
Can anyone dethrone the Dodgers as the top team in the MLB? Record wise, probably not, however Cleveland is close. But for people who know sports know it’s not just about the record, it’s not about who you play, it’s about when you play them. And right now, no team scares me more than the Cleveland Indians. They have ripped off 17 straight wins and they’re youth and depth is petrifying. They’ve been without Michael Brantley and Andrew Miller for some time now as well having a multitude of players bounce on and off the Disabled list and in and out of the bullpen. Led by CY Young candidate Corey Kluber, their pair of All Star infielders in Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor, and the always clutch Edwin Encarnacion, the Tribe really look like a force to be reckon with.
All in all, I still see the Dodgers getting it together and making a very serious run for the pennant this fall; they just have too much talent on their roster. However not too many of their stars (outside of Kershaw) have any amount of postseason play/success so that could be a huge factor. On the flip side, this team is too well-rounded and dominant to think that any team could beat them in a 5 or 7 game series. Only time will tell how the likes of Kershaw, Darvish, Bellinger, Turner, and Seager play in October, but despite the recent slump. I can’t imagine a world where the Dodgers don’t make it to the world series, and possibly win the whole thing.