— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 23, 2017
The Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves in the NLCS but is this the year they finally break through?
The Dodgers have been the National League West champs for five-straight seasons but that hasn’t equaled postseason success. L.A. has been ousted in either the NLDS or the NLCS each year.
This season marks the third time in five years that they’ve reached the NLCS but a trip to the World Series has evaded them so far.
Last year it was the Cinderella story Chicago Cubs that eliminated the Dodgers before going on to win their first title in 108 years.
After a season full of historic milestones for individual Dodgers and the team as a whole, the question remains can they pull it off—can they finally get to that ever elusive World Series.
L.A. set a franchise record of 104 wins this season and hope that dominance will lead them to their first world series appearance since 1988.
Dodgers star relief pitcher Kenley Jansen said it best during L.A.’s NLDS win celebration.
“We’ve been winning this for five years now…I’m desperate for that ring, we all should be desperate for that ring. This is step one y’all, let’s get it right.”
This postseason is perhaps the Dodgers’ best opportunity to get things right. They’re the best they’ve been in years, and based off of their record, the best Dodgers team ever.
With balanced pitching and a strong bullpen led by Clayton Kershaw and consistent hitting from young phenoms like Corey Seager and vets like Justin Turner, to sensational defense from Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig, L.A. is the entire package—they just have to prove it.
The Dodgers have to get over the NLCS hump and at least make it to the World Series for this season to be a success.
But if they’re going to get there, they might as well win the whole damn thing.