The Los Angeles Dodgers have been oh-so-close to winning a World Series in recent years. In fact, they reached the Fall Classic in 2017 and 2018, ultimately losing to the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox, respectively.
Entering 2020, there’s a sense that this is the end of the Dodgers’ window, that if they don’t win it all this season, then it’s simply not going to happen with this core group of players.
“I don’t know about that,” former MLB pitcher and current podcast host Brett Tomko said on Tiki & Tierney. “You talk about [Justin] Turner, you talk about some of the guys that are aging a little bit, but they’re in their mid-30s, and to me, that’s kind of when guys are in their primes in the baseball world. I think they’re set up. They’ve been set up to win the last couple of years.”
The Dodgers have made the playoffs in seven straight seasons. Last year, they won 106 games – the most in franchise history. Unfortunately for them, they fell in the NLDS in five games to the Washington Nationals, who went on to win the World Series.
“In a shortened season, I think it’s really anybody’s ball game,” Tomko said. “I think you may see teams that weren’t traditionally contenders that may have a chance to sneak into the playoffs.”
The Nationals, by the way, were 19-31 through 50 games last season and 27-33 through 60. They can’t do that this year.
“It’s not a marathon anymore,” Tomko said. “It’s a sprint. Whoever starts out hot, it’s basically like you’re starting the season in August, so you got about 60 days or 71 days to lock it in and get going. So I think you’re going to see a lot of different things.
“But I think the Dodgers are set up like they have been the last few years,” Tomko continued. “I don’t think their pitching [is as strong]. David Price opting out and saying, ‘Hey, I’m concerned with COVID and my family,’ I think it hurts them a little bit because I think it weakens their staff in the fourth and fifth spot. But they’re still a strong team. They’re as strong as anybody in Major League Baseball.”