September 23, 2021

This is a New Low for the Los Angeles Dodgers (Baseball Essential)

This is a new low for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

They won the National League West by 21 games. They had the best record in the NL by nine games. They were the presumed favorite to win the NL, if not the World Series for the better part of the 2019 regular season.

Cody Bellinger put together a Most Valuable Player Award-caliber season. The Dodgers offense was relentless. They had eight consistent rotation players finish with an OPS above .800. Hyun-Jin Ryu put together a Cy Young Award-caliber season. Their pitching staff had arguably the best starting rotation trio in Major League Baseball in Ryu, Clayton Kershaw, and Walker Buehler.

Their roster has no true weakness, even with some questions arising around Kenley Jansen and the backend of the bullpen in the second half of the season. Going up against a Washington Nationals team that struggled to find postseason success and get their bullpen in order, it seemed like the Dodgers would at the very least sneak by.

What could go wrong?

The Dodgers cruised to a Game 1 victory at Dodger Stadium, 6-0, but the Nationals bounced back with a 4-2 win the ensuing night. The series then shifted to Nationals Park, where the Dodgers won Game 3…

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