Friday October 16, 2015

Dodgers Dodge Another World Series

I've been lucky so far this postseason. Going into the division series, I wanted Royals over Astros, Blue Jays over Rangers, Cubs over Cardinals, and mixed on the fourth. I got them all. In that fourth, last night, the Mets took care of the Dodgers, 3-2.

I know a lot of people were rooting for the Mets, who are kind of a Cinderella-ish story this year, but I wouldn't mind seeing Kershaw, Greinke, et al. in the WS some time. I'm also aware of the Dodgers' futility when it comes to the postseason. I just didn't know how bad it was.

Dodgers Dodge Another World SeriesThis is how bad it is: Since the advent of the wild card in 1995, the Dodgers have made the most postseason appearances without making it to the World Series.

They lost the LDS in '95 and '96, skipped a few years, then lost the LDS in 2004 and '06. In 2008 and '09, they lost the LCS two years in a row to the Phillies, then lost the LCS to the Cards in 2013. The last two years, they only made it as far as the LDS.

Nine appearances, bupkis.

Second place in the blue-ball awards goes to the Oakland A's: eight times without sealing the deal. Then my Minnesota Twins, who've made six appearances and only once made it past the LDS.

Here's the list of teams who've never made it to the World Series in the wild card era, ranked by how often they've made the postseason:

Los Angeles Dodgers 9
Oakland Athletics 8
Minnesota Twins 6
Seattle Mariners 4
Cincinnati Reds 4
Baltimore Orioles 4
Chicago Cubs 4
Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Milwaukee Brewers 2
Washington Nationals 2
Toronto Blue Jays 1

Two of these teams, Jays and Cubs, have a chance to get off the list. But not the Dodgers.

What's the saying again, Brooklyn?

Posted at 09:14 AM on Friday October 16, 2015 in category Baseball  
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