Count ESPN’s own Buster Olney among those who feel as if the Los Angeles Dodgers do not have enough firepower in their lineup and/or rotation to make the 2016 playoffs. Today, on Twitter, Olney released the teams that he’s picking to make the playoffs, and Los Angeles was not on the list.
The notable teams on the list, at least as far as the National League is concerned, are the San Francisco Giants, who Olney is picking to win the NL West, Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals, and Pittsburgh Pirates. He has three NL Central teams in the playoffs for the second straight season.
From Buster Olney’s official Twitter account a little bit ago:
Playoff picks. NL: SF, Cubs, WAS division winners, STL, PIT WC. AL: TB, KC, TEX, w/ NYY/HOU WC. Cubs over KC in the World Series.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 4, 2016
So, there you have it. Those are the teams that he has making the playoffs, and his World Series prediction is the Cubs over the Royals. First off, that’d be a massive thing to see the Royals in three straight World Series no matter if they win a second one or lose a second one. It’d be crazy.
But, secondly, and more importantly, Olney does not have the Dodgers on his list. And that’s fine. It’s his list. The only thing that I, personally, would disagree with is having the Cardinals taking one of the Wild Card spots over Los Angeles, but that could be because he feels the NL Central’s two worst teams are going to prop the Cardinals up. Hard to say.
Either way, he has the Boys In Blue missing the playoffs for the first time since 2012, when they went 88-76 and missed the second Wild Card spot by two games to, you guessed it, the St. Louis Cardinals. Still, with the players the team has and the rotation they have, it does seem improbable for them to miss the playoffs. However, crazier has happened.
It’ll be interesting to watch everything unfold during the regular season, but if Olney is proven correct then fans will surely grow upset with the organization in a way that they haven’t felt in a while. Hopefully the team does make the postseason.