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2019 vs. 2017: Which Dodgers Team Was Better?

We asked, and you overwhelmingly answered.

With the success that the 2019 Los Angeles Dodgers have experienced thus far, many fans have been led to ask a question that they likely never expected to ask so soon: Is this team better than they were in 2017?

So, Dodgers Nation decided to ask Dodgers twitter what they thought. And, while responses and reasons varied, the overwhelming majority was very firmly on one side.

With nearly 5,000 votes, and hundreds of responses, let’s pick through some highlights.

The Case For the 2019 Season

The 2017 season was magical, so, at least to me, the results of the poll were a bit surprising. Bellinger gave us his fantastic rookie of the year campaign, we witnessed back to back to back home runs in the bottom of the ninth to eliminate a three-run deficit in one of the games, and Kenley Jansen was his old-self.

However, a lot of the reasoning that fans provided for why the 2019 team is better than the 2017 team makes a lot of sense.

The Case for the 2017 Season

The truth is, not many fans really gave the edge to the 2017 team. Some want to hold off until the end of the postseason to deem the top spot to this year’s team.

Another fan seems to think Dave Robert’s managing of games is the factor that prevents the 2019 team from overcoming the 2017 team.

The Bullpen Issue

There was a final group of people who wouldn’t necessarily say the 2017 team was better, but they would give them the edge in one crucial category: the bullpen. This year’s team has certainly experienced its fair share of woes with its relief pitching but will hopefully come around come playoff time.

My Opinion

Personally, I would have to pick this year’s team over that of 2017. However, I don’t think the gap is a wide as the poll indicates.

I think this poll would have gone very differently if the Dodgers didn’t lose game 7 of the 2017 World Series.

Had things gone differently in just that one game, these responses could very well have been lopsided in the other direction.

Certainly, if the Dodgers are able to get the job done this year and bring a championship to the city of LA, the 2019 team will firmly cement itself as the best Dodgers team of the past few years, and possibly even one of the best Dodgers teams in franchise history.

Is the 2019 team better than the 2017 team? Continue the conversation and let us know what you think below!

Written by Kellan Grant

I’m currently a junior at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, and I have a passion for sports journalism. I grew up in the LA area and am a diehard fan of the Dodgers, Lakers, Rams, UCLA, Kings. My favorite Dodgers memory was watching Kershaw tear up after the team won the 2017 NLCS and advanced to the World Series for the first time in his career. After college, I plan on either pursuing a career as a sports journalist or working in sports law.

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  1. Like most people, I cannot decide until after the 2019 PS/ WS are over. If the Dodgers for whatever reasons (Maybe BP) don’t even get to the WS then I would have to say that when all will be said and done, the 2017 team would be better I will say this though, with an MLB record of 22 HR’s in just 5 games with 4+ in 5 straight games, No Dodger team in franchise history has ever matched this output. Dodgers need only 20 more HR’s to tie last year’s total of 235 HR’s, a franchise record.

    • AZUL, I just read about the album that glows in the dark. That is totally incredible!!!!! Just enjoy it in good health!!!! Years ago, I remember albums I had in red, yellow and blue wax; but, a glow in the dark disc is something else. Lets try and win today’s game, and with it the series against Atlanta!!!! Go Blue!!!

  2. 2019 much better, but ROBERTS & HIS MINOR LEAGUE Bullpen{for the most part,not all) are an embarasment to MLB. i HOPE MLB does not institute the relief pitcher /must pitch to 3 batters minimum rule for ROBERTS WILL be exposed for the fraud he is in handling bullpen & a few starters(J T TURNS A DOUBLE PLAY-INCOMPETENT PITCHER HANDLINGY,so it’s 2 outs in bottom 5th, nobody on so he trots out & pulls May & others after 5& 2/3 in brings in # 54 or some other worthless pitcher who loads the bases or worse gives up runs before getting to the 6th-check the tapes, it’s all on video-multiple times. You don’t have to be me or TOMMY LASORDA to realize that ROBERTS cost L. A D THE 2017 World Series due to pathetic pitcher handling(Rich Hill, Darvish, etc).

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