According to the betting experts, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the fourth-most likely team to win the 2015 World Series — tied with the New York Mets at 6-to-1 odds. Ahead of them are two American League teams (Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals) as well as the No. 1 seed in the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals.
Of course, as you read these numbers you’d be right in wondering whether that means anything at all. After all, last season the two teams who played for the World Seres had the worst odds of all 10 playoff teams heading into the Wild Card games.
The Dodgers, on the other hand, had the second-best odds behind the Washington Nationals. So what does all of this mean for the 2015 incarnation of the postseason-bound Dodgers? Pretty much nothing.
If we’ve learned anything from playoff baseball in the last five seasons, it’s that we’re entering into a game of roulette. The best teams are no longer rewarded, they’ve simply entered into a month-long horse race hopeful that what has made them the best team for 162 games will translate into approximately 15 more.
Now, of course, I’m not saying or implying that talent is meaningless, I’m just stating history tells us the best team doesn’t always win. Obviously, having the two best pitchers in the game will help the Dodgers, as will having one of the best closers in the game — but it doesn’t guarantee you anything.
With all that said, I do want to point out that of all the years in which the Dodgers have made the postseason, it’s hard to argue that this isn’t possibly the best-built roster of them all.
Sure, the lineup lacks the bat of Hanley Ramirez or even Manny Ramirez, but what they lack in star power they more than make up for in depth. And again, this is probably the best pitching staff the Dodgers have ever taken into the postseason (their No. 3 is worse, but the guy pitching Game 2 and Game 5 is noticeably better).
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