The Dodgers spent the entire year chasing the Giants in the NL West. Thanks in part to a series of injuries, off-field issues, and underperformance from key players, Los Angeles never caught up to San Francisco. That cost them their 9th consecutive division title and forced them into a Wild Card Game.
Thankfully, the Dodgers walked off on the Cardinals in the 9th inning on Wednesday night to advance. That sets the stage for an epic Division Series between the 2 best teams in baseball. With 213 regular-season wins between them, the long-time rivals are sure to give baseball fans one heck of a series.
But while many in baseball believe this series could go either way, one MLB writer isn’t so sure. The LA Times’ Bill Plaschke made a radio appearance and made a very bold prediction. In his mind, there is no doubt that the Dodgers take care of business and advance.
If the Dodgers can get by the Cardinals…I think they go unscathed to the World Series championship. I’m the same guy who said the Dodgers were the best team in history and they weren’t, I’m saying now that the Dodgers are going to handle the Giants in a five-game series. In my mind, there’s no question about that. It will be a great series, but the Dodgers are going to win that series. And you can have me on after they win it, and I will say that again.
That’s incredibly bold for him to predict given that the Dodgers lost the regular season to the Giants. But they’re also on a bit of a roll over the last month and show no signs of slowing down. The bullpen looks as strong as ever, and despite losing Clayton Kershaw, they appear to be set up well in their rotation.
It’s going to be every bit of a battle that we saw during the 2021 season between these 2 teams. But if the Dodgers can get their bats going as they have for the last month or so, it will be tough for the Giants to take 3 of 5.