The Atlanta Braves knocked off the Houston Astros to win the 2021 World Series. Meaning, the Dodgers have been eliminated from the playoffs by the eventual champion or won the championship themselves every year since 2016.
Some of the Dodgers’ streak could be coincidence. Most of it speaks to the quality of the opponent required to take down LA. Only a team at their absolute peak, or a team that cheats, has been able to beat the talented Dodgers squads of the last few years.
In fact, even a team that knew every pitch that was coming still needed seven games to oust LA. That’s how good the Dodgers have been.
For the better part of half a decade, one could make the argument that the Dodgers have been, at worst, the second best team in baseball.
A wise man once said, “if you ain’t first, you’re last”. Parades aren’t held for second place. Nobody is asking for a silver medal for losing to the Cubs in 2016 or Nationals in 2019. The Red Sox were the better team in 2018, as were the Braves this postseason.
That being said, currently deflated Dodgers fans shouldn’t take sustained success for granted. Rooting for a perennial contender is a privilege, not a right. Just ask Pittsburgh Pirates fans.
Atlanta was the latest team to put into context how prolific the last six years have been for the Dodgers.
Only the best of the best, and no one else, have been able to beat the Dodgers.
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