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Dodgers Win Second-Most World Series In Season Simulations



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As the Spring Training days continue getting crossed off, the idea of a new season gets closer to becoming reality. For some teams, it may mean more of the same, which can be a positive or negative. And for others, hope may at last carry over onto the field.

The Dodgers enter 2015 as back-to-back National League West division champions and once again facing high expectations. They’ve been projected to run away with a third-straight division title and are among the favorites to reach the World Series.

However, the Dodgers haven’t been named the favorite. That honor instead goes to the Washington Nationals, who are oddsmakers’ favorite and virtual reality simulations, as noted by Bill Shaikin of the LA Times:

As for the Dodgers, they check in behind the Nationals for most seasons ending with a World Series win:

The Nationals greatly bolstered their pitching staff this offseason with the signing of Max Scherzer. The 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner is a career 91-50 with a 3.58 ERA and he’s integral to what many are touting the best starting rotation in baseball.

They also added to their bullpen in the form of Casey Janssen, who has 90 saves in his seven years as a closer. The last time the Dodgers made it to the World Series was back in 1988 when they beat the Oakland Athletics in five games; largely with the help of Kirk Gibson’s famous home run in the first game.

While World-Series expectations remain, this season marks the first for the Dodgers under a new front office in quite some time. President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi have taken the franchise in a new direction — which has resulted in better overall depth as opposed to a roster that’s top heavy.

How it translate to the field remains to be seen, but barring significant unforeseen circumstances, the Dodgers should once again be in the thick of postseason contention.

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