By Michael Clair | Cut4
I’ll make this simple: The Dodgers have to win the World Series this year. A giant banner reading “World Series or bust” may as well hang from Dodger Stadium like a pirate flag, warning every other team that enters this space that they will show absolutely no mercy on the field. If that seems a little crazy, well, forgive me. It’s simply the most logical conclusion for the most consistently dominant baseball team of the decade, armed with a roster of stars in the country’s second-biggest market … that’s going on 31 years now without a title.
L.A.’s recent resume is seemingly endless: six straight NL West Divison titles (with a 17-game lead over the rival Giants and D-backs entering Monday, a seventh is all but a mathematical certainty), a sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer in Clayton Kershaw and two consecutive appearances in the World Series. Everything we know about sports tells us that all that should equal multiple World Series titles — and yet, here we are.