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Dodgers: For the First Time Since 2015, the World Series Will Not Go Through LA

A weird streak has come to an end.

The Dodgers won the World Series in 2020. In the five years surrounding that, the team that eliminated them from the postseason won the World Series. So for six straight years — from 2016 through 2021 — the last team standing was either the Dodgers or a team that beat the Dodgers to get there.

In 2016, the Dodgers lost the NLCS to the Cubs, who went on to break their 108-year drought and win the World Series. In 2017 and 2018, L.A. lost the World Series, and we don’t want to talk about it. In 2019, the Nationals beat the Dodgers in the NLDS and went on to defeat the Cardinals in the NLCS and the Astros in the World Series. And in 2021, the Braves defeated Los Angeles in the NLCS before also beating the Astros in the World Series.

That streak ended on Sunday, when the team that eliminated the Dodgers — those plucky, upstart Padres — lost in five games to the Phillies in the NLCS.

The Dodgers’ streak of six straight seasons is actually the second-longest in MLB history.

The Braves have the longest postseason appearance streak, making the playoffs in 14 straight years in which the playoffs were held from 1991-2005, but their longest “World Series goes through us!” streak was just three years — they won the World Series in 1995, lost it in 1996, and lost to the eventual-champion Marlins in 1997.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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