As you know, predicting baseball is a fool’s errand. It’s also the most common activity of sportswriters during the offseason. When they’re not writing about which team Carlos Correa signed with today, they’re writing about what’s going to happen in the coming season.
Or, in the case of Will Leitch at MLB.com, what’s going to happen in the next ten seasons. Leitch predicted who will win the World Series in each of the next ten years, and he has the Dodgers appearing in the Fall Classic twice and winning one of them.
Before we get into the details, it’s interesting to note that Leitch has ten different teams winning it all over the next ten years. That has only happened once in MLB history, when the Yankees, Pirates, Phillies, Dodgers, Cardinals, Orioles, Tigers, Royals, Mets, and Twins won it in order from 1978-87. So even if baseball wasn’t impossible to predict, we could safely guess these predictions weren’t going to come true.
Anyway, let’s see what Leitch has predicted for the Dodgers. First of all, he has L.A. winning it all this year, beating the Blue Jays in the 2023 World Series.
2023: Dodgers over Blue Jays
It would be incredibly fitting if the Dodgers, after falling short with two absolutely titanic teams, won a World Series after an offseason in which they were widely criticized for not making enough major moves. Even stripped down from last year — and it’s kind of hilarious to use that term when you’re referring to this fantastic Dodgers team — Los Angeles is still arguably the class of the National League, and, you know, the whole point of having a great team every year is that, one of these days, you’re going to get hot in the playoffs and win the whole thing. (Which of course happened in 2020 for the Dodgers.) As for the American League, the Blue Jays were good in 2022 but still felt like they underperformed. Here’s betting on a season this time where everything lands exactly right. (Get on the Vlad Jr. MVP train while you can, folks.)
That would be fitting, and it’s nice to see a national writer remembering that, despite the slow offseason, the Dodgers still have a very good team heading into the 2023 season.
Leitch has Los Angeles reaching the World Series one other time:
2028: Orioles over Dodgers
Yes, yes, I’m one of those long-term Orioles believers. If you want to excuse their lack of spending this year as a way of making sure nobody stands in the way of their future prospects — and I kinda, sorta, want to do that — then 2027 would be about the time it would really pay off. Adley Rutschman will turn 30 in 2027, for what it’s worth. As for the Dodgers, well, let’s not forget that they have a trove of prospects who will be maturing around this time, and I love the idea of them having Shohei Ohtani as well. He’ll only be 34, and whether he’ll be pitching, hitting or doing both, he’ll be doing it better than just about everyone else on Earth. But the story here is Baltimore. You’ve earned this, Orioles fans.
Around the rest of the NL West, Leitch has the Giants beating the Yankees in the 2025 World Series and … that’s it. Even in Will Leitch’s imagination where a different team wins the World Series every year, the Padres can’t even get there.