The pressure of winning a World Series already becomes seemingly unsurmountable playing in a sports mecca like Los Angeles. Dave Roberts decided to add onto the pressure when he guaranteed a World Series championship on a national radio broadcast during Spring Training.
If history were to repeat in Los Angeles, that rings true to Lakers fans of the ’80’s when head coach Pat Riley guaranteed another championship following their title in 1987, the Dodgers should be in good hands. Of course this doesn’t necessarily mean the players were too happy with such a guarantee.
Luckily for Roberts and his team they have managed to silence any doubts. They look to become arguably the greatest Dodgers team in the history of the franchise as they are well on their way to set the franchise record in wins (reached 106 wins last season) as well as a relatively easy path ahead of them up until the World Series. They will have home-field advantage through the NLCS and a first round bye.
A franchise-record-tying 106 wins and the No. 1 seed for the NL postseason? W. pic.twitter.com/ncZbqfTSLO
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Despite his strong claims, Roberts originally made them dependent on the health of his starting pitching staff. Unfortunately, Walker Buehler won’t be returning this year and Dustin May is on the 15 IL. Fortunately, the Dodgers can still rely on Clayton Kershaw, Julio Urias and most recently revealed to be in the rotation, Tyler Anderson. Even with the question marks, Roberts once again decided to double down on his claims (quotes via Dylan Hernández, The Los Angeles Times).