Our 2018 National League West Preview continue with the rival Los Angeles Dodgers who won the division a year ago and reached the World Series … where they lost.
The Dodgers won 104 games last year and won the division by 11 games over the Arizona Diamondbacks. We won’t mention how many games they were ahead of the Giants.
They went on to sweep the Diamondbacks in the NLDS, and then defeated the Chicago Cubs in five games in the NLCS.
Advancing to the World Series to face the Houston Astros, they won the first game to take a 1-0 lead. But then they blew game two, which ended up being a pivotal moment in the series.
The Astros won game three as well to take a 2-1 lead, and then the series went back-and-forth. Game five was another wild game that the Astros won 13-12.
The series was stretched to a game seven were the Dodgers fell to the Astros 5-1, robbing them of their first World Series title since 1988.
And Giants fans rejoice.
Surprisingly, the Dodgers and Giants had the same team batting average last year at .249, which was 12th best in the National League. However, the Dodgers had a .334 on-base-percentage, which ranked third in the National League.
They were also sixth in the NL in runs scored with 770.
Pitching was were they dominated last year, finishing with the best ERA in the National League at 3.38. They also had the best WHIP at 1.15, while striking out 1,549 batters in 1,444.2 innings pitched.
And it made no difference from their starters to their bullpen arms, as each ranked first in the NL in ERA.
We’ll see if this is the year they finally break their 30 year drought.