If there’s evidence needed to support the notion that regular-season baseball and playoff baseball are very different in tone and outcome, Exhibit A is the Los Angeles Dodgers. Once again, in this postseason, the Dodgers were dispatched in the playoffs far short of the ultimate goal, which is, of course, winning the World Series. And this time, despite winning 100 games during the regular season to capture the National League West, the Dodgers were swept in the NL Divisional Series by the Arizona Diamondbacks, who posted a modest record of 84-78 in the regular season.
In the Divisional round this year, the Dodgers scored just six runs in the three playoff games -- after averaging nearly six runs per game in the regular season.
As disappointing as it is for a team’s fans to be ousted at any point in the playoffs, it’s even more frustrating to have it happen in the first series, and it leaves fans wondering what lies ahead. BetCalifornia.com used our California sports betting mindset and BaseballReference.com to look at how the Dodgers have done the season after losing in the National League Divisional Series. BetCalifornia.com looked at the Dodgers’ history from the 2013 season until now.
Dodgers’ Performance After Losing In NLDS
Since 2013, the Dodgers were eliminated from the playoffs in the Divisional Series three times. The silver lining for Dodgers fans is that after one of those disappointing postseasons, Los Angeles went on to actually win the World Series. Below you'll find some information that can be useful if you plan on utilizing California sportsbook apps once they are available.
*2020 Stats Based On Pace During 60 Games
Hot & Cold Dodgers After NLDS Losses
In 2019, the Dodgers won an extraordinary 106 games but were dumped in the NLDS by Washington in five games. However, in the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic season, the Dodgers went a strong 43-17 in the abbreviated regular season and went on to capture the World Series, beating Tampa Bay in six games.
After other divisional eliminations (tracking since 2013), the Dodgers didn’t do nearly so well. They lost in the 2014 NLDS and repeated that performance, also losing in the NLDS the next year. Then, in 2015, Los Angeles lost in the NLDS and the next season, they advanced to the NL Championship Series, where they lost to the Chicago Cubs who were on their way to an historic World Series title.
Unfortunately for Dodgers fans, Los Angeles is a franchise that’s been bursting with promise for decades – only to see its World Series hopes burst in the playoffs. Since 1989, L.A. has qualified for the playoffs 17 times. In that span, the Dodgers have taken their division 15 times and won 100 or more regular-season games five times. However, in those three-plus decades, the Dodgers have won just that one World Series in 2020.
Stay with us for more sports-related stories like this and to get the best California sportsbook promo codes as soon as sports betting is legal and become available.