How Do The Dodgers Perform In Seasons After NLDS Loss?

How Do The Dodgers Perform In Seasons After NLDS Loss?
Fact Checked by Nate Hamilton

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. used our California sports betting mindset and to look at how the Dodgers have done the season after losing in the National League Divisional Series. 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. 

Season Result Win % Runs For Runs Allowed
2019 106-56 (Lost NLDS) .654 886 613
2020 43-17 (Won WS) .717 938* 578*

*2020 Stats Based On Pace During 60 Games

Season Result Win % Runs For Runs Allowed
2015 92-70 (Lost NLDS) .568 667 595
2016 91-71 (Lost NLCS) .562725 638

Season Result Win % Runs For Runs Allowed
201494-68 (Lost NLDS) .580 718 617
2015 92-70 (Lost NLDS) .568667 595

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. 

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Bill Ordine
Senior Journalist & Opinion Columnist

Bill Ordine, senior journalist and columnist for, was a reporter and editor in news and sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun for 25 years, and was a lead reporter on a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. Bill started reporting on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for 10 years. He covered the World Series of Poker for a decade and his articles on gaming have appeared in many major U.S. newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and others.

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