After years of near misses, and two World Series losses to teams implicated in cheating scandals, the Los Angeles Dodgers finally got their elusive title in 2020.
The Dodgers beat Tampa Bay four games to two in the Series, going wire to wire to win their first championship since 1988.
They might not have to wait very long for their next one.
Buoyed by the signing of Trevor Bauer to an already loaded pitching staff, Los Angeles will start the 2021 campaign in the exact same spot it did in 2020: as the favorite to win the National League Pennant and 2021 Major League Baseball World Series.
What are the odds: Dodgers?
This year, though, it will be at historic odds: +200 with William Hill to win the World Series to start the season. Those odds are the shortest to start a season since the 1999 New York Yankees, which came into that season off an 114-48 1998 campaign that was punctuated with a four-game sweep of the San Diego Padres in the World Series. That Yankees’ team also was in the midst of three straight titles, and four titles in five years.
But that is not the only record number for the Dodgers right now. Los Angeles also has an obscenely high over under total for 2021: 104.5 with William Hill. But coming off a 60-game season with a .717 winning percentage, that would have translated to 116 wins, that number might prove to be accurate.
With a loaded San Diego Padres team in the division (with a 92-win total), and the Atlanta Braves also in the National League, this could be a fantastic season for baseball fans.
Can the Dodgers set up the next MLB dynasty?