The Dodgers have won seven straight division crowns, but remain title-free since 1988. Will either of those things change in 2020? Maybe!
Of course, it’s possible that the Dodgers don’t win the West, but keep their title streak alive, if, you know, Major League Baseball has to pull the plug on this farce of a season. But let’s say that L.A., now with Mookie Betts on board, does play a full 60 games. Do they face any real challenges in the division?
The Dodgers’ worst 60-game stretch last year was 35-25, while the best 60-game stretches for the Giants and Rockies were 37-23. The Diamondbacks? 34-26. The Padres? 31-29. So it would take Los Angeles being at its worst, and a division rival at its best, for somebody else to finish first.
It might be San Diego that poses the biggest threat, with its young players coming along, although highly unpredictable Colorado has virtually the same roster that nearly won the division two years ago. San Francisco’s hot run last year was well out of character for what its roster is, but also shows how pretty much anything can happen in 60 games.