The 2017 Dodgers Are Setting a New Standard for the National League West

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For as long as I can remember, the Dodgers and the Giants have been fighting for first place in the National League West. I’ve grown up with the certainty that as good as the Dodgers are, the Giants will always be close behind, but that is simply no longer true. The 2017 Dodgers have proven that they are the team to beat not only in the West but all of baseball.

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Dodgers vs. Cubs Series Preview: More Lefty Pitching on Tap for Chicago 

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It’s the series I’ve had my eye on since the schedule was announced last fall — the Dodgers facing the Cubs for Chicago’s home opener. Would the Dodgers be the World Series Champs, and the Cubs be dealing with the what-ifs, or would the Dodgers be faced with watching the Cubs raise the World Series banner?

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What Might Have Been 

“I try not to think about what might have been
Cause that was then and we have taken diff’rent roads
We can’t go back again there’s no use giving in
And there’s no way to know
What might have been”
~Little Texas
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Dodgers Head Home in Defeat, Look Towards 2017

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While it was natural for many fans of the Dodgers to express disappointment in the team’s loss to the Cubs in the 2016 NLCS, there are plenty of positives surrounding the club in the coming year, and once the anguish passes and the dust settles, forecasts for 2017 will be loaded with a wealth of confidence.

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Kershaw, Dodgers Hope to Handle Cubs in Game 6 at Wrigley

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For many fans of the Dodgers, Saturday’s NLCS Game 6 has a few of those eerie vibes of producing borderline irritable perspectives from those who can vividly count back the days to the club’s last World Series appearance in 1988.

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Just When I Needed You Most 

“‘Cause I need you more than I needed before
And now where I’ll find comfort, God knows
‘Cause you left me just when I needed you most
Left me just when I needed you most.”

~Randy VanWarmer

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Dodgers Turn to Kenta Maeda in Critical Game 5

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While the Dodgers hope to move forward and put the bad dream of Game 4 behind them, the players will need to harness every ounce of offensive energy they can at the dish and on the bases, as southpaw Jon Lester takes the bump for the Cubs in hopes of putting his club back in control when the NLCS moves back to Chicago.

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Urías, Dodgers Aiming to Gain Huge NLCS Advantage

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Although it appears as if the Cubs are amid an unwelcomed offensive cold spell at the worst possible time, the Dodgers put together perhaps their best overall performance of the postseason in Game 3 on Tuesday, defeating Chicago 6-0 and taking a bit of control of the NLCS with two games still to be played in Los Angeles.

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Dodgers Feature Rich Hill at Home in Pivotal Game 3

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In what is shaping up to be a critical Game 3 for both clubs in the NLCS on Tuesday in Los Angeles, the Dodgers will send veteran southpaw Rich Hill to the bump, while the Cubs will counter with the 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner, Jake Arrieta.

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Heart Attack

“If you only knew what you’re putting me through
There’s that heart attack
You’re givin’ me a heart attack
A heart attack, you’re givin’ me a heart attack
I must have died and gone to heaven
What a way to go”

~Olivia Newton-John

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