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After a Rollercoaster Season, the Dodgers Are Closing in on World Series

The Dodgers had the best record in baseball with 104 wins this season. They need 11 more to make history. Here's a look back at the rollercoaster thrill ride that was the 2017 season



    Fred Roggin takes you inside the clubhouse for the fun and frivolity after the Dodgers swept the Diamondbacks to win the NLDS. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017)

    They say the only time you should look back is to see how far you've come.

    The Los Angeles Dodgers have come along way in 2017. 

    From a 9-11 start to the season, to a dominant stretch in the summer, to one of the worst Septembers in recent memory, the rollercoaster ride that was the Dodgers' regular season has been filled with ups an downs, surprises and disappointments, but moments and memories that will last a lifetime.

    Since Opening Day, when the Dodgers dominated the Padres 14-3 to give Clayton Kershaw his first win of the season, to Game 162 that saw the Boys in Blue rally against the Rockies to win 104 games — the second most in franchise history — the Dodgers have had their share of dramatic moments.

    Whether it was walk-off wins, climatic comebacks, or heartbreaking defeats, the Dodgers filled their magical run in 2017 with memorable victories and losses that we'll never forget. 

    After they lost a series at Dodger Stadium to the Washington Nationals on June 6th, the Dodgers ran off a record of 43-7 over their next 50 games, the best 50-game stretch in MLB history over the last 100 years. 

    But the winning didn't stop there, armed with a cast of characters that before the season nobody would have thought would make an impact, the Dodgers ran off three separate winning streaks of at least nine games or more, and slowly pulled away from the rest of the teams in baseball. 

    Part of their success was due to the rise of presumed National League Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger, as well as the breakout season of utility player Chris Taylor, but it may have been the emergence of the Rally Granny that fans will remember the most.

    There was Rich Hill's perfect game that became a no-hitter, that became a loss, as well as a dramatic finish against Philadelphia that saw the Dodgers hit three consecutive home runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off in wild fashion.

    Then there were the disappointments, like an 11-game losing streak down the stretch, including losses in 16 of 17 games. Panic ensued as each passing day came another Dodgers loss and questions of whether or not the best team in baseball for 90 percent of the season was on the brink of the biggest collapse in sports history. 

    Thankfully, the Dodgers righted the ship, and finished the seasons strong, clinching their 5th consecutive National League West title in the process.

    There's no doubt that the Dodgers 2017 season was a thrill ride, one filled with emotional moments and exciting finishes. Frankly, fans wouldn't have it any other way as the team with the best record in baseball now embarks on a new journey, the postseason.

    The No. 1-seeded Dodgers are headed back to the National League Championship Series after sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Division Series.

    LA is looking to erase a nearly 30-year World Series drought and start the party down Vin Scully Avenue. Easy to say, harder to do, but one thing is certain: it will be entertaining.

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