Los Angeles Dodgers Look to Future After World Series Loss

The 2016 - 2017 MLB season culminated with one of the most exciting World Series since, well, the 2015 - 2016 season. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros squared off with seven games of high-octane offensive performances, elite pitching, and historic number crunching. It made sense to see Houston and LA in the World Series because they were, after all, two of the best teams during the regular season. Despite Los Angeles' bloated payroll, Houston would manage to overcome the Dodgers in order to score their first World Series title in decades. Now, the Dodgers have to take some stock of themselves in order to see just what can come next for the elite franchise.

The Los Angeles Dodgers haven't won a championship since 1988 but the Dodgers have consistently been one of the highest paying teams in the MLB. With a roster stacked to the brim with young talent and elite veterans, the Dodgers know that the future is still bright in their future. Losing in Game 7 against one of the best teams in the MLB can't be taken as an insult, but the Dodgers still have to be champing at the bit to get back to the grind and fight for another berth. Los Angeles went out and won 104 games in the regular season despite a historic losing streak toward the back end of the year. Of course, Houston also won 101 games and they had the emotional weight of fighting for a city that had experienced serious tragedy over the off-season. The Astros put the city on their back and won this series in riveting fashion.

Still, Los Angeles is looking to end their World Series drought at 30 years when next year gets under way. When, the off-season hits in stride this year the Dodgers will have some choices to make -- particularity regarding newcomer Yu Darvish who was acquired at the deadline to bolster a championship run. Whether or not Darvish comes back, and his failure in the World Series might tarnish that possibility, the Dodgers will one of the most talented cores in the game to lean on. Rookie Cody Bellinger knocked in 39 home runs, Justin Turner had an MVP level year despite missing a ton of time, and Corey Seager solidified himself as one of baseball's best shortstops. With a few good pick ups, the Dodgers should be fighting for a championship in just a few more months.


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