There is only one team left standing in the National League, and it is not the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Despite winning a franchise-record 111 games during the regular season (most in MLB), Los Angeles will be watching the World Series at home like the rest of us. One rival scout has a theory why.
According to a deep dive on The Athletic by Dodgers beat reporter Jack Harris, one NL scout believes the team fell flat in October because they don't play with enough fire or passion. Whereas the pennant-winning Philadelphia Phillies are clearly an emotional team, Los Angeles comes off as more detached.
Perhaps that speaks to how the Dodgers are built. They have a veteran team full of superstars who have experienced tremendous success at both the team and individual levels, which may make them less hungry to prove themselves and win a championship. They don't have a chip on their shoulder or a nobody-believes-in-us attitude. Maybe they even expect success, because the game comes so easy to them.
Then again, the New York Yankees have always been criticized as a cold, professional team, and they're the most successful franchise in the history of American sports. It's easy to nitpick when things go wrong, but if Los Angeles was in the World Series right now the team's demeanor probably wouldn't be an issue.
In any event, nobody is saying the same things about the Phillies, who will try to upset the Houston Astros in the World Series as +160 underdogs on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.
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