The Dodgers have been to the postseason 8 straight times, including in each year since Dave Roberts took over as manager. While some faces have come and gone, the greater core of the team has remained intact through much of the success… and eventual failures.
Moreover, with 2020 marking the end of several long-time players’ contracts, the narrative of this being the last hurrah has been even more punctuated.
Of course, Justin Turner has been chasing a ring since he first arrived in 2014. Kenley Jansen has been in pursuit since before the start of this run of 8 straight. Clayton Kershaw has been part of two separate runs of success with the organization. The 2008-2009 NLCS teams that twice lost to the Phillies, and this current core in the run of 8 in a row.
Combined with the role player core made up of Joc Pederson (2014), Kiké Hernandez (2015), and even Pedro Baez (2014), that feeling of pressure is definitely palpable.
Flashing back, that would almost seem like a Dodger tradition. The 1955 championship team consisted of Brooklyn legends that always came in second to the Giants or Yankees. But them Bums got it before undergoing a talent overhaul.