Every year since 2016, the team that has eliminated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the postseason has gone on to win the World Series.
Until this year that is.
The trend started when the Chicago Cubs defeated the Dodgers in six games in the 2016 NLCS.
The Cubs obviously went on to win it all and break the “Curse of the Billy Goat.”
The Dodgers went on to lose back-to-back World Series in 2017 and 2018 to the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox, respectively.
In 2019, they were eliminated in the NLDS by the Washington Nationals, who went on to win their first World Series title in franchise history.
The cycle continued last year with the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS.
But this year, it’s different.
It was the San Diego Padres who eliminated the Dodgers in the NLDS.
The Padres ended up falling short in the NLCS.
The Padres are the first team since 2015 to eliminate the Dodgers from the postseason and not win the World Series:
2021: Braves in NLCS
2020: Dodgers won
2019: Nationals in NLDS
2018: Red Sox in WS
2017: Astros in WS
2016: Cubs in NLCS
A weird streak finally comes to an end.
— Noah Camras (@noahcamras) October 23, 2022
Padres End A Unique Trend
For the first time since 2015, the team that eliminated the Dodgers did not win the World Series.
It was a crazy streak that had been going on for some time.
The New York Mets were the last team to beat the Dodgers and not win it all, and even they reached the World Series that year.
But for the first time since then, beating the Dodgers does not translate into a World Series ring.
The streak has come to an end, and the Padres will watch the World Series from their living rooms.
But it’s crazy that this went on for six years.
Baseball is a funny game that is full of surprises and odd trends.