The Los Angeles Dodgers enter the second half of the season with the best record in baseball and a core that includes five All-Stars, but they face the same question that has followed the team since 1988: When will L.A. win the World Series again?
That's the question manager Dave Roberts and those five All-Stars faced most at All-Star Media Day in Cleveland on Monday. The Dodgers have lost the World Series each of the last two seasons, but Dodgers outfielder and MVP candidate Cody Bellinger insists that isn't a thought this team thinks about on a day-to-day basis.
"I think in spring training you think about October and what we can do in spring training to get back to October," Bellinger said. "Whether we were in the World Series or not, everyone's goal is to get to the postseason and get to the World Series.
"Especially being in Los Angeles, you've got to win," he said. "We like winning."
Los Angeles has done that in the first half of the season. The Dodgers have the best run differential (+129) and best home record (37-12). That's led to a commanding 13 1/2-game lead in the NL West and makes Los Angeles a strong bet to get back to the postseason for the seventh straight season.