Since Dave Roberts was named Los Angeles Dodgers manager before the 2016 season, his team has made the National League Championship Series every single year and won the pennant in 2017 and 2018. While the Dodgers remain in pursuit of their first World Series championship since 1988, they are already the heavy favorites to reach their third straight Fall Classic and on track to contend for the best regular-season record in baseball for the second time in Roberts' four-year tenure. The Dodgers have won in all sorts of ways, from blowouts to pitching duels to unlikely walk-offs like Russell Martin's two-out, two-run chopper that went for a single in the bottom of the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. With a massive lead in the NL West, the Dodgers could easily look ahead to the postseason and dial back the intensity during mid-August games with little meaning.
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