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We’re down to the final four teams in the playoffs and all four have something to prove as we wind down this Major League Baseball season:
• The Los Angeles Dodgers have won eight consecutive National League West Division titles, but they still seek the World Series championship that has eluded them since 1988 — it has been 13 postseason trips without a title. “It took me six months to recover from last year,” manager Dave Roberts said at the start of the postseason. They were the favorite to win it all in March, the favorite in July and remain the favorite.
• This is the Atlanta Braves‘ 16th trip to the playoffs since winning their lone World Series in 1995, and they believe they should have been in this position last year after losing to the Cardinals. “We all know baseball is a funny game, and they made us wait one more year,” said likely National League MVP Freddie Freeman. “That’s OK with us. We just know we have a really good team right now.”
• The Tampa Bay Rays are the small-market team with the small-market payroll trying to do big things. This is