Washington Nationals: 5 storylines to watch as Dodgers visit

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Yasiel Puig
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The Dodgers’ recent skid

On August 22, Sports Illustrated speculated as to if the Dodgers were the best team of all time. At the time, the Dodgers were on an unbelievable pace and while dubbing them as the best team of all time was most likely a bit premature, you could make the argument.

Unfortunately for the Dodgers, Sports Illustrated spoke too soon. Since that article was published, the Dodgers are just 5-17. This skid featured the Dodgers losing 11 straight games and losing 16 of 17.

Throughout this stretch, instead of playing like the World Series favorites that they were believed to be, the Dodgers played like one of the worst teams in the league. At one point, Justin Turner even said that the Dodgers are currently baseball’s worst team.

The  Dodgers have now won two in a row, but the skid is not completely in the rear view. If they do not figure things out and go on a deep postseason run, that is what people will remember, a feeling familiar to Washington sports fans. No matter what they did or did not do in the regular season becomes completely irrelevant in the postseason.

On the flip side, if they go on a deep postseason run or even win the World Series, the terrible skid will be completely forgotten.

While the Dodgers have ended their 11-game losing streak, it is still fresh in everyone’s minds. If they struggle in DC this weekend, people will continue to panic. For that reason, how the Dodgers perform this weekend is worth keeping an eye on.

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