In the final days, the Dodgers managed to qualify for the playoffs. They thought they had done it on Sunday, but it was finally on Monday that it happened.
And yesterday, with a win over the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers made sure they weren’t caught out West.
Since the start of the season, LA has been the best team on the circuit. The Dodgers aren’t playing in the best division (whatever Dave Roberts thinks), but to see them pull off such a feat on September 13, one month from the playoffs, is pretty crazy.
It is the ninth time in 10 years that the club have won the division. The only exception? Last year, despite a season of… 106 victories.
Clayton Kershaw last night kept his opponents out. For seven innings, he gave almost nothing to opposing hitters.
It was nice to see he was the pitcher.
The Dodgers are therefore not worried in the division, but they are not either in the National in general.
The Cardinals aren’t going to catch up to them, and whichever club wins the East, whether it’s the Mets or the Braves, isn’t going to end up winning more than LA either…barring some disaster.
So the Phillies, Padres and Brewers are really lining up to fight for the last two best second spots right now since the Braves (or Mets) are out of reach.
Milwaukee better get into second gear quickly, even though the club is only two games away from the playoffs.
- In my opinion? Vladimir Guerrero Jr.