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Dodgers Clinch a Playoff Berth With Win Over the Padres

Once again, the Dodgers are headed to the postseason.



In a year filled with so much uncertainty and change, it’s important to stop and soak in the little victories. For Dodgers fans, Los Angeles making the playoffs is still considered a small victory at this point. 

Regardless, the Dodgers were able to clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Padres on Wednesday. That was made possible by losses from both the Colorado Rockies as well as the Milwaukee Brewers. It is now impossible for Los Angeles to miss out on the postseason.

The 60-game season has flown by as expected, and the Dodgers are right where we expected them to be. They locked down their 35th win of the season and have a really good shot of reaching 40 wins. They also managed to leave San Diego with a 3.5 games lead in the NL West over the Padres. Winning the division isn’t the most important thing this year, but it helps set the tone.

The Dodgers will head to Colorado to start a series against the Rockies on Thursday. Los Angeles currently has Julio Urias listed to start game one on Thursday in what will be a four-game set with the 4th place Rockies.  

Colorado has lost 6 of their last 8 games since coming off of a series win over the Dodgers. 

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles!

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. The most important thing here is for Dodgers to get the starting rotation in the playoffs figured out. I am guessing Kershaw and Buehler although depending on Buehler’s blister it might be Kershaw, Gonsolin & Urias.
    May pitched well tonight but after 74 pitches he started to get hit.
    Will Smith had a key at-bat and RBI and I am hoping he plays primarily in the playoffs.
    Muncy, Pederson, and Lux are still not hitting well and Bellinger is still having trouble with inside fastballs.
    We shall see how it goes. With Roberts, managing Dodgers are in trouble.

    • I disagree. Have to give kudos today to Doc and staff for game planning and management. It’s obvious they’re feeling out player’s performance in situations for the playoffs. Today the Dodgers showed the Padres are still a class above them. They held Tatis to only one hit for the series, Manny only had a solo, Mookie ran circles around them and outhit both of them combined, Doc had the team prepared mentally and the switch of Bazooka to open and then bring in Code Red can give other options in the playoffs. Glad to finally see Max and Cody go oppo hits for rbi’s. Take what they give you, helps to keep pressure on the opponent. And young Fresh Prince is maturing in any situations he’s put in! I’m glad the hotdogging no-class Padres woke up the Dodgers.

    • CK, Gonsolin, then if he can go, Buehler,or Urias . I am a bit concerned by what Baez is showing, or I should throwing right about now. They mentioned on the broadcast about his decline in velocity.

  2. I disagree. Have to give kudos today to Doc and staff for game planning and management. It’s obvious they’re feeling out player’s performance in situations for the playoffs. Today the Dodgers showed the Padres are still a class above them. They held Tatis to only one hit for the series, Manny only had a solo, Mookie ran circles around them and outhit both of them combined, Doc had the team prepared mentally and the switch of Bazooka to open and then bring in Code Red can give other options in the playoffs. Glad to finally see Max and Cody go oppo hits for rbi’s. Take what they give you, helps to keep pressure on the opponent. And young Fresh Prince is maturing in any situations he’s put in! I’m glad the hotdogging no-class Padres woke up the Dodgers.

  3. This series was a nice statement to the Padres. May looked good and will look even better in the postseason, with the foot issue gone. Urias should go to the bullpen. Kershaw, Buehler, May, Gonsolin will be the rotation in the postseason, unless Gonsolin moves to closer. The closer position should be wide open. Jansen has proven that he’s not the guy. Let them compete for it down to the wire.

  4. Correction: 3rd sentence should be—– Today the Dodgers showed the Padres that Big Blue is still a class above them!

  5. Should not have removed Gonzalez so fast. You have a big lead and he was pitching well. Over managing. Baez does not look right, not throwing fastballs. Belanger is not right either. Besides his hitting he is not getting down the line as quickly as he did last year. He also looks like he lost weight.

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