It’s a given at this point that the Dodgers are going to the playoffs. But for a brief moment last week, it looked like their reign in the National League West was in jeopardy. The Padres had pulled within a game and a half last week, making things interesting if only for a night.
It’s great. I think the message to the team is going to be that this is just a different crazy kind of year but for us to come together and learn a lot about each other…and to stay the course and win the National League West is just special for all of us. -Dave Roberts
Tonight, the Dodgers defeated the Oakland Athletics and clinched the NL West for the 8th straight year dating back to 2013. The win over the A’s wasn’t the only thing needed to clinch though. With the magic number being at 2 games, the Padres also had to lose to the Angels in order to make it happen. Thankfully, the Angels came through and took down San Diego.
Congratulations to the Los Angeles @Dodgers for clinching their EIGHTH STRAIGHT NL West crown!
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) September 23, 2020
The Dodgers poured on 7 runs thanks to 4 homeruns launched off of the Athletics. They clinched their division with the 39th win of the season and just 5 games left to go in this shortened year. Dustin May got the start and ultimately ended up getting the win in this one. He went 5 innings and allowed 2 earned runs, also allowing a season-high 3 walks.
It means a lot. It’s just step one of, I don’t even know how many steps there are but it’s just step one of where we want to be. -Mookie Betts
For now, the only thing really left to do for the Dodgers is to wait. They will play the number 8 seed during the wildcard series, but that race is still razor-thin. Right now, the Brewers, Reds, Phillies, and Giants are all potential teams they could face. They will likely have to wait that one out until after Sunday though, as the rest of the NL sorts itself out.