In terms of standings or positioning for postseason play, the Los Angeles Dodgers have nothing to gain or lose from their series with the Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers clinched the National League West title with their win Wednesday over the San Francisco Giants, which also ensured them home-field advantage in the NLDS.
Heading into Friday, the Dodgers had an outside shot at catching the Washington Nationals for the best record in the NL, but that came to an end with a Nationals win in the first game of a doubleheader.
Despite being locked into their postseason position, Justin Turner, who started at shortstop in place of Hanley Ramirez, said the team is still playing for momentum’s sake and won’t give anything away, via Dan Arritt of ESPN LA:
We still have a lot to play for,” he said. “We’re trying to keep our momentum going into the playoffs. No one is going to go up there and give at-bats away or not try.”
The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead Friday, then fell behind before using a six-run sixth inning to take a decided lead. With his belief the Dodgers still have reason to win, Turner was pleased with the team’s second straight comeback win:
I thought that was great to come from behind again. It’s a god feeling for us. It’s good to have that momentum back.”
As he’s been for much of the season, Turner found himself in the thick of the Dodgers’ offensive attack. His infield single in the sixth inning that was stopped in shallow center field scored two runs and gave the Dodgers the lead.
The Dodgers have just two games remaining on their regular-season schedule and like Friday, they’ll in a sense be used as an audition for players who are competing for a spot on the postseason roster.