Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was not even aware his team had won until he was asked about it after the game.This has long been considered inevitable for the Dodgers, whose 35-15 record is the best of the majors.
“It’s a first step,” Roberts said of the clinch.
The Dodgers maintain a 3½ game lead over the Padres with 10 games to go. If true, LA will host the first set of top three wild cards against the National League No.8 seed in 14 days.
If the Dodgers and Padres both advance, they will meet in the NL Division’s five-game series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX starting Oct.6, though both teams could finish with both. best baseball records.
Given the near-bubble established for October and the improbability of the fans in attendance, first-place teams such as the Dodgers get little or no advantage by finishing with the best record in their league.
The only real advantage comes from the organization of the opening series, an advantage given to each of the top four teams in each league. There will be no holidays during each of the first three rounds, among the many logistical issues that Roberts said should have been addressed sooner.
“These are things that should have been sorted out before the end of the week,” Roberts said ahead of Wednesday’s game.