All the big news across the baseball blogosphere on Tuesday night surrounded the Dodgers and their eighth straight National League West division title. And, although it doesn’t really mean much in the eyes of many,… More
While we all know that there’s a very good chance the Dodgers walk away with the National League’s top playoff seed, what we don’t know is how the team will put together its starting playoff rotation.
After the Dodgers lead dwindled down to 1.5 games at the beginning of the week, it is now back up to a full four games. The magic number for an eighth consecutive National League West Division title is down to five with only nine games to play. On Wednesday, the Dodgers became the first team to clinch a playoff berth. The season has breezed by as we all expected a 60-game season to be. As we enter the final week of the season, it would have been exciting to watch this Dodger team over a full 162-game season. But, at least the front office secured Mookie Betts for the next dozen years, which I’d believe 99 percent of Dodger fans would be content with.
Well, it wasn’t necessarily pretty or polished, but the Dodgers did what needed to be done against the San Diego Padres, taking two game out of three and re-extending their lead in the NL West. The Dodgers now lead the division by 3.5 games with 10 games to go in the regular season.
In what was perhaps their most meaningful series so far this season, the Dodgers handled rival San Diego in the three-game set two games to one, re-stretching their division lead to 3-1/2 games. In the process, they were the first major league club to clinch a berth in the 2020 postseason.
In what is a very crucial series, the Dodgers saw their lead diminish to only 1.5 games ahead of the red-hot San Diego Padres after the first game. All seemed well when the Dodgers were leading 1-0, but then came the 7th inning and the Padres just mounted it on for a 7-2 victory.
Note to self – do not title a blog post “Do the Dodgers Have a Pitching Problem” because then, they really will.
Before the beginning of Sunday’s games, the Dodgers still had the best record in the majors at 32-14. They sat in front of NL West rival San Diego by a full three games, and their inclusion in the 2020 postseason playoff picture is imminent. However, there’s been a ton of discussions about potential home field advantage and what it might mean in the postseason.
Without question, as the 2020 playoffs rapidly approach, the biggest roster issue currently on the minds of Dodgers fans everywhere is the state of the starting pitching rotation.
To the shock of many Dodger fans, Ross Stripling, a fan favorite, was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays at the August 31st deadline. The deal wasn’t announced until nearly an hour after the deadline. In return, the Dodgers received the 11th ranked prospect in the Blue Jays farm system, right-handed pitcher Kendall Williams. Getting Williams is a nice return, but he can’t help the current ballclub, who is in win-now mode, especially as the postseason approaches. While Stripling was struggling at times, he could have provided support down the stretch in case of an emergency.