With a win over the Giants on Friday evening, the Dodgers clinched the 2017 National League West Division Championship. It’s the Dodgers’ fifth straight and 16th overall NL West title, as the club reached the postseason in five consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
Rookie first baseman Cody Bellinger came up big on offense for the Boys in Blue in the 4-2 victory, launching a three-run bomb into the stands with two out in the third inning. The blast was his 39th of the year, putting him in sole possession of the National league’s all-time rookie record. Rich Hill was credited with his 11th win of the season, while closer Kenley Jansen registered his 40th save. The Dodgers are now 98-56 on the season, and lead the Nationals by 5-1/2 games for home field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.
The Dodgers will play “October Baseball” for the 31st time in franchise history—the 22nd time in Los Angeles—and for the eighth time in the last 12 years. The Dodgers previously won division titles in 1974, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and twice reached the postseason as the Wild Card, in 1996 and 2006. In franchise history, the club has won six World Series championships and 21 National League pennants.
The Dodgers are the first team in NL West history to win the division in five consecutive seasons and the first MLB team to win five straight division titles since the Philadelphia Phillies, who accomplished the feat by winning the NL East in five consecutive season from 2007-11.
Dave Roberts joins Tommy Lasorda as the only managers to lead the Dodgers to two straight division titles in their first two seasons as a Major League skipper, while President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman and General Manager Farhan Zaidi assembled their third division champion in as many seasons with the club.
(Lauren Douglas furnished some information provided in this report)