Dodgers, Cardinals Look to Tune-Up Before Postseason

Mookie magic propelled the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 walk-off win Thursday. It was the Dodgers 104th victory this season, which puts them three wins away from their franchise record with 12 games left to play.

Sure, breaking the franchise record will be nice, and it raises the question if this is the best Dodger team of all time. But, we all know the actual goal, and it’s cruise control until the postseason.

The Dodgers look to inch closer to the 107 mark against the St, Louis Cardinals this weekend. A nice series against another playoff team, and it pauses all the division play the Dodgers have been doing. This is the last non-division series for the regular season until the playoffs.

The Dodgers are expected to honor former Dodger Albert Pujols before Friday’s opener. Pujols, however, is still looking to break more records than he already has. Pujols looks to reach 700 home runs. He is currently at 698, so there could be potential history at Dodger Stadium. So for those sitting in the pavilions, bring a glove.

Back to the Dodgers, Craig Kimbrel pitched the top of the ninth inning Thursday and gave up a homer that put the Diamondbacks in front. Kimbrel had a stretch in which he pitched scoreless innings, but he’s back to giving up runs. Just an inconsistent year from Kimbrel, and it’s going to be hard not to have a panic attack if he steps onto the mound in October despite the leverage situation.

L.A. has already clinched a first-round bye, and the only thing left to clinch is the best record in the majors. It appears if anyone can catch them, it will be the Houston Astros, who are 5 ½ games behind. The current magic number for the Dodgers to clinch the top spot is eight, so barring any last-minute disaster, they should be able to get it.

The Dodgers, including this series, only have three series remaining. After the Cardinals, they’ll face the Padres in San Diego, which might as well be another home series at Dodger Stadium south. They’ll then conclude the regular season with six straight against the Rockies, the same team they began the season against.

Pitching matchups for the three-game set against the Cardinals have been set. The Dodgers are trotting out all left-handers with Andrew Heaney, Clayton Kershaw, and Tyler Anderson. The only worry for the Dodgers is health and getting the players tuned up for the postseason.

The Cardinals are countering with left-handers Jose Quintana and Jordan Montgomery and veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright for the finale. So quite the familiar names and a couple of baseball legends on the field for this series.

The first pitch for Friday’s game is at 7:10 p.m. It will also be an Apple T.V. exclusive.

Dodgers, Giants Face Off for Final Time in 2022

The last trip up to the bay for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the three-game series in which they got swept, seems like ages ago. But a lot has changed since that series, as the teams have trended in opposite directions.

The Dodgers have clinched the division and are looking to surpass the 100-win mark in this series. The Giants are at 69-74 and 8 ½ games out of a playoff spot.

Los Angeles is still five games ahead of the Astros for the best record in the league, which is really what they should be focused on now. That and keeping everyone healthy, but you can only do so much. Max Muncy was hurt in the last game of the year last season, but that was in the middle of a tight pennant race.

After this game, the Dodgers only have three road games against the Padres. The rest of the games are home games.

With the Dodgers clinching this early, it could hurt or help them. It gives them the chance to rest players, but at the same time, too much rest can always cause a player to go cold.

Apart from that early season sweep, the Dodgers have dominated the Giants. The Blue Crew have swept the Giants twice in four-game series. The Dodgers own a 12-4 record against the Giants this season and have beat up on the division quite a lot.

Pitching matchups have been set for this season finale between the two rivals. The Dodgers are starting Dustin May, Julio Urias, and Andrew Heaney. These starts will also become tryouts for the postseason roster, as the Dodgers can only fit so many players into the roster.

May came back from Tommy John surgery late this season and is still looking to ramp up for the postseason, as the Dodgers could use him. Urias has been the most consistent Dodger starter this season, and it is incredible how far he’s come. Heaney, while he has struggled with injuries a bit, has had an excellent deal, similar to Tyler Anderson on a one-year deal.

The Giants are starting Logan Webb and Alex Cobb. They have not announced a starter for Saturday’s game.

No matter the record, it is always fun to beat the hated ones from up North. Hopefully, the Dodgers can put one last exclamation point on the rivalry for this year. It will be the last time the two teams play each other 19 times each year, as there will be fewer meetings between division rivals next year due to scheduling enhancements.

Friday’s game is on Apple TV, the first pitch will be at 7:15 p.m. Pacific.

Dodgers Host Giants for Final Time in 2022

While many fans of the Dodgers anticipated a much tighter division race at the beginning of the season, the final meeting between Los Angeles and San Francisco at Dodger Stadium this year has little impact on the way the NL West is turning out.

Before Monday’s first pitch, the Dodgers own a full 19-game lead over the Padres. The Giants are still on the southside of .500 with a 64-68 record and 27-1/2 games out of first place.

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Dodgers, Padres Begin Weekend Series

We are now entering the final month of the regular season. With the MLB lockout pushing back the season, the regular season ends a little into October.

Oddly enough, the Dodgers end the season with six straight games against the Rockies.

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Dodgers Return Home to Face Marlins

After posting a 4-3 record on their latest road trip, the Dodgers are finally back home, as they will begin a seven game homestand with a three game series against the Marlins.

At this point the Dodgers have a couple of things they need to focus on before the postseason. For one, it’s health. That has been the biggest factor in past seasons and figures to be that once again this year.

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Dodgers First MLB Team to 80 Wins Despite a Season Filled with Injuries

Despite the team’s many injuries, the Los Angeles Dodgers have become the first MLB club to 80 wins. The Dodgers improved their league-best record to 80-34, after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 on Monday night.

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Dodgers Keeping Stride as Current Homestand Concludes

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been steamrolling everyone. Lately, they haven’t lost a game in over a week. The Blue Crew swept San Diego amid all the big names they traded for. The Dodgers have the best record in the majors at 75-33 and are 16 games up on the second-place Padres.

The team is hitting all cylinders with under two months left in the season. They’ve won eight games in a row and are 9-1 in their last ten games.

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Freeway Series Preview, Latest Dodger Notes

The final series of the first half is here, and wow, did it fly by quickly. The Dodgers and Angels will play a two-game Freeway series before the All-Star break, with a rare off-day on Sunday.

The Dodgers lead the season series two games to none, with Tyler Anderson pitching a no-hitter into the ninth in one of those games. If the Dodgers can sweep these next two games, they’ll finish with 60 wins in the first half, which is quite remarkable due to the team’s injuries.

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Dodgers Claim Righty Pitcher Ian Gibaut from Guardians

Nearly two weeks after dropping a series to the Cleveland Guardians, the Dodgers claimed one of their former relievers in righty Ian Gibaut.

Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing 250 pounds, the 28-year-old Gibaut brings a sizable presence to the mound. The Houston native and former 11th round pick of the Rays in 2015 made his MLB debut with Tampa back in 2019.

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