Dodgers Prepare for Last Regular Season Series

The final series of the season is here, a rare six-game set against the Colorado Rockies.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are closing the 2022 season with the same team they opened it up against. One hundred eight wins and counting for the Dodgers, they are 60 games over .500 for the first time in franchise history, just unreal records during this decade-long run. They’re the first team to achieve the feat since the Mariners did in 2001. Three teams this season haven’t even reached 60 wins.

However, the biggest question for October is who will close games for the Dodgers.

It has been apparent that Craig Kimbrel isn’t that guy anymore. If anything, these six games should be used as tryouts for the playoff roster, including position players. There are only so many spots available.

Several candidates are coming on late such as Miguel Vargas, who had himself a day yesterday.

Looking at the new playoff format, the first seed does get a bye, but not relatively the best matchup, as they’ll play the winner of the series between the fourth and fifth seed. Depending on the winning teams, I think there should be reseeding after that first round, similar to how the NFL implies.

The Dodgers also announced their starting pitchers for what is left of the regular season. Clayton Kershaw will start the first game of the series and the last game of the series. A six-game regular season series to end before the playoffs are pretty intriguing. It gives you that playoff feeling of playing the same team repeatedly, but the Rockies are a long way from playoff competition.

The pitching order for the Dodgers goes as follows: Kershaw, Michael Grove, Tyler Anderson, Tony Gonsolin, Julio Urias, and Kershaw again. Colorado has only announced their starters until Sunday, beginning with Chad Kuhl, Kyle Freeland, and German Marquez.

There is a clinching scenario tonight at Dodger Stadium, as the Dodgers can clinch home-field advantage throughout the World Series. They’ve already clinched the best record, but if they somehow lose six games in a row and the Astros win six in a row, and they met each other in the postseason, Houston would have home field. However, with a win, the Dodgers will secure home field and won’t have to open a series on the road even though they won over 100 games like last season.

If you also want to keep an eye on potential playoff opponents for the Dodgers, the Mets and Braves are only a game apart for the N.L. East Crown, and they face-off in a series this weekend. The second place will face the fifth seed, which is currently the Padres, who have a 2 ½ lead on the Phillies and a three-game lead on the Brewers.

So, it is quite possible that the Dodgers will face a team in the NLDS that has won over 100 games for the second straight year.

The first pitch for Friday night is scheduled at 7:10 p.m. Pacific.

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Tony Gonsolin Begins 2022 Regular Season in Key Starting Rotation Role

Righty pitcher Tony Gonsolin has always embraced each role the Dodgers put him in over the last three years; but for the first time in his career, he’s opening the season in the big-league starting rotation — the role in which he’s most comfortable.

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It is finally here — Opening Day for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2022. There were many questions surrounding whether we’d even get to this point just a couple of months ago.

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Dodgers Meet Rockies for Final Time in 2021

As the Dodgers enter the final stretch of the season, they are still only one game behind the Giants. If a tight division race wasn’t nerve-racking enough, being a game apart from your most hated vision rival adds another element.

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Dodgers Open Six-Game Homestand Against Rockies

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With their latest win by a score of 4-0 against the San Diego Padres, not only did the Dodgers manage to sweep, but with it being their 81st win of the season, they now have 11 straight seasons without a losing record., which is their longest streak since they moved to the West Coast.

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More Thoughts on Giants vs. Dodgers Series, NL West Divisional Race

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Over the last couple of days, the Dodgers on multiple occasions were an inning away from moving into first place in the NL West. After losing three out of four games to the first-place San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles now stands three games out first. Even though the Dodgers are still 20 games above .500 with all their injuries, the fans still expect more with all the team’s talent.

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Dodgers Face Rockies at Coors Field to Open Second Half

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The Los Angels Dodgers will begin their second half of the season Friday on the road against the Colorado Rockies, the same opponent which they faced in the season opener.

 Friday will be beginning of a 16-game stretch when the Dodgers will only play divisional opponents. This stretch will encompass the remainder of July. They won’t face a non division opponent until August 3 when they host the Houston Astros. 

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Dodgers Prepare for Home Series Against Rockies

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Here we are still during the first month of the season and there are only three teams that have not lost a series. The Dodgers are one of those teams, along with crosstown rivals the Angels and the Royals.

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