Indeed, many media outlets covering the Dodgers could probably spend half of the winter writing about what Andrew Friedman told reporters at his end-of-season press conference on Monday.
With exactly six games remaining on their regular season schedule, the Dodgers begin their final road trip of the season on Tuesday with a 4-1/2 game lead over the Braves for home field advantage throughout the National League playoffs.
While fans knew it would happen eventually, the Dodgers made a seventh consecutive division crown a reality on Thursday evening after defeating the Orioles 7-3 in Baltimore.
After dropping the first two contests of the weekend in disappointing fashion, the Dodgers rebounded in the finale on Sunday to handle the Giants in convincing fashion, 5-0.
Entering this weekend’s series against the Giants, the Dodgers have exactly 20 games remaining. As far as the race with the Braves for home-field advantage in the NL playoffs goes, perhaps the most advantageous thing for Los Angeles is that just five of those 20 contests are against teams with winning records.
Skipper Dave Roberts will be one of the first to tell you that there’s some type of positive lesson in every negative situation—that’s just the type of person he is.
Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger each homered in the first inning of Sunday’s series finale against Arizona, propelling the Dodgers to an eventual 9-3 victory over their division rival and stretching their NL West lead to a whopping 19 games.
Pinch-hitting for Kenley Jansen in the bottom of the ninth inning in Sunday’s finale, rookie catcher Will Smith slugged a three-run, pinch-hit walkoff homer to secure both a 6-3 victory and series sweep over division rival Colorado.
In the middle game of the weekend series against the Giants on Saturday night, Corey Seager came up huge, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI. He helped lift the Dodgers to a 7-2 victory, as his team is back in the winning column after a two-game skid, leading the second-place Rockies in the West by a full 10 games.. Seager is amid his most productive streak of the season—when he’s hot, he certainly makes the Los Angeles lineup one of the most potent in the league.