Yes, the Dodgers have a best-in-baseball 104 wins, which means they will have the home-field advantage in the post-season, as long as they remain a participant. Yes, they have advanced to the post-season for the fifth consecutive season. They, however, are 0-for-10 in their bids to win a World Series since their last World Championship in 1988, and have in the last four years have lost in the NLCS twice and the NLDS twice. And just their luck, they will open this post-season on Friday at Dodger Stadium against either the Rockies or D-Backs.
Big deal. Yep, big deal. They may have won more regular season games than in any season since their franchise-record 105 games in 1953 when they lost the World Series to the Yankees in six games. But they did face two stumbling blocks in 2017 — the D-Backs and Rockies. Their two NL West rivals are the only two teams among the 20 that the Dodgers have faced this year who have won the season series from the Dodgers.
They lost 11 of 19 against the D-Backs, and 10 of 9 to the Rockies. The last two wins came after the Rockies finally clinched the second NL wild-card spot on Saturday afternoon, and took advantage of that opportunity to provide a rest for some key players in advance of the Wild-Car showdown in Arizona against the D-Backs on Wednesday. o far.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was a dominating 18-4 with a 2.31 ERA this season, but the Rockies were his headache. They were the only team to beat him twice. They hit .280 against him the highest average of any team. And his 4.01 ERA against the Rockies was the fourth highest Kershaw had against a team.
This is the sixth year of MLB having two wild-cards from each league. And it is the fourth time two teams from the same division have claimed the wild-card spots, the third time in six years in the NL. Last year was the only time in the six years in the AL.
Divisions with two wild-cards in the post-season:
|AL West: D-Backs, Rockies|
|AL East Blue Jays, Orioles|
|Wild-Card: Blue Jays beat Orioles|
|ALDS: Blue Jays beat Rangers|
|ALCS: Blue Jays lost to Indians|
|NL Central: Cubs, Pirates|
|Wild-Card: Cubs beat Pirates|
|LDS: Cubs beat Cardinals|
|LCS: Cubs lost to Mets|
|NL Central: Pirates, Reds|
|NL Wild-Card: Pirates beat Reds|
|NLDS: Cardinals beat Pirates|
Nolan Arenado has been the Dodgers biggest nightmare. He leads all players with six doubles, seven home runs and 18 RBI against the Dodgers this year, which in part can be attributed to the fact the Rockies are in the same division as the Dodgers so he has had more opportunities. He, however, also has the highest batting average and slugging percentage of any player against the Dodgers. Oh, and among the top 20 averages compiled against the Dodgers this year, eight belong to Rockies or D-Backs