The saying goes, “winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” This season, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been doing a lot of it. They were the first team to 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, and 70 wins, and were merely a few hours away from being the first team to 80. The New York Yankees narrowly beat them to it.
The Dodgers have taken all the drama out of the NL West race, so much so that they are flying under the radar while still being the best team in baseball. The NL East is mildly close, while the NL Central chase is looking like it will come down to the last week of baseball. However, the Wild Card is certainly wild this year.
The New York Mets have captured some attention with the run they went on, but still, sit only 2 games above .500. There are four teams within 3.5 games of the last wild card spot, and it’s possible that three Central teams sneak into the playoffs.
All of the attention is on other ball clubs at this point. The only thing the Dodgers are playing for is a home-field advantage, and to fight off complacency. Either way, this Dodger team is unlike any other, at least in my lifetime, where they have been so good, it’s become boring. They are that much better than the rest of the National League.
Let’s get one thing straight though, that does not translate to assured October success. They will win their 7th straight division title, but if they don’t celebrate after recording the last out of the baseball season, this snooze fest will result in a postseason nightmare. Again.
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