/Dodgers become first team to clinch berth in MLBs expanded 2020 postseason

Dodgers become first team to clinch berth in MLBs expanded 2020 postseason


The Los Angeles Dodgers have punched their ticket to Major League Baseball’s expanded postseason.

It took a 7-5 victory against the San Diego Padres and help from the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals to do it Wednesday, but the Dodgers are officially the first team to join the 16-team playoff field.

The Dodgers will now look to win their eighth straight division championship. Wednesday’s win gives them a 3.5-game lead with 10 games left to play. Their magic number to clinch the NL West is seven.

Despite their recent regular season success, L.A. has been unable to achieve the ultimate goal of winning the World Series. Their last championship parade took place in 1988. This club is well-equipped to take the leap in 2020 thanks to a loaded starting rotation and the addition of former American League MVP Mookie Betts in an offseason trade with the Boston Red Sox.

Of course, this postseason will present a new challenge thanks to the added wild card round. The Dodgers will have to win a best-of-three series just to reach the NLDS.

The four remaining NL teams after the wild card round will travel to Texas where the NLDS, NLCS and World Series will all be played in MLB’s postseason bubble.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers congratulates Mookie Betts #50 on a home run against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers congratulates Mookie Betts #50 on a home run against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 13: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers congratulates Mookie Betts #50 on a home run against the
Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

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