Dodgers clinch playoffs spot but miss chance to make history
The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated their rivals and clinched a playoff berth on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. The Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants five to three at their home of AT&T Park, earning a spot in the post season.
The Dodgers needed 93 wins to eliminate the National League Center runner-up in the Wild Card race. The Dodgers had lost 11 games in a row before defeating the Giants.
The Dodgers had a chance to beat the Major League Baseball record this year for most wins in a season, which is held by the 1906 Cubs and 2001 Mariners; however, the losing streak now makes that impossible. According to ESPN Stats and Info, the Dodgers would have been on pace to win 116 games, which would have tied the MLB.
Although the Dodgers haven't won the World Series since 1988, they are preparing for their fifth trip to the playoffs in a row.
The only other team that has locked a spot in the playoffs is the Washington Nationals, by beating weaker teams in the National League East such as the Atlanta Braves. As of right now, no American League teams have clinched the playoffs yet.