The final game of the season has come and gone. 20 teams are going home. Two more teams will go home by the time Thursday arrives. But for the Dodgers, they’re planning on staying around until they win 11 more games.
And why not? As they finished the year with a 9-0 win over the Giants and a 7-game winning streak, they set a franchise record with 106 wins. So while other teams are headed home for the winter, the Dodgers are headed back to Los Angeles to prepare to host the winner of the Wild Card game.
In fact, the Dodgers have already begun to prepare for the playoffs. In the final game of the season, Dave Roberts managed the bullpen as if it was a playoff game, even letting Clayton Kershaw pitch in relief.
Rich Hill started the game, going 3 innings this time and allowing just 1 hit and 2 walks with 4 strikeouts. Joe Kelly returned to the mound for a scoreless outing and Adam Kolarek successfully retired the one batter he faced.
The Dodger offense was working as well, scoring 5 runs in the first inning. Corey Seager got them on the board with a bases-clearing 3-run double, then Will Smith broke the game open with a two-run homer.
So that’s it. The end of the regular season. But there’s still more baseball to be played. The Dodgers need just 11 wins and they can bring home the World Series Ring for the first time since 1988.
The Dodgers will face either the Nationals or the Brewers in the NLDS. The NL Wild Card game will be played on Tuesday and will determine the Dodgers’ opponent. The NLDS will begin on Thursday and will be televised on TBS.