The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first major league baseball team to secure a place in the postseason when they beat the San Diego Padres 7-5 on Wednesday.
The win in San Diego marked the eighth consecutive trip to the playoffs, marking the third longest playoff streak in MLB history, with only the Atlanta Braves (14) from 1991-2005 and the New York Yankees (1995-2007). 13) were.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts did not know his team had left until he was asked about it after the game.
This was considered the longest running conclusion for the Dodgers, with a 35-15 record The best of the tombs. Clinting was a “first step,” Roberts said.
Dustin May, Who threw a 5/3 innings from Bullpen on Wednesday, confirmed that as part of the COVID-19 protocol, the MLB does not want teams to celebrate Wild Club House after the climb.
Asked if the Dodgers were celebrated, he said: “No. We are not allowed.” But catching a postseason spot is “something you grind for the whole season,” he said.
“The weather is different, but we had to grind in the quarantine zone, so you’re still going to feel a lot of excitement,” May said.
Roberts said: “I’m celebrating by saying I’m proud of our boys and it was a great series. I think it surprised us all because we were trying to win this series. “I think these words will travel once. We’ve got on the plane.”
The Dodgers maintain a 3½ game lead over the Padres with 10 games remaining. If so, the LA will host a wild-card series out of the top three against No. 8 seed in the National League in 14 days.
If both the Dodgers and the Padres move forward, they will meet in the five-game NL Division Series at the Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas from October 6, although the teams could end up with two excellent baseball records.
Given the semi-bubble set for October and the potential for fans in attendance, first-place teams like the Dodgers get something to meet their league’s best records.
The only real benefit comes from hosting the opening series, an advantage given to the top four teams in each league. There will be no holidays inside each of the first three rounds, and this is one of the many logistical issues that Roberts believes should have been addressed sooner.
“These are things that should have been dealt with when we came out a week ago,” Roberts said ahead of Wednesday’s game.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.