Once again on Friday night the Los Angeles Dodgers managed to lose on the same day as the Atlanta Braves. That means that once again they remain a couple of games behind the Braves in the race for the National League’s best record. That is only important if they care about having home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The good news is that they are closing in on clinching their division. As far as clinching the best record goes; who cares?
No really, who cares? The Dodgers have the luxury of being good literally everywhere. They are good at home but also have one of the best road records in all of Major League Baseball. If they continue to not overtake the hobbling Braves for that first spot in the N.L. playoffs it is bound to matter very little unless they wind up going head to head with the Braves. They have the best home record in MLB.
All teams that have been really good for the majority of the season have a tendency to take a large sigh of relief at this time of the year. September is time to rest up even if the team hasn’t clinched yet. The same is true of both the Dodgers and the Braves. Considering the Dodgers ability to win at home and on the road, they really have the chance to take a fun little wink at those losses because they have a few weeks before they have to get ramped up again. I know they are trying to win but at the same time it isn’t worth what it was last month and certainly isn’t worth what it will be worth in October.