Dodgers Clinch Division for 4th Straight Year

by TREVOR KAPIGIAN

Staff Writer

 

The Dodgers clinched the NL West division for the fourth straight year last Sunday at home against the Colorado Rockies in an extra inning comeback win. The Dodgers were down 2-1 early, then their rookie phenom, Corey Seager, hit a triple to tie it up. Then down 3-2 with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, Seager came up to bat and belted a homerun to tie the game up, sending it into extra innings.

 

Then Dodgers infielder, Charlie Culberson, came up to bat in the 10th inning and launched a solo-walk off home run to clinch their division. This made the game a bit more special for the Dodgers legend, Vin Scully. Vin Scully has been calling Dodgers games for the past 67 years. Scully, who was set to retire this year, will finish his career on the Dodgers last game at AT&T Park against the San Francisco Giants.

 

Dodgers Corey Seager looks like the clear favorite to win NL Rookie of the Year. He is batting .312 with 26 home runs and 72 RBI’s. Seager has already set Dodgers rookie and regular season records. He’s hit the most home runs by a shortstop in Dodger history. Justin Turner leads the team in home runs (27) and RBI’s (90). Both are career highs for him. Seager leads the team in Batting AVG, OBP, and hits.

 

Rookie Pitcher Kenta Maeda leads the team in Wins (16), ERA (3.28), and Strikeouts (176). Their Ace, Clayton Kershaw, who was pitching some of the best baseballs of his career and he is on pace to lead the league in ERA and Strikeouts, was hurt and placed on the DL, making him ineligible to lead the league in any category except for shoutouts, which he has 3. Their closer, Kenley Jansen, is second in the league in saves with 49.

 

The Dodgers overcame injuries for the second half of the season managing to go ahead of the Giants in the standings. The Giants struggled all of the second half of the season and the Dodgers took advantage and won the division for the 4th straight year.  

 

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