Despite tying the franchise’s best record at 106-56, the Dodgers still finished one game behind the Giants in the NL West. It took a Giants franchise record of 107-55 to end LA’s streak of eight consecutive NL West crowns and now LA enters Wednesday’s Wild Card game against the Cardinals as the winningest wild card team ever.
While a second place finish to a 107-win team is nothing to be ashamed of, one can’t help but think of LA’s 5-13 record in extra innings games, the 24-24 record in one run games or losing two out of three to the Rockies at home in late August.
Then there’s the blown call by first-base umpire Ed Hickox on Darin Ruf’s check swing that would have given the Dodgers a 3-2 win over the Giants back in late July. Here’s out it went down: Kenley Jansen was in to close it out for the Dodgers and after loading the bases was one strike away from punching out Darin Ruf helping the Dodgers escape with a 3-2 win. That’s when Ruf appeared to swing at strike three, but it was called a check swing by Hickox and as a result, the Giants evened the score at 3-3 after Ruf drew the free pass.
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LaMonte Wade Jr.’s two-RBI single on the very next pitch would put the Giants on top for good and San Francisco left LA having taken 3 out of 4 in the key NL West showdown. We discuss how Hilcox’s horrendous blown call now looms larger now that the Dodgers finished the regular season one game behind the Giants.
Plus, we discuss MLB’s current postseason format and tell you why the 106-win Dodgers being a Wild Card team proves that the league’s seeding rules are inherently flawed.
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