Keeping up with the NL West race down the stretch as a Dodgers fan can be an emotional roller coaster to say the least.
While the club’s division foe, the San Francisco Giants, has had a stranglehold on the division lead for majority of the season, the Dodgers do just enough, every week it seems, to fight back within reach of the top spot in the standings.
As it currently stands, the Giants currently have a two game lead over the Dodgers following a walk-off win against the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
Obviously, Los Angeles emphatically reclaiming their crown as the kings of the West would be ideal for the organization, but someone very close to the team has a rather surprising end of the year prognostication in mind for the Blue Crew.
Los Angeles Times Associate Sports Editor Houston Mitchell predicted that the Dodgers will, in fact, finish the year in a tie with the Giants, a conclusion to what has already been a peculiar season for the star-studded ballclub.
“I think what we’re gonna end up with, and this guarantees it won’t happen if I say it, is that they’re gonna end the season tied,” Mitchell said. “I mean, it just seems the way this season has gone, that’s what’s gonna happen and they’ll play one game on the following Monday to determine who wins the division and who goes to a wildcard.”
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Such an ending to the season would mean that this would be the first time in eight seasons that the Dodgers would not finish atop the NL West standings.
“I mean, you look at how evenly matched they’ve been all year, it just makes sense to me,” Mithcell said. “The odds of that happening are probably pretty low but that’s what my gut tells me.”
Los Angeles’s record currently sits at 94-54 following a 3-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds in the series opener on Friday. The Giants pulled off an extra inning win over the Atlanta Braves, keeping their magic alive.