From the beginning of this MLB season, it seemed like a question of “when” rather than “if” the Los Angeles Dodgers would win the National League West division title.
On Tuesday night, over two weeks before the end of the regular season, the Dodgers answered that question at Camden Yards with a 7-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
The Dodgers have won the division in every season since 2013, moving their streak of division titles to seven consecutive seasons. Los Angeles, which looks poised to win home-field advantage in the playoffs with the league’s best record, has been a dominant team throughout the entire season.
LA has seemingly been hot all season, with Cy Young candidate Hyun-jin Ryu leading their pitching staff and NL MVP candidate Cody Bellinger pacing one of the league’s best offenses. The Dodgers have been a team with few weaknesses since the season kicked off in late March, and they’ve now ridden their depth and talent to yet another NL West title.
Young standout Walker Buehler fired a gem for the Dodgers on Tuesday, striking out 11 and allowing zero runs over seven dominant innings. Corey Seager hit a pair of home runs to lead the Dodgers to victory, sending them to a euphoric celebration in the Camden Yards visitor’s clubhouse.
LA will now look to stay healthy and get ready for the playoffs in the season’s final weeks.