The clinched the season series over the ' 12-1 win over San Francisco todayGiants, meaning the Dodgers have won the season series against all four National League West opponents. Since the birth of the five-team NL West in 1998 (the Diamondbacks' first season), the only other year the Dodgers have won the season series against all four divisional opponents was 2004, a division winning year.
The Dodgers are 43-23 against the NL West, with six games left against divisional foes, not surprisingly the best mark in the division. Its also the best intra-divisional record in the National League. Since the advent of the unbalanced schedule in 2001, NL West teams have played between 18 and 19 games against each team in their division, meaning between 44-47% of the schedule is played with familiar foes. It seems logical that having success in your own division will lead to success. Here's a look at the last nine seasons of the NL West:
|Year||Best Div Record||Division Winner|
||Dodgers||I think we know|
|*made playoffs as Wild Card
If the Dodgers hold on to win the division, that will mean that the team with the best intra-divisional record in the NL West has made the playoffs seven times in nine seasons. If they win their final six games within the division, the Dodgers will match the 2003 Giants' 53-23 divisional record. Every game on the schedule is important, but good things happen when you beat your direct competitors.