The Dodgers' entered the week with their magic number at two. Last Thursday night, that number hit zero when Los Angeles defeated Arizona to clinch its first division title since 2009. Let's take a look at what else happened this week.
Diamondbacks: Arizona was 3-4 this week. The Diamondbacks started off the week with a 7-6 loss at home to the Dodgers that officially eliminated them from division race. The Dbacks then won two of three against the Rockies before dropping two of three against the Padres.
Rockies: Colorado was 3-3 this week. The Rockies started off the week with a 7-6 win over the Cardinals to split a four game series. Colorado then lost two of three against Arizona before splitting a two game series against Boston.
Giants: San Francisco was 3-3 this week. The Giants started off the week with 2-1 win over the Mets at Citi Field. San Francisco then traveled to Yankee Stadium where it lost two of three. The Giants finished the week by splitting two games with the Dodgers.
Padres: San Diego was 3-4 this week. The Padres started off the week with a 10-1 loss to the Pirates. San Diego then lost two of three against Los Angeles before winning two of three against the Arizona.
Dodgers: Los Angeles was 4-2 this week. The Dodgers started off the week with a 7-6 win over the Diamondbacks to clinch the division. Los Angeles then won two of three in San Diego before splitting two games in San Francisco.
WHAT'S IN STORE FOR THESE TEAMS IN THE FINAL FEW DAYS OF THE REGULAR SEASON:
Diamondbacks: One game against the Padres and three against the Nationals
Rockies: Off day and then three against the Dodgers
Giants: One game against the Dodgers and three against the Padres
Padres: One game against the Diamondbacks and three against the Giants
Dodgers: One game against the Giants and three against the Rockies
OVERALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Rockies' first baseman Todd Helton. The veteran hit .423 in six games for Colorado this week. Helton totaled six runs, five doubles, two homers, nine RBIs (which led the division), one walk, and six strike outs this week. The former first round draft pick also hit a home run in his final game at Coors Field.
BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
Dodgers' starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw. The lefty defeated the Padres 4-0 on Saturday September 21st. Kershaw threw seven innings of shutout ball and gave up just three hits. The 2011 NL Cy Young winner also struck out 10 and walked two. The impressive start lowered his ERA this season from 1.94 to 1.88.
OVERALL TEAM OF THE WEEK:
The Los Angeles Dodgers. LA had the best record in the division this week at 4-2, but more importantly, they clinched the 12th NL West crown since divisional play began in 1969.
WORST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
Rockies' starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin. The righty gave up seven runs over four innings against the Red Sox on Wednesday September 25th. The poor start raised his ERA from 3.21 to 3.47.