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Dodgers Can Clinch Playoff Spot Today

The Dodgers today can become the second team in baseball, joining the Yankees, to clinch a playoff spot.  However, they need a little help.  The Rockies are the wild card leaders, but the Giants and Braves are tied for second.  Here are their records:

Team W-L GB
91-60 ---
Rockies 86-65 5
Giants 81-70 10
Braves 81-70 10

The Dodgers can clinch a spot in the playoffs today if the following three things happen:

  • They beat the Nationals
  • Arizona beats the Giants
  • The Mets beat the Braves

Here are today's Dodger-relevant pitching matchups:

Dodgers (Chad Billingsley: 12-10, 3.66 FIP) at Nationals (Ross Detwiler:  0-6, 3.75 FIP)

The Dodgers have scored 33 runs in three games against Washington this season.

Braves (Tim Hudson: 1-1, 3.71 FIP) at Mets (Mike Pelfrey:  10-11, 4.33 FIP)

The Braves have won seven straight against the Mets, and 12 of 17 this season.

Giants (Jonathan Sanchez: 6-12, 4.04 FIP) at Diamondbacks (Kevin Mulvey:  0-1, 6.78 FIP)

The Giants won each of the first two series in Arizona this season, two games to one.  This series is currently tied at one.

The last time the Dodgers made the playoffs in three out of four years was 1963, 1965, and 1966.