LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have won the National League West for a fifth consecutive season, and on Tuesday night with a win over the Padres clinched the top seed in the National League, which ensures home field advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs.
The Nationals lost to the Phillies, 4-1 on Tuesday, which coupled with the Dodgers’ home win over San Diego gave Los Angeles a 5½-game lead with four left to play (Washington has five games remaining). The best possible finish for the Nationals is 100-62, and the Dodgers won their 101st game on Tuesday.
The NLDS starts on Friday, Oct. 6, and the first two games will be at Dodger Stadium. The opponent will be the winner of the NL wild card winner, which will be played at Chase Field in Phoenix on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The Diamondbacks will host either the Rockies, Brewers, or Cardinals in that game.
Through Tuesday’s games, the Dodgers also have a 2½-game lead over the Indians (98-59), owners of the best record in the American League, and a 3½-game lead over the Astros (97-60). The Dodgers’ magic number to clinch home field advantage in the World Series is three over both teams.
Here is the Dodgers’ schedule for the National League Division Series, with start times to be determined:
Game 1: Friday, Oct. 6: at Dodger Stadium
Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 7: at Dodger Stadium
Game 3: Monday, Oct. 9: at NL wild card game winner
Game 4*: Tuesday, Oct. 10: at NL wild card game winner
Game 5*: Thursday, Oct. 12: at Dodger Stadium
Should the Dodgers advance to the NLCS, they would have home field advantage in that round as well, meaning potential games at Dodger Stadium on Oct. 14-15 and Oct. 21-22.
All National League playoff games will be televised by TBS.