The Dodgers clinched their ninth National League West division title in ten years with a 4-0 win over the Dbacks in the desert on Tuesday night. The Dodgers did it behind another dominant Clayton Kershaw start and home runs from Joey Gallo and Freddie Freeman. Kershaw tossed seven shutout innings allowing just two hits while looking nearly flawless. While the Dodgers had a very good season last year, they didn’t win anything. The 2022 boys are having a historically great season and I think it’s important to honor that.
In 2021 while knocking the Giants out of the playoffs was almost as good as winning the division, they didn’t win the division, pennant or World Series. This season the Dodgers are back on top of the NL West clinching it earlier than ever on September 13. The Dodgers are now 98-43 and 55 games above .500. The club is on pace to win around 112 games and should have home field advantage throughout the playoffs and World Series, should they get that far.
And I think they should. After all the Dodgers have the best pitching staff in baseball allowing the fewest runs. They have the deepest and strongest lineup, scoring the most runs of anyone in MLB. The Dodgers have a ton of come from behind wins and have set numerous records during what will be the greatest regular season Dodgers team of all time.
None of that will mean anything unless they win it all. The Dodgers know this, which is why their celebration at Chase Field was quiet and professional. They put on the hats, posed for some photos, and shook hands before spraying champagne respectfully in the clubhouse. There was no jumping in the pool like they did in 2013. Kershaw is the only Dodger remaining from that season.
There’s still plenty of work left to do for the boys in blue. It’s time for the Dodgers to win the World Series again and prove to everyone that they can win a championship in a non-covid year. It’s time for the Dodgers to win another championship, preferably in front of the home crowd. It’s time for the Dodgers to win another World Series and shove the beginnings of a Dodgers Dynasty down the baseball world’s throats. This is just the first step. The Dodgers are National League West division champs yet again, and it never gets old.
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) September 14, 2022