The Los Angeles Dodgers have at least one more day to put the champagne on hold.
Major League Baseball announced an internal error in determining the Dodgers’ postseason clinch scenarios, meaning Los Angeles still has a magic number of one to earn a playoff berth as of Monday morning.
The Dodgers (96-43), who start Monday by a comfortable 20-game lead at the top of the National League West, thought they had their tenth postseason with Sunday’s 11-2 win over the San Diego Padres -Consecutive place secured. Manager Dave Roberts performed a champagne toast after the game, and players and staff received postseason-branded hats.
However, MLB said Monday it did not consider a possible scenario in which the Padres (77-64) overtake the Dodgers for the NL West title and Los Angeles ends up with the Milwaukee Brewers 96-66 in a three-way tie and St. Louis Cardinals. Milwaukee would win the NL Central in this scenario, while St. Louis would win the wildcard tiebreaker with Los Angeles based on this season’s head-to-head results.
The Dodgers can officially secure a postseason berth with a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday. Los Angeles could also secure the division title on Tuesday.
When MLB released its clinch scenarios ahead of Sunday’s games, it used the Dodgers’ 4-3 record against the Brewers as a head-to-head tiebreaker and didn’t consider the possibility of a three-team tie.
The Dodgers would need to lose their last 23 games while the Brewers (75-66) would need to win their last 21 games for both clubs to finish 96-66.
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