Dodgers formally clinch playoff spot with win at Arizona

The Dodgers clinched a playoff berth Monday evening.

For actual, this time.

A day after the group believed it had locked up a postseason spot, Main League Baseball needed to backtrack Monday morning, figuring out that there remained far-fetched but technically potential three-way and four-way tiebreaker situations through which the Dodgers might miss the playoffs — in the event that they misplaced all 23 remaining video games on their schedule.

“I’m pretty confident we’re not going to lose the rest of the way, 23 in a row,” supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned earlier than Monday’s recreation.

He was proper.

With a 6-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Dodgers formally secured their October ticket whereas decreasing their magic quantity to win the Nationwide League West crown to at least one, establishing a chance for them to clinch the division title with a win (or San Diego Padres loss) Tuesday evening.

Earlier than Sunday’s recreation at San Diego, the Dodgers had been instructed that every one they wanted was yet one more win to clinch a playoff spot — which is why they celebrated their victory in type that day.

That they had a champagne toast within the clubhouse. They got hats with a playoff patch on the facet. An “X” appeared subsequent to their title within the standings on MLB’s web site.

On Monday morning, although, the “X” was gone. MLB’s every day playoff-clinching situations information launch included the Dodgers as soon as once more. And a graphic tweeted out from MLB’s official account Sunday congratulating the Dodgers was nowhere to be discovered.

Apparently, a beforehand neglected state of affairs had come to mild — one through which the Dodgers would have needed to lose out, the Milwaukee Brewers would have needed to win out, the Padres would have needed to go no less than 20-1, and the St. Louis Cardinals would have needed to go precisely 13-8.

“I don’t see that happening,” Roberts mentioned.

The Dodgers’ clubhouse didn’t appear too caught up within the scenario both.

“I don’t think that was anything that garnered a lot of attention for us,” pitcher Tyler Anderson mentioned.

Mookie Betts echoed comparable sentiments when requested how a lot he adopted the saga Monday.

“Uhhhh, zero,” he answered.

Roberts discovered whereas watching MLB Community on Monday morning.

“Obviously, that was pooh-poohed overnight,” he mentioned throughout his afternoon media scrum. “I really don’t care. We’re going to do it at some point in time.”

Certainly, he solely needed to wait till Monday evening.

Anderson (15-3) boosted the Dodgers (97-43) by shutting out the Diamondbacks (66-74) over seven innings, decreasing his earned-run common to 2.62 (fifth finest amongst certified NL starters) together with his fourth begin of no less than seven scoreless innings this season.

Dodgers left-hander Tyler Anderson pitched seven scoreless innings in opposition to the Arizona Diamondbacks, bettering to 15-3 this season.

(Rick Scuteri / Related Press)

“I didn’t think he had his best stuff tonight,” Roberts mentioned. “But it just shows his compete and his will.”

The Dodgers’ lineup, in the meantime, did all of its injury late.

After Diamondbacks rookie Ryne Nelson threw six scoreless innings in his second profession begin, the Dodgers scored three runs within the seventh on Trayce Thompson’s sacrifice fly and Cody Bellinger’s two-run double, his first extra-base hit since Aug. 24.

Two innings later, Betts added a three-run dwelling run that put the sport out of attain and gave the Dodgers the possibility to have a good time a clinched postseason spot for the second day in a row.

“I don’t know if that’s ever been done before,” Roberts joked.

“But it feels good.”

Tony Gonsolin nonetheless sore

A day after Tony Gonsolin threw his first bullpen session since he suffered a forearm pressure late final month, Roberts mentioned the right-hander nonetheless was battling soreness.

“I wouldn’t say I’m totally encouraged or discouraged,” Roberts mentioned. “I think it’s kind of a day-to-day thing.”

Roberts mentioned Gonsolin will throw one other bullpen session Wednesday.

Is the supervisor nonetheless optimistic that Gonsolin — who initially was anticipated to overlook solely two begins — might be prepared to begin playoff video games come October?

“Right now, I’m still confident,” Roberts mentioned. “But obviously every day, every ’pen that goes by that he’s not at full strength — a little less confident.”

Reliever updates

Out since mid-Might when his return from Tommy John surgical procedure was lower quick by proper forearm irritation, right-hander Tommy Kahnle might be activated as quickly as this week, Roberts mentioned.

Proper-handers Brusdar Graterol (elbow) and Yency Almonte (elbow) are also persevering with to progress, Roberts mentioned. Graterol will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, and Almonte will going through dwell hitting that day.

Left-handers Danny Duffy and Victor González, nevertheless, have been taken off their rehabilitation assignments with triple-A Oklahoma Metropolis after Roberts mentioned they weren’t progressing as hoped, elevating doubt about their returns this season.

Gavin Lux close to return

Dodgers utility participant Gavin Lux (neck) will take at-bats on the group’s close by Camelback Ranch facility Tuesday and will return to motion this weekend.