On Sunday, the Los Angeles Dodgers appeared to have secured the first spot in the MLB postseason for 2022. The Dodgers had not yet secured a postseason berth when MLB corrected an internal error regarding postseason clincher situations on Monday.
Details of MLB’s inaccuracy are provided below (via ESPN):
A conceivable scenario in which the Padres (77-64) surpass the Dodgers for the NL West crown and Los Angeles finishes in a three-way tie at 96-66 with the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals was not taken into account, MLB claimed on Monday. In that case, St. Louis would defeat Los Angeles in the wild-card tiebreaker based on head-to-head performances this season, while Milwaukee would win the NL Central.
The Dodgers’ 4-3 record against the Brewers used as a head-to-head tiebreaker when MLB released its clinching scenarios prior to Sunday’s games; the potential of a three-team tie was not taken into consideration.
After Sunday’s victory, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told the Associated Press, “It’s a significant accomplishment,” as he believed the team had secured a postseason berth. “For me, it’s just about making sure men understand that it’s not a rite of passage to get into the postseason every year and that there’s still a lot of work to be done, and I feel like our best baseball is yet to be played.
The good news for Roberts and the Dodgers is that their 6-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night, which came hours after MLB corrected its error, did in fact guarantee their team’s 10th consecutive trip to the postseason. L.A. has not officially claimed the National League West championship, but with a 20 1/2-game advantage over the Padres in second place, it won’t be long.
The Dodgers are now on track to win a franchise-record 112 games this season and lead all of baseball with a record of 97-43.