LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers kicked off the final week of the regular season hoping to win their ninth straight National League West title. Their only way to achieve that goal was to win all six games against the Padres and Brewers.
Los Angeles did just that and completed a perfect homestand with a 10-3 win over Milwaukee on Sunday at Dodger Stadium. Unfortunately, winning all six games that week wasn’t enough for the Dodgers as the Giants won NL West with an 11-4 win over the Padres at Oracle Park.
The Dodgers will now host the Cardinals in the NL Wild Card Game on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. St. Louis will start the 40 year old Adam Wainwright. Los Angeles countered with the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer.
With the Dodgers forcing the day with a slim 163 game chance, Walker Buehler began. The right-hander, known to shine in big games, lived up to the bill, allowing a run and hitting 11 over five innings of work. Buehler’s first seven outs were over the strikeout.
Bühler finished the regular season with a 2.47 ERA and will certainly be under discussion in a crowded NL Cy Young Award race. If the Dodgers survive Wednesday’s Wild Card Game, Buehler would likely be the Dodgers’ starter in Game 1 of the NL Division Series against the Giants.