For the second straight year, the Los Angeles Dodgers are National League West champions.
Led by another strong performance from probable NL Cy Young Award winner and legitimate MVP candidate Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers trounced the San Francisco Giants 9-1 in front of a sold-out Dodger Stadium to secure home-field advantage in the NLDS.
Though it wasn’t his sharpest outing, Kershaw allowed just one run on eight hits over eight innings in his final start of the regular season, striking out 11 batters without issuing a walk. The win was the left-hander’s 21st of the season, matching his career high from 2011, and he reached the mark in just his 27th start.
Kershaw also helped his cause by going 1-for-2 with an RBI triple, and he made a potentially game-saving play with no outs in the third inning when he fielded a hard-hit, comeback ground ball behind his back to prevent at least one run from scoring.