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Los Angeles Dodgers Clinch NL West

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Los Angeles Dodgers clinch NL West with walk-off home run

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the NL West for the 4th straight year with a walk-off win against the Colorado Rockies. Dodgers shortstop Charlie Culberson hit his first home run of the 2016 season to solidify the division title for Los Angeles.

This win was even more special because it was long-time announcer Vin Scully’s last home game. Scully announced that he would retire at the end of the regular season after a life-time of broadcasting for the Dodgers.

The Hall-of-Fame broadcaster had this to say about his last home game:

“I was hoping the team would win the game 10-0 and there would be no tension, and it would be a nice, easy day…”

Of course looking back, it was not an easy day but the result turned out to be a proper send off to a man that has been a staple of Dodgers baseball for more than 60 years.

With the win on Sunday, the Dodgers moved to 90-66 on the season. The focus will now turn to resting players and setting up their rotation to be ready for the playoffs.

This Dodgers team has the opportunity to be really good. They came back from trailing the San Francisco Giants in the division at the All-Star break to clinching the division with a week left in the season.

With a pitching staff that includes Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda, this team is set up to dominate a 5 or 7 game series in the playoffs. Their pitching staff ranks 4th in ERA, 2nd in WHIP and 2nd in batting average against. If they can continue that success and stay healthy, the Dodgers have a chance to make a deep playoff run.

The Dodgers offense needs to step up if they hope to make that playoff run. Their offense ranks 22nd in batting average and 17th in slugging percentage. While good pitching has carried this team for much of the season, they may not be able to rely on pitching alone in the playoffs.

Sunday was a special day for the Dodgers, but if they hope to win a World Series this season, they will need to put aside their emotions and play like they have since the All-Star break.