It looks like the Los Angeles Dodgers are getting hot at the right time.
With a strong performance from Walker Buehler, the Dodgers took their second straight against the St. Louis Cardinals on the road on Friday night. But that’s not all. In doing so, they pulled even with the Cardinals in the second N.L. wild card spot. They’ve won three in a row while St. Louis has lost three in a row. In the meantime, the Milwaukee Brewers are 8-2 over their previous 10 — suddenly putting them four games ahead of the Cardinals for the first N.L. wild card spot.
Yasiel Puig slugged home runs 17 and 18 en route to a 3-0 win. They have two more games against the Cardinals this weekend before welcoming the NL West-leading Colorado Rockies to town. As it stands, the Dodgers are just a half-game out of first in the division as well. In other words, the division race isn’t over yet. At this point, it wouldn’t be surprising to see L.A. overtake Colorado for the division lead.
Buehler might have turned in his best performance of the season Friday night, tossing eight innings of shut-out ball while striking out nine, walking only two and surrendering just two hits. As of this writing, the Dodgers have an 83.1% chance of making the postseason per ESPN. That’s 22% higher than the current division leader’s chances. Meanwhile, the Cardinals have seen their chances dip to 48.6%.
And their road in doesn’t get any easier.