The Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves in a familiar position, having won the National League West title for a 10th time in the past 11 seasons, but a new wrinkle introduced last year remains the case again in 2023.
The expanded MLB postseason amounts to the top two division winners in both leagues receiving a layoff while awaiting their respective opponents from the Wild Card Series. The Dodgers did not use that as an excuse last year, but it was thought by some to have been a factor in the San Diego Padres pulling off an upset in the NL Division Series.
Although the Dodgers won’t have the No. 1 seed in the NL postseason bracket like last year, they have five days off before hosting Game 1 of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, October 7.
One change from last year is the Dodgers invited a select group of season-ticket holders to attend Wednesday’s workout. Fans eligible to attend were instructed to sign into their portal account and RSVP.
As the Dodgers inched closer to another NL West title and first-round bye in the postseason, manager Dave Roberts stood by the team’s preparation last year despite the ultimate result. However, he acknowledged the Dodgers would look to create more intensity during 2023 NLDS preparation.
In years past the Dodgers allowed season-ticket holds to attend postseason workouts at Dodger Stadium as well. Fan interest presumably will be high once again, as the Dodgers drew 3,837,079 in attendance, good for their fifth-largest total in franchise history.
Dodgers postseason schedule
The Dodgers are hosting Game 1 of the NLDS on Saturday, October 7. Game 2 is scheduled two days later, with Game 3 taking place Wednesday, October 11. If necessary, Game 4 would be the following day, and the NLDS would return to Dodger Stadium for a potential Game 5 on Saturday, October 14.
Heading into the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the NL, the Dodgers await the winner of the Wild Card Series between the Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks.
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