How Dodgers could get ultimate home-field advantage even as wild card

There's a way for the Dodgers to get home field advantage when it matters most, even if they make the playoffs as a wild-card team.

9/21/2021 10:15:00 AM

There's a way for the Dodgers to get home field advantage when it matters most, even if they make the playoffs as a wild-card team.

The Dodgers and Giants will probably finish with the two best records in baseball. But one of them wouldn't get home-field advantage until the World Series.

by one game in the National League West. The division title is up for grabs, and with it home-field advantage throughout the postseason.The Giants (97-53) and Dodgers (96-54) boast the best records in Major League Baseball, but the team that finishes second in the NL West

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will be a wild-card team. If that team is the Dodgers, the NL wild-card game — the first game of the NL playoffs — would take place at Dodger Stadium on Oct. 6.That would be the only time in the NL playoffs the Dodgers would have home-field advantage. If the Dodgers won, they would advance to the division series, where a wild-card team is not permitted to have home-field advantage. No matter: The Giants would have a better record.

If the Dodgers won the division series, they would advance to the league championship series, where a wild-card team is not permitted to have home-field advantage. The Dodgers almost certainly would have a better record than the Milwaukee Brewers (91-58) or whatever team emerges from the mediocrity that is the NL East, but no matter: no home field for a wild card. headtopics.com

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