The Los Angeles Dodgers assured themselves of their seventh consecutive National League West championship with a 7-3 victory at Baltimore Tuesday evening.
Corey Seager hit two home runs, driving in five runs, to back Walker Buehler’s seven shutout innings.
This is the earliest the Dodgers have clinched a divisional championship, both by the schedule — 146 games — or calendar. The 1977 Dodgers assured themselves of the title in their 151st game. The 2013 team assured itself of the division on Sept. 19.
The Dodgers streak of seven consecutive division championships is the third longest since Major League Baseball began divisional play in 1969.
The Atlanta Braves won 14 consecutive division titles from 1991-2005. The streak began with three consecutive National League West titles from 1991-93. The Braves moved to the National League East in 1994, winning that division from 1995-2005. No division titles were awarded in the strike-shortened 1994 season.
The New York Yankees won nine consecutive American League East titles from 1998-2006.
The Dodgers still have something to play for after clinching the division title — having MLB’s best record and the home field advantage in the World Series accompanying it. With a 94-52 record, the Dodgers trail the Houston Astros and Yankees by 1 1/2 games.
The Dodgers run of division titles has resulted in just two National League pennants — in 2017 and 2018 — and no World Series championships. The Dodgers have not won a World Series since 1988.
Ticket information for the National League Division Series and National League Championship Series is available at Dodgers.com/Postseason.
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