Los Angeles Dodgers: Top 5 moments of the 2020 season

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 27: The Los Angeles Dodgers pose for a photo after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game Six to win the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field on October 27, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 27: The Los Angeles Dodgers pose for a photo after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game Six to win the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field on October 27, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 22: Manager Dave Roberts #30 and Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers sit in the center of a team picture, after a 7-2 win over the Oakland Athletics, to win the National League West Division at Dodger Stadium on September 22, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

4. Dodgers Put the Division Away

On September 15th, the Dodgers’ once six-game lead in the NL West had been reduced to just 1.5 games in front of the upstart San Diego Padres. The night before, the Dodgers had lost 7-2 to the Pads when Clayton Kershaw faltered in a 1-1 game in the seventh inning, his inherited runners were let in by the bullpen, and all of a sudden, Dodgers fan angst was elevated.

The resilient Dodgers responded by pulling away from the Padres, going 9-2 over the remaining part of the season to once again gain a six-game lead. Adding the first two postseason series, which included a three-game sweep of the same Padres in the NLDS, the Dodgers went 14-2 after that loss to the Padres.

The Dodgers captured their eighth straight division title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. It took that loss to incite it, but the Dodgers remembered who they were and took care of business.

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