It has been a strange season, but at least some things have remained the same. The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the postseason, making it eight years in a row now, and it came on Wednesday courtesy of a 7-5 victory over division rival San Diego. The Padres came into the affair off the back of a lot of momentum, but they have now lost two in a row now to the Dodgers despite a late rally attempt.
The Dodgers just kept piling up the runs in the middle innings, culminating in a 7-1 lead after six frames. The Padres, as mentioned before, did mount a comeback, but it ultimately fell two runs short despite a couple of home runs, one of which came from the bat of Manny Machado. The eight consecutive postseason trips is the third-longest streak in the history of the majors, but they have some way to go to catch the Yankees (13 seasons from 1995-2007) and the Braves (14 seasons from 1991-2005). They are now a major league best 35-15 with 10 games left to play, yet they still have to look over their shoulders in the NL West as San Diego are just 3.5 games off of them. Even if (or when) they hold them off, you get the feeling they will have to contend with them at some point in the playoffs.