The Los Angeles Dodgers will have home field advantage in the 2019 NLDS and NLCS.
With only four games left in the 2019 regular season, the Dodgers will once again have home field advantage in the playoffs. At least for the first two rounds in the National League. Although the Dodgers have home field in the National League, they do not have it secured for all of the playoffs.
There will be a race to the end and each game is detrimental for the Yankees, Dodgers and Astros. The Astros have the best record in baseball at 104-54. The Dodgers and Yankees are literally neck and neck as the Dodgers record is 102-56 and the Yankees record is 102-57.
In order for the Dodgers to secure home field advantage for all of the playoffs, they’d have to win at least three of their last four games and the Yankees/Astros would have to lose three of their last four games.
Luckily for the Dodgers, they have one final game against the San Diego Padres and then they travel to San Francisco to end the season against the Giants. Clayton Kershaw will take the ball tonight as he faces Joey Lucchesi. With Kershaw pitching tonight, that lines him up to be the starter for game one of the 2019 NLDS. There has been no confirmation from Dave Roberts or the Dodgers Front Office on whether Clayton Kershaw will be the game one starter or not.
It is not known who the Dodgers will face in the first round of the playoffs but we do know that they will face the winner of the wild card game.
Unlike the American League wild card teams, the National League wild card teams have already been decided. The Washington Nationals will play the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2019 NL wild card game. That game will likely be played in Washington but that could change depending on the outcome of this weekend.
If the Dodgers had to choose which team to play in a five game series, the Brewers would probably be their top choice. The Brewers are a good team even without Christian Yelich but they don’t have the depth that the Dodgers have.
For obvious reasons, the Nationals are a real threat in a playoff series. The Nationals will potentially throw Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin at the Dodgers if they were to win the wild card game. Then again the Dodgers have beaten the Nationals in a five game playoff series before.
All in all, the Los Angeles Dodgers are preparing for a deep run in the playoffs. The playoff roster may be somewhat finalized this weekend during the series with the Giants. What we do know is that Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger and Kenley Jansen will lead the charge throughout the playoffs.