How Many Wild Card Games Do the Dodgers Have to Play?

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By Monica Bates

Are you a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and wondering how many wild card games they have to play? Well, the answer is not as straightforward as you might think.

First, let’s start with some background information. The wild card is a playoff spot awarded to the two teams in each league with the best record that did not win their respective division. This means that there are four wild card teams in total, two from the American League and two from the National League.

Now, to answer the question of how many wild card games the Dodgers have to play, it depends on their regular season record and where they finish in their division. If they win their division (the National League West), then they automatically advance to the National League Division Series (NLDS) without having to play in a wild card game.

However, if they do not win their division but still have one of the two best records among non-division winners in the National League, then they will have to play in a one-game wild card playoff. This game will determine which team advances to the NLDS.

It’s important to note that this format is relatively new. Prior to 2012, only one wild card team per league made it to the playoffs and did not have to play a one-game playoff. But since 2012, MLB implemented this new format which adds an additional layer of excitement and competitiveness for teams vying for a playoff spot.

In conclusion, whether or not the Dodgers have to play in a wild card game depends on their regular season record and where they finish in their division. If they win their division, then they automatically advance to NLDS without having to play in a wild card game. But if they don’t win their division but still have one of the best records among non-division winners in their league, then they will have to compete in a one-game playoff for a chance at advancing further into playoffs.

So, as a Dodgers fan, keep your fingers crossed and hope that they win their division and avoid the wild card game altogether.