Jake McGee

How the Dodgers' rivals have set themselves up for the playoffs

How the Dodgers' rivals have set themselves up for the playoffs

This might not be the most dramatic September in baseball history, at least in the National League. The calendar has not yet turned to August, but the NL playoff field appears pretty set.

For the first time since the league split into three divisions in 1994, the NL could have repeat winners in each division: the Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals.

The Dodgers and Nationals have double-digit leads. The Cubs spotted the rest of the NL Central half the season, but no other team took advantage of that generosity. Now the Cubs have the look of last year’s World Series champions. They won 11 of their first 13 games after the All-Star break, just as the Milwaukee Brewers...

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