Padres take out 111-win Dodgers in NLDS upset

The MLB playoffs don’t always reward the team that had the best regular season.

The result of a single game can be somewhat random, and even a best-of-five or best-of-seven series can produce some unexpected results.

However, despite some protestations, even the best teams still have to run the October gauntlet, and sometimes come up short.

You can now add the 2022 Dodgers to the list of dominant regular season teams that fell victim of the playoffs.

In the regular season, the Dodgers were dominant, winning 111 games, which is the most of any team since the MLB record-tying 116 by the 2001 Mariners, who incidentally also didn’t win the World Series.

Their offense led all of baseball in runs scored, and their pitching allowed the fewest of any team in MLB.

Yet, none of that mattered in the four games they played against the Padres in the National League Division Series.

Coming into Saturday’s game trailing their series 2-1, the Dodgers got off to a pretty decent start, scoring two runs in the third and adding an insurance run in the seventh.

They got a solid effort from starting pitcher Tyler Anderson and seemed on the verge of sending the series back to LA for a decisive game 5. Then the bottom of the seventh happened.

The Padres struck with five runs to storm in front for the first time in the game. Before the Dodgers even got an out in the inning, San Diego had recorded four hits and a walk, tying the game.

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