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The Los Angeles Dodgers are the National League’s No. 1 seed in the MLB playoffs after posting baseball’s best record during the regular season. The San Diego Padres won more games than any NL team not named the Dodgers to finish second in the West and secure the No. 4 seed.
L.A. made short work of Milwaukee in the wild-card series, and San Diego needed three games to send St. Louis packing. Now, the division rivals meet in a best-of-five with a trip to the NLCS on the line. Here’s how both teams got here, keys to the series and more.
Why this NLDS is worth the hype
The Dodgers, who’ve reached two of the past three World Series without a ring to show for it, are stacked. Mookie Betts, whose No. 50 jersey was MLB’s No. 1 seller this season, led an offense that hit more home runs and scored more runs than any team in the bigs. Clayton Kershaw anchored a pitching staff that led the majors in ERA — and it wasn’t even close. That kind of domination in both facets of the game make them the team