Dave Roberts, the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, credited the San Francisco Giants for winning the National League West title.
On Sunday, the main focus was on the frantic race for the two AL Wild Card positions, but the NL West was still up in the air. The Dodgers had a chance to force a tie-breaking game with the Giants if they beat the Milwaukee Brewers and the Giants fell to the San Diego Padres. While the Dodgers won, the Giants did as well, winning 107 games to win the NL West.
After the Dodgers’ 10-3 victory on Sunday, manager Dave Roberts credited not just his club for entering the playoffs, but also the rival Giants for winning the division. Roberts awarded the Giants the highest compliment, saying they “stole” the division from them rather than the Dodgers giving it up.
“For the regular season, I’m really proud of our guys. To go through what we went through, we still won a lot of ball games. You have to give credit to the Giants. They had an even better season. They took [the division] from us. We didn’t give it away.” — Dave Roberts #Dodgers
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) October 3, 2021
Dave Roberts gives props to the Giants after they ‘took’ division title from Dodgers
The Giants won the NL West with a franchise-record 107 wins, ending a long winning streak for the Dodgers, who had won it every year since 2013. The Dodgers, on the other hand, did not make things easy for their opponents, winning 106 games this season.
The Dodgers’ consolation prize for finishing second, despite their high win total, is to participate in the one-game Wild Card Round. To make it even more tough, they must play the St. Louis Cardinals, who won a franchise-record 17 consecutive games near the close of the season to clinch the final NL Wild Card berth.
Meanwhile, the Giants, who have the best record in the National League, will await the winner of the Dodgers-Cardinals win-or-go-home game for a best-of-five Division Series. The spoils go to the victor.