LOS ANGELES — Even before the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-4, on Tuesday night, their magic number to clinch a playoff berth lacked the usual magic.
It’s zero, for the record. The Dodgers’ win, combined with the San Diego Padres’ loss to the San Francisco Giants, ensured they would reach the playoffs for a ninth consecutive season. Asked if this year’s team reminds him of any predecessor, third baseman Justin Turner declined.
“We’re kind of on our own path right now,” Turner said, “and playing really good baseball.”