Dodgers clinch a playoff berth: By the numbers.

Some numbers to consider from the Dodgers’ division-clinching victory:

1Don Mattingly will manage in the postseason for the first time in his third season as Dodger manager. He played in one postseason in his playing career (1995), a five-game American League Division Series against the Seattle Mariners. He batted .417.

3This season is the earliest by calendar date that the Dodgers have qualified for postseason play since moving to Los Angeles in 1958. By games played, it was third-quickest that the club clinched behind the 1977 Dodgers (game 151) and the 1995 Dodgers, who wrapped up the division in 143 games in a 144-game, strike-shortened season.

3.5Though they were just 3 ½ games out of first place following their 81st game of the season (38-43) on July 1, the Dodgers joined the 1995 Mariners (last place on July 16, Game No. 73), 1973 Mets (Aug. 30, Game No. 132) and 1914 Braves (July 18, Game No. 78) as the only clubs to pull off such a quick turnaround. (Source: Elias Sports Bureau).

4The Dodgers became just the fourth all-time club to finish the season in first place after being in last place on July 1 or later.

5The Brooklyn Dodgers won pennants four times in five years (1952, 1953, 1955, and 1956), the best five-year stretch in franchise history. They also won three (1949, 1952, 1953) in a five-year period. (Note that the 1951 playoff versus the Giants concluding with Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” is not included as postseason play.)

7Following their 1988 championship, the Dodgers reached postseason play only twice in the next 15 years (1995 and ’98), including an L.A. franchise-high drought of seven consecutive years from 1997-2003 before their 2004 N.L. West title.

9.5Since trailing the D-Backs by 9 ½ games on June 22, the Dodgers have gone 58-23, marking the largest deficit that the club has ever overcome to win a division title. This is the second consecutive season that an MLB club has come back from a 9.5-game deficit to win the division following the turnaround by the 2012 Oakland Athletics.

12The Dodgers have won 12 N.L. West titles since the advent of divisional play in 1969 and will play October Baseball for the 18th time since moving to Los Angeles and the 27th time in the history of the Dodger franchise.

Source: Los Angeles Dodgers

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.