1st Down: The Los Angeles Dodgers are officially headed to the MLB Playoffs. It’s not a real surprise at all, given just how good they are, but they locked it up on Monday night thanks to a 6-0 victory over the Diamondbacks in Arizona. Tyler Anderson improved to 15-3 on the season by pitching seven scoreless innings while Cody Bellinger had a two-run double in a three-run seventh and Mookie Betts had a three-run homer in the top of the ninth to add some insurance to the result. The Dodgers had looked to have clinched a day prior, but an error by Major League Baseball prevented them from doing so. They are now just a single win away from winning the NL West, too, so it could be three celebrations in three days, believe it or not.
2nd Down: Mike Trout is absolutely on fire at the moment, especially when it comes to hitting home runs. The season, admittedly, hasn’t gone the way the Los Angeles Angels would have wanted, yet again, but one of their main stars has been racking up of late, hitting a home run for the seventh game in a row on Monday as they lost 5-4 in Cleveland to the Guardians. He has now tied Don Mattingly and Ken Griffey, Jr., but he trails the record held by Dale Long at eight games. The Guardians, meanwhile, won for the fourth game in a row, and they now hold a three-game edge over the White Sox in the AL Central.
3rd Down: The Dallas Cowboys are preparing for the absence of Dak Prescott. The quarterback, of which they place so many of their hopes, will be out for the next couple of months or so after he was forced into a surgery to repair his right thumb. He sustained the injury on Sunday as his team fell 19-3 to Tampa, and now the team will have to hope they can tread water better than they have without him in the past. In 12 games without him, the team have so far gone 5-7, so they will hope that Cooper Rush will fill in more capably under center. Dak is expected to be out between 6-8 weeks, but you just never know with these sorts of things.
4th Down: Utah Jazz front man Danny Ainge has gone a long way toward explaining the reasoning behind his team’s decision to move on so many players. The former Boston Celtics exec, now tasked with overseeing basketball operations for the Jazz, stated that the team, while good, simply didn’t have ‘a true belief in… one another.’ Ainge and co., of course, traded away both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, hauling in a ton of draft picks in the process as well as some players, too. They’re not necessarily done wheeling and dealing yet, either, with more assets that could be desirable to other teams remaining on board.