October 4, 2009

Joe Torre philosophical about the playoffs

Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Joe Torre is trying not to be overly excited about guiding the franchise to its second straight National League West title.

It happened late Saturday with a 5-0 win over the Colorado Rockies, giving the Dodgers back-to-back NL West titles for the first time since 1977-78.

The Dodgers have won the division three of the last four seasons.

It never gets old, Torre said about equaling Atlanta's Bobby Cox with a 14th straight playoff team.

This is a huge step for the franchise, owner Frank McCourt told MLB.com. I think we have the franchise back to a place where the fans know and can expect us to compete every year.

The Dodgers begin the National League Division Series at home on Wednesday against the Central Division champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Their pitching rotation has not been announced.