A team that was 12 games under .500 through 72 games is now the first team to clinch a playoff berth in 2013.

With a 7-6 win over the Diamondbacks in Arizona Thursday afternoon the Dodgers have clinched the National League West title.

They were in last place in the West through most of May and all of June trailing by as many as 9.5 games. With the win Thursday the Dodgers have a 10.5 game lead over the D-Backs so the turnaround through Thursday has been a whopping 20 games in just 81 games.

Since that 30-42 start -- which had manager Don Mattingly squarely on the hot seat -- the Dodgers have gone an MLB best 58-23. The stretch included separate winning streaks of six four five six four five 10 four and six games chronologically.

The Dodgers have managed to survive injuries to Hanley Ramirez (multiple times) Matt Kemp (multiple times) Andre Ethier Carl Crawford and Zack Greinke among others. Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley were lost for the season after only 10 combined starts. They also weathered Brandon League's awful stint as closer and didn't call up Cuban rookie sensation Yasiel Puig until the first week of June.

All that and the Dodgers are still the first team officially in the playoffs. That's remarkable.