LAD: Four wins in the ‘Prestigious Evidence’ LAD will set a milestone like this, a 100-win parade to overcome adversity
The Los Angeles Dodgers are chasing a de facto first in Major League Baseball history at the end of the season.
It’s 100 wins in four consecutive seasons. As of Aug. 26, the Dodgers are 96-59 with a .619 winning percentage. Having already clinched the National League (NL) West title, the Dodgers are tied for the NL lead in winning percentage with the Atlanta Braves (100-56), who also reached the 100-win plateau for the first time this season.
The Dodgers won 106 games in 2019, 43 in 2020, 106 in 2021, and 111 last year. If they reach 100 wins this season, it will be their third consecutive year of 100 wins. Excluding 2020, which was a shortened season, they’ve actually won 100 games in four straight seasons since 2019.
The 2020 season was shortened to 60 games per team due to the coronavirus pandemic. It wasn’t the fault of Major League Baseball (MLB), nor was it the will of the Dodgers. When a normal season is interrupted by a social or natural disaster, it’s only right to exclude it from the record books.
ESPN’s final comment on the Dodgers’ 100-win milestone in its “What to Watch for in the Final Week of the Regular Season” segment that day was, “If you don’t include 2020, the coronavirus-shortened season, the Dodgers have an unprecedented four consecutive 100-win seasons. Even including 2020, the Dodgers’ winning percentage (.717) over 162 games would yield 116 wins. That would be their fifth straight 100-win season.굿모닝토토
Three consecutive 100-win seasons have happened only six times in the 148-year history of Major League Baseball. The Philadelphia Athletics from 1929 to 1931, the St. Louis Cardinals from 1942 to 1944, the Baltimore Orioles from 1969 to 1971, Atlanta from 1997 to 1999, the New York Yankees from 2002 to 2004, and the Houston Astros from 2017 to 2019.
If the Dodgers reach 100 wins, they will become the seventh team to do so.
Los Angeles Dodgers’ J.D. Martinez greets James Outman after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, Calif. on Friday. USATODAYYonline
ESPN went on to say, “Unlike other teams, the Dodgers’ progress this season has been virtually unbelievable, given that their starting rotation has been severely damaged, their bullpen ranks 25th overall in ERA, and the majority of their starting lineup was filled with junior veterans and unproven youngsters at the beginning of the season.
The Dodgers have been dealing with starting pitching uncertainty all season, including the unfortunate departure of Julio Urias, frequent injuries to Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsalves, and the struggles of Noah Syndergaard, while the bullpen has been shaky with a 4.87 ERA. This year, the Dodgers were led by their hitters, including Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Will Smith, J.D. Martinez, and Max Muncy.
As ESPN put it, “It’s easy to devalue the Dodgers for their numerous failures in fall ball. That’s an entirely fair assessment. But it’s the actual performance in the regular season that is the true measure of a team’s ability. No one has ever done it like the Dodgers, and no one ever will.
The Dodgers have seven games left. All are on the road. From Sept. 27-29, they play four games at Coors Field, including a doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies, and from Sept. 30-Oct. 2, they play three games against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. Four wins would be 100.