With each passing week of Dodger baseball, fans enjoy a new streak or fun statistic that shows just how good this team is. No stat, though, is more recognizable over the last few years to fan than the 42-8 run that occurred with the introduction of Yasiel Puig back in 2013.
This 2017 is full of fun facts all their own, from the streaks they have been on, to the record breaking seasons for multiple players on the team. When they lost the lead on Wednesday and eventually the game, it was the first time they had lost a game they had held the lead in 53 games!
Numbers and streaks are great, but there should be a larger goal. There isn’t much left to prove at this point in the year for the Dodgers besides solidifying the best record in baseball. Now is a good chance to compare them to other teams in recent memory and what better place to start than 2013?
If the Dodgers win one more game, they will match and possibly surpass that 2013 squad’s 50-game streak of 42-8. On June 4th, this team was 35-23 and a half game back of first in the NL West. Since then, a lot has changed in the standings and up and down the roster. This team has improved with help from their own system and now by going out and getting those final pieces to solidify this team.
Let me be clear before we get into the comparison, the 2017 Dodgers are WAY better than the 2013 team, from top to bottom. It’s fair to say that the 2013 team was the reemergence of baseball in Los Angeles, but the 2017 team is capable of taking the city to much greater heights.