Don’t look now, but the Los Angeles Dodgers just slid past the 2001 Seattle Mariners as the gold standard for modern-day baseball success. You might not have noticed, because their greatness spanned two seasons, but nonetheless, it still counts just the same in the court of public opinion.
And it counts double if the 2022 Dodgers parlay their ridiculous success into a World Series win, something Lou Piniella’s Mariners were famously unable to accomplish.
As of now, who would bet against them? Prior to Opening Day, the whole world knew that the Dodgers were championship-level stacked, replacing Corey Seager with Freddie Freeman while still trotting out the core of the 2020 World Series champs around him. The gang was all here, and would be getting midseason reinforcements in Dustin May and Miguel Vargas.
Little did any of those prognosticators know the Dodgers would lose Clayton Kershaw for extended stretches, Walker Buehler for a massive chunk of the season, and Blake Treinen from the back end, all while relying on breakouts from Gavin Lux, Tony Gonsolin, and Tyler Anderson and just … keep on keepin’ on, to an historic degree.
After Wednesday night’s win over the Twins to mark a 10-game winning streak, the Dodgers officially reached 118-44 in their previous 162 games, the best winning percentage over that span … since expansion.
Dodgers just posted best 162-game stretch in modern history with 118-44 record
Is “Best in Modern History” good?
The Dodgers’ early-season “struggles” (in the thickest possible air quotes) left them at a pedestrian 13-7 at the end of April. Wow. They stunk!
Since then, LA’s heated up and reeled off a 64-26 record, buoyed by an absurd 32-5 stretch that culminated in Wednesday’s win, and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
Sadly, that stat allowed us to “remember some guys” like the absurdly good 2017 Indians, a team with a 22-game win streak chopped down in its prime by the Yankees in the ALDS, as well as the 1977 Royals, another 102-win team that the Yankees knocked off.
Drawing a direct comparison to three great non-champions isn’t music to Dodgers fans’ ears, but knowing their wildly talented team is getting better as the season progresses should soothe them.
It’s possible no big-league team ever sniffs 118-44 again. Hell, look what’s happened to the 2022 Yankees since their 61-23 start.
Maybe if the Bombers right the ship, the Dodgers will be able to avenge the ’17 Cleveland team and ’77 Royals and beat the brakes off the Yanks in the World Series.