The 2022 Los Angeles Dodgers could very well be the most talented team in MLB history. By the end of this year’s regular season and postseason, that honorific could be stamped officially in the record books.
Once upon a time, it was the 2022 Yankees chasing history’s crown, racing out to absurd records of 49-16, 56-20, and 61-23 before their season came crashing down like a house of cards, injuring Anthony Rizzo as it collapsed.
When the Yanks hit that 49-16 peak, the Dodgers were 40-24, sporting an extremely good record, but perhaps a more familiar one. Everyone knew these Dodgers were great, but maybe they’d just be regulation,100-win great before moving on to bigger challenges in October.
Well … no, they had another regular-season run left in ’em. Since that date, the Dodgers have gone 54-18, which is normal, bringing a 94-42 mark into a three-game road series at Petco that could leave them with the NL West crown, returning it to its rightful city.
So how high can the Dodgers fly? 116 wins in a regular season is the all-time mark, set by the 1906 Cubs (a team that featured Dodgers pitching coach Mark Prior in the rotation, I think) and matched by the 2001 Seattle Mariners, one of the postseason’s clearest cautionary tales.
Is the impossible possible? Absolutely, it is!
2022 Dodgers can break all-time single-season MLB wins record
Also keep an eye out for the 1998 Yankees’ mark. They won 114 games and captured the World Series for an additional 11 in the postseason, collecting an all-time high of 125 combined victories, the most for any champion. Since the Dodgers will be missing out on the best-of-three Wild Card round this year (dang!), the most they’ll be able to add to their regular-season total is 11 victories, too.
To best the Ms and Cubbies, these Dodgers will have to win 117 games — or 13 of their remaining 26 contests. That doesn’t even seem that hard? Factor in rest and all that, but this remarkably deep team going only .500 down the stretch should be the minimum expectation, not seen as some impossibility.
Three series to watch in the Dodgers’ pursuit of history are all approaching on the team’s upcoming road trip. If LA can knife through San Diego, Arizona and San Francisco on their current nine-game swing with a 5-4 record at worst, they’ll probably be well on their way towards clearing a record-setting bar. Arizona’s resurgent, San Diego’s star-powered, and the Giants are pesky, but none of these three series should be losses, in theory.
But, if the Dodgers end up falling just short, 115 is all they’d need to aim for to beat the Yankees’ mark, so long as they deliver a World Series at the end of the rainbow.