Reality check – the Dodgers are not going to win out the season

In 2013, the Dodgers did something that no other Dodger team had done in its 134-year history and only two teams in MLB history had done before – they went on a run of 42 wins with only eight losses over a 50-game period. It was a run – and a record – that many longtime Dodger fans thought would never be surpassed. After all, we’re talking a winning percentage of .840 here.

But something unusual happened in game number 51 of that remarkable 42-8 run in 2013 – the Dodgers lost. And while Dodger fans were upset, some even devastated (especially since the loss was the result of two errors by former Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, the same guy who blew Clayton Kershaw‘s perfect game with an error one year later), that 42-8 run was still absolutely remarkable.

Lo and behold, the 2017 Dodgers – a team that many are calling the best Dodger team in franchise history – broke that once-thought-unbreakable 42-8 record by putting together an even more remarkable 43-7 run (.860). So dominate is this Dodgers team that they entered Tuesday night’s game 14.5 games ahead of the NL West second place Colorado Rockies and a full 16.0 games ahead of the NL West third place Arizona Diamondbacks.

With their win against the Mets on Sunday night at Citi Field, the Dodgers extended their historic 43-7 run another day.
(Photo courtesy of @Dodgers)

But something unusual happened in game number 51 of that remarkable 43-7 run – the Dodgers lost. And while Dodger fans were upset, some even devastated (especially since the loss was the result of an eighth inning grand slam coughed up by just-acquired Dodgers left-hander Tony Watson, that 43-7 run is still absolutely remarkable.

The point here is that, like it or not, the Dodgers will not – absolutely positively will not – win all of their remaining 50 games. In fact, they probably will not win 43 of them.

Then again…

 

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3 Responses to “Reality check – the Dodgers are not going to win out the season”

  1. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Almost all the moves made by Robert’s this year had a positive result, so we have to expect that things will not always work out to our liking.

  2. CruzinBlue says:

    LOL! Great post.

    If the Dodgers finish out the season and lose only 12 more games, they will finish with 117 wins, most all-time, and the best winning percentage in a 162 game schedule.

  3. Respect the Rivalry says:

    Kershaw’s near perfecto (spoiled by HanRam’s error) was in 2014.
    The Dodgers extended their streak to 45-7 before the loss to ‘zona.
    Nit-picking. Your point is made.
    You’re right, but I’m going to continue my annual opening day tradition of predicting the Dodgers will go 173-0.

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