The Dodgers have been tearing through the MLB this season, and now they’re knocking on the door of history.
What started as a team on the brink of playoff contention has transformed into one of the greatest squads to ever suit up, all over the course of just the past year. At their current pace, the Dodgers are within reach of setting the record for most wins in a regular se
ason. That’s no small feat, especially considering the fact that the record was last set in 1906 by the Chicago Cubs at 116 wins.
If the Dodgers are able to usurp the current record-holders, wouldn’t that make them the best team to ever grace the baseball diamond? Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that.
The 1906 Cubs played less games than the 2017 Dodgers–10 less, to be exact. That means they were deprived of multiple opportunities to tack onto their 116-win season. Hypothetically, they could have lost all of those games; but with a 76.3% winning percentage, that idea seems implausible.
However, the Dodgers have an opportunity to do something that the Cubs couldn’t: win the World Series. Despite having a beyond-stellar season, the Chicago team failed to capture the coveted championship in a series against the White Sox. Right now, the Dodgers have a roster far superior to any other in the league. It’d be a total upset if they couldn’t make it through the playoffs, let alone win the World Series. They seem to have it in the bag–but then again, as the Cubs proved, anything is possible. That’s the beauty of the sport.
Time will tell, but there’s no denying that the Dodgers are in a position to solidify themselves as the best team of all time. 117 wins (or more) and a World Series victory would certainly set them in a class of their own. To accomplish those triumphs, all they need to do is continue playing the way they have been. If they are able to stick to their winning ways, broken records and glory will follow suit. The last home game isn’t until September 27th, so there’s still some time left to catch the history being made in Dodger stadium.