The Los Angeles Dodgers have been on one of the greatest runs ever seen in baseball, and currently have the best record in the league. However, the team that finishes with the best records doesn’t always go on to win the World Series, so the Dodgers still have a lot of work to do to achieve their goal. If you want to bet on the Dodgers, check out our online sports betting odds for all LA Dodgers games.
Before the trade deadline, team ace Clayton Kershaw suffered a back injury, which caused many Dodgers fans to worry about the team’s postseason chances with Kershaw on the bench or not at 100 percent when the playoffs start.
Dodgers’ management seemed to feel the same way and the team acquired Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish at the trade deadline to give their starting rotation some depth and serve as insurance in case Kershaw doesn’t return this season.
Four days after joining the team, Darvish led his new team to a 6-0 victory over the New York Mets. After the game, Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal said he didn’t think Darvish can pitch any better than he did against the Mets.
The 2017 Dodgers have been clicking on all cylinders, their pitching has been great, their defense exceptional, and their bats have been hot for most of the season. During a recent stretch, the team won 43 of 50 games, which was a feat that had never been done in the history of Major League Baseball.
As with any dominant team, there are some who wonder if the team is peaking right now, or if this is something they can maintain for the rest of the season including the playoffs. The team is currently 18.5 games ahead in the NL West, and are all but guaranteed a playoff spot.
Despite being a lock for the playoffs, the Dodgers still have a chance to add their names to the record books. If Los Angeles maintains its current pace, the team can set the mark for most wins in a season, which is currently held by the 1906 Chicago Cubs and the 2001 Seattle Mariners, who won 116 games.
Even though the Dodgers have the highest payroll in baseball and have blown through the competition, they are still a very likable team, which is a contrast to the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox when they were dominating the league.
Despite the hype surrounding the team, manager Dave Roberts, who is also the reigning NL Manager of the Year, said his players aren’t getting caught up in all the hoopla. Roberts said the accolades and records they are breaking are nice, but his team has only one goal in mind, which is to win the World Series.
Roberts also added that even if his team breaks the record for most wins, it wouldn’t mean anything without a championship, and pointed to the Golden State Warriors, who broke the regular season record in the NBA last year but failed to win the championship, and the New England Patriots, who finished 16-0 but lost the Super Bowl.
If the Dodgers break the record and win the World Series, they will be considered the greatest baseball team ever.