The Los Angeles Dodgers are having one of the best seasons that any Major League Baseball (MLB) club has ever had. They have already succeeded in having the best stretch of 50 games in the history of MLB. The Dodgers went 43-7 during that stretch. There is no question that the team will qualify for the playoffs. Now people in the media are wondering if the Dodgers will be able to become the team with the best record ever for a single season. The Seattle Mariners in 2001 and the Chicago Cubs in 1906 share that record with 116 wins in their respective seasons. It is interesting to note that the Dodgers have been doing a lot of their winning with their ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list.
The Dodgers currently have a record of 79-32. There are a number of computer simulations that have been used in an attempt to predict how the Dodgers will fare for the rest of the season. The data that the computer simulations use has to do with the quality of the opponents that the Dodgers will be facing. According to the latest projections, they have a 14 percent chance of winning 117 games this season to have the best regular season in history.
Some of the Dodger players have been asked what they think about the possibility of winning 117 games. All of them agree that breaking the all-time record for most wins in a single season would be a monumental accomplishment. However, that is not the ultimate goal. The Dodgers have not won a World Series since 1988. That is the same series that featured Kirk Gibson’s legendary homer off Dennis Eckersley in the first game. That was also the last time the Dodgers have appeared in the fall classic. Needless to say, 29 years is a long time to go between titles. The Dodger players have their sights set on winning the World Series. Getting to 117 wins would just be icing on the cake.
Of course, breaking the record for most wins in a season is certainly no guarantee that the Dodgers will even get to the World Series, let alone win it. The 2001 Seattle Mariners defeated the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the playoffs. They needed to win a decisive fifth game to clinch the series. However, the New York Yankees eliminated the Mariners in the second round.