Through 136 games, the Dodgers are 94-42 and 19 games ahead of the second-ranked San Diego Padres. The Dodgers must go 13-13 in the final weeks of the season to break the franchise record (106) to win a season. They are unlikely to break MLB’s season record 117 wins.
Of course, regular-season wins won’t matter to Dodgers fans unless they win 11 games in October. In March, the Dodgers manager Dave Roberts predicts Los Angeles will win the World Series.
Even though the season hasn’t happened yet, it’s clear this team could go on to become the best team in Dodgers history. Here’s how it compares to three of the best Dodgers teams of all time:
2017 Dodgers (104-58) | Lost World Series in seven games against the Astros
Team in 2017 did a magic 44-7 run during the summer. Sports Illustrated named the Dodgers one of the greatest teams of all time in August of that year. Even though the Dodgers made it to the World Series for the first time in 29 years, they lost Astros of infamous cheating scandal.
Why the 2022 team is better so far:
Star Power | The 2017 team was special, with Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager and Justin Turner among the top celebrities. But this year’s team with Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts and Trea Turner has a star power advantage over the 2017 team – the first Dodgers team to win 100 games since 1974.
Roberts also believe that 2022 prevails: “We just took the lead and kept them, or regained the lead in the middle. Not as dramatic as in ’17.”
1988 Dodgers (94-67-1) | Won the World Series more than A after 5 games
Dodgers in 1988 arguably one of the most famous MLB teams of all time. After finishing fourth last season, the 1988-born team beat the odds with a World Series win over the favorites A team, which won 104 regular games during the season. Who can forget dramatic, home win in game 1 by the ailing Kirk Gibson of the Dodgers, who set the tone for the rest of the Series?