Sep 29, 2022 - Sports

The Dodgers' season is one for the ages

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Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The Dodgers won their franchise-record 107th game on Wednesday, putting a bow on one of the greatest regular seasons in MLB history.

By the numbers: With seven games left, they have a chance to become just the seventh team to win 110 games in a season.

  • Their +322 run differential is the sixth-best since 1900 and the best since the 1939 Yankees. It's also nearly 100 better than second place (Yankees, +235).
  • Their 494 runs allowed put them just about on pace to allow the fewest of any team this century (2015 Cardinals, 525).
  • Fans have contributed, too: Their average attendance of 47,687 trails only 2019 (49,065) for the most in franchise history, and is 17% higher than second place this season (Cardinals, 40,775).

Between the lines: The Dodgers' payroll ranks second behind only the Mets, but money alone can't buy this many wins. It's the depth beyond their stars that once again is driving their success.

  • Unheralded guys like Trayce Thompson (Klay's little brother) and Tyler Anderson have stepped in for the struggling Cody Bellinger and injured Walker Buehler.
  • Injuries could have sunk them — they've lost the fourth-most days to the IL among all teams — but instead they've battled to a historic end.

The big picture: The Dodgers' 2022 season is an all-timer in a vacuum, but is even more impressive when you look at the 10-year run it's capping off.

  • The only time since 2013 they failed to win the division was last year — when they won 106 games.
  • They're the only team in MLB history to win 106+ games in three straight full seasons. In the non-full season, all they did was win the World Series.
  • Their 927 wins since 2013 are 72 more than second place (Yankees, 855), roughly the same as the difference between the Yankees and the ninth-place Cubs (784).

The bottom line: The Dodgers are very good at baseball — so good that one might be tempted to say there's something in the water in Southern California. Then again, the Angels exist.

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