The Los Angeles Dodgers (79-33) just keep winning.
Once 35-25, the Dodgers are 44-8 (.846) over their last 52 games. They have a 15-game lead in the NL West and are the only team with a winning percentage above .700 (.705). In fact, only one other team in baseball, the Astros (.634), have winning percentage above .600.
So yeah, the Dodgers have been dominant. Historically dominant.
“This is stunning,” MLB Network analyst Brian Kenny said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “It didn’t sneak up on us, but no one was waiting for the Dodgers’ Super Team this year. You knew they were good, but I really didn’t think are they any better than the Nationals or the Cubs or the Indians? No, not really. And yet, they are. The Astros broke out this year. Aaron Judge broke out this year. So you had these other stories, and then here come the Dodgers. And right now, the proof is in the pudding.”
The Dodgers are on pace to win 112.8 games. That puts them in good company alongside the 2001 Mariners (116-46), the 1998 Yankees (114-48), the 1954 Indians (111-43), and 1944 Cardinals (105-49), among other all-time great regular-season teams.
“This is what we’re talking about: some of the greatest seasons of all time,” Kenny said. “Whether or not we thought it was going to happen, it is happening. Forty-four out of 51, that happens. They actually did that, and very few teams in the history of the game have done that.”
Of course, regular-season dominance and World Series titles are two different things. The ’54 Indians got swept in the World Series, and the ’01 Mariners didn’t even get there, bowing out to the Yankees in the ALCS.
“You can get knocked off,” Kenny said. “(The Dodgers) could cruise in at 115 wins, and yet, are they really that much better in one week than the Nationals and the Cubs? No. Are they that much better than the Rockies or the Diamondbacks? If they played for a full week and they get a seven-game series, I think that will show up against teams like the Diamondbacks or the Rockies. But the Nationals are stacked. The Cubs are still very powerful.”
The Dodgers have not reached the World Series since 1988. If Los Angeles doesn’t win it all, many would consider the season a disappointment.
“Well, sure, of course,” Kenny said. “But appreciate this now. But you get to that one-week playoff series, of course they can get knocked out.”
In other news, Kenny announced that he will be ringside for the Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor fight in Las Vegas on Aug. 26.
“I’m going to be calling it for the world feed,” Kenny said. “I’m going to be ringside. So I have to admit: I’ve been sucked into it. Everyone’s talking about it. It’ll be the place to be. I’m excited about it.”