A few short weeks ago, the prospect of becoming the best Dodger team in history (in terms of total wins) was not probable. It took a hot last few weeks.
One Hot September
With a 9-0 win over the Giants to end the season, the Dodgers went 18-6 in September. This might be one of the most understated ‘hot’ months a team has had in a while. The Dodgers schedule was certainly a little easier, but winning is winning, especially in September. The Dodgers ended the season winning 9 games in a row, including two series on the row. That’s incredible.
Besting The 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers
106 wins for the year puts them one ahead of the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers who went 105-49. MLB teams did not play 162 games until 1961 when the AL adopted a 162 games season. The NL adopted it the subsequent year. The 1953 Dodgers featured quite the breakfast of champions including Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese. All of these players went on to be inducted in the Hall of Fame. Roy Campanella and Duke Snider both hit over 40 home runs that year, Gil Hodges hit 31, and Jackie Robinson posted a .425 OBP.
The 2019 Dodgers Are One Of The Greatest Dodger Teams
Before anyone reading this predictably counters this paragraph title with an argument about winning a championship, this isn’t about that. The playoffs are a different animal altogether, and the 1953 Dodgers didn’t win the world series either. When people look back and talk about the 2019 Dodgers, they’ll talk about Cody Bellinger’s historic season. People will talk about Hyun-Jin Ryu and his ERA title. They’ll talk about having 11 players on the roster who had double figures in home runs.
They’ll talk about the Dodgers month of October, which is yet to be seen..