The Dodgers picked up win number 100 on the season with a 5-2 victory over the Giants in San Francisco on Sunday. With it, the club established a new MLB record with its fourth consecutive 100-plus win campaign in a non-shortened season. With all the changes the Dodgers faced roster wise last offseason, they entered spring training far from favorites to win the NL West let alone 100 games.
“From outside the organization I don’t think people expected [100 wins],” manager Dave Roberts said following game 162.
Most experts, insiders, pundits and the like went with the sexy pick that was the San Diego Padres. That was the club that signed the big name free agent and added to a roster that upset the Dodgers in the NLDS in the previous offseason.
“From start to finish, I feel like a lot of the outside noise was doubting us this year — not inside,” Freddie Freeman said. “I don’t think winning 100 games surprises anybody in this clubhouse. But to do it when – I mean we have one guy in the starting rotation that was in spring training coming out of it that is in there now. We’ve faced a lot of ups and downs and we rose above it and got 100 wins.
“Baseball is played on the diamond, out on the field. It’s not on paper or who spends the most money and blah blah blah. Outside noise is outside noise. It’s very easy to shut it off and go out and play the game when you know you’re a good team.”via OC Register
And now the important season begins for Los Angeles. We know this organization can win in the regular season but the missing World Series successes coming off of one of these 100 win years is a narrative that needs to change this October. The National League Division Series begins on Saturday, October 7 on TBS.
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