Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman drove in the only run Wednesday night on a 10th-inning bloop single that scored Mookie Betts from third base. A half-inning later, he caught a throw from Tommy Kahnle to end the game and secure L.A.’s 107th win of the season, a new franchise record.
Freeman has never played for a 100-win team before this season, and now he’s on a team that has won 107 with seven left to play. After the game, he talked with the media about the accomplishment.
“That’s a lot of wins if you really think about it. A lot of good things have to happen from a lot of guys. Not just 26 guys. It has to be 40 to 45 guys that have to contribute to be able to do that.”
Freeman is very detail-oriented and focused on his goals so, of course, he brought the conversation back down to earth a little bit.
“Once October 11 hits, nobody is going to care how many wins you had in the regular season. But we’re here, we’re in the regular season – we might as well get as many wins as we possibly can.”
"Our pitching has been incredible. Pitching is the reason why you win that many games and championships." – @FreddieFreeman5 on defeating the Padres in extras and setting new records with the #Dodgers. pic.twitter.com/fN5TV8mta2
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) September 29, 2022
This is the mindset the Dodgers have had all year, and it has worked for them. “Today we’re playing this team, so let’s go beat this team,” while always keeping the ultimate goal a World Series title.
What a record number of wins tells us is that this is a supremely talented team, and while the wins don’t carry over into the postseason, the talent does. So winning 107 (or more) games in the regular season isn’t “meaningless,” like some people say, it’s just that the meaning is different than what you might expect. The Dodgers will go into every playoff series knowing they have the better team; after that, it’s all execution.
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