Before the 2023 regular season began, no pundit picked the Los Angeles Dodgers to win another National League Western Division title. They thought the Dodgers would have a rebuilding year. The Dodgers won 100 games again.
Many Dodgers had great performances, but they didn’t reach their career milestones. No one is worried about this since the players’ eyes are on the ultimate goal, winning a world championship.
While we take a one day pause from postseason play, let’s look back at some of the numbers a few players fell a little short on.
- Entering September, Mookie Betts needed two home runs to get forty. He only hit one for the rest of the season. During the series in Miami, Betts fouled a ball off his foot, which sapped his power. His 39 home runs are still a career high.
- Freddie Freeman had 59 doubles and 29 home runs. He wanted round numbers and to achieve something that no one has since the 1930s. But still, he became the first first baseman in history to have at least 20 home runs, 100 RBI, and 20 stolen bases. Everyone wanted to see Dave Roberts to do the “Freddie” when Freeman hit his 60th double.
- If Clayton Kershaw hadn’t injured his shoulder at the end of June, he would have reached 3000th strikeout in the 2023 season. Now, he needs 56 strikeouts to reach this important pitching milestone.
- Kershaw needs only 23 more wins to become the winningest Dodger pitcher in franchise history. Of course, he wouldn’t have won 36 games in 2023. However, he might have reached that incredible Dodger milestone in 2024 if he hadn’t suffered a mysterious shoulder injury.
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