A win against the Giants on Sunday would make the 2019 Dodgers the winningest team in franchise history. Since it’s the final game of the regular season, the Bums only have one shot to set the record.
They are competing to best the 1953 Dodgers — a team featuring the talents of Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella and Gil Hodges, to name a few. Their 105 wins held the franchise record for 66 years before the current squad matched their success.
One thing the 2019 Dodgers cannot do is best the ‘53 team’s winning percentage, since the older squad played in less games (155). If LA does pull off win No. 106, they will have a 0.654 winning percentage, compared to Brooklyn’s 0.682 winning percentage.
The ‘53 team was right in the thick of the “Dem Bums” era, since the team would constantly make playoff runs and return home empty handed (sound familiar?). They were no different in 1953, making it to the Fall Classic and falling to the (you guessed it) New York Yankees, four games to two.
It’s the second time in three seasons the Dodgers have won at least 100 games (2019 and 2017), but it’s only the eighth time since the franchise began in 1884 as the Brooklyn Atlantics. Four of the seven previous 100-win teams made it to the World Series, but none came out victorious.
SB Nation FanPulse Results
Now it’s time for the weekly FanPulse poll update! Dodgers fans seem to be a little more positive this week, compared to a couple weeks ago, at least. The 64% team approval rating up compared to the 56% back on Sept. 9. This means almost two-thirds of Dodgers fans are confident heading into October baseball.
The 36% of fans who revealed they aren’t confident are unimpressed by the Dodgers passing the 100-win mark, and are likely skeptical the Dodgers’ postseason run will go far.
On a more interesting question, we asked fans if they believe Mike Trout and Christian Yelich’s injuries should impact their candidacy for AL and NL MVP titles.
About two-thirds of MLB fans do not think their injuries should hinder their chances at winning the MVP, while 34% believe their sitting out should be considered.