The Dodgers checked off all the boxes and completed their ultimate goal, winning their first World Series in 32 years, with one of the best and weirdest seasons in franchise history.
After a 43-17 regular season, the Dodgers won 13 of their 18 postseason games, for a tidy 56-22 overall record. That .718 winning percentage translates to 116 wins in a 162-game season, though we had anything but during the regular season.
What the Dodgers had was a regular season schedule entirely against the National League West and American League West, and they dominated it, winning 15 series and splitting four others. Then they won all four postseason series. They never lost three games in a row all year.
It wasn’t a perfectly clean sweep, though, thanks to the Colorado Rockies.
The Dodgers hosted Colorado at Dodger Stadium for the weekend on September 4-6, and a 10-6 win on Friday gave Los Angeles a six-game winning streak. At that point the Dodgers won 19 of their last 20 home games against the Rockies, dating back to 2018, including the last five in a row.
The plans for an easy series win were thwarted on Saturday, when Blake Treinen allowed three straight singles to open the eighth inning of a tie game, then a two-run double by Josh Fuentes against Alex Wood gave us the final margin of 5-2, Rockies.
On Sunday, Chris Taylor’s two-run home run in the sixth inning but the Dodgers ahead by a run. I thought this game would be mostly remembered for the odd 7:10 p.m. start time on a Sunday (the day before Labor Day), but old friend Matt Kemp had other ideas, hitting a two-run home run off Caleb Ferguson in the eighth inning to give the Rockies the lead in a 7-6 win.
The Dodgers ended this year 19-1-4 in series, with the only loss coming at the hands of an old friend. Kudos, Matt Kemp and kudos, Rockies. You were the only team to beat the 2020 Dodgers in a series.
Congratulations to the Colorado Rockies, the only team to beat the Dodgers in a series this year.— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) October 28, 2020