The 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers just completed the most successful 50-game stretch in Major League Baseball since 1912. Since play began on June 7, the Dodgers have compiled a 43-7 record, tying them with the 2912 New York Giants. Entering play on Sunday, the Dodgers sit at an incredible 78-32, providing them with a 14.5 game lead over the second-place Colorado Rockies. At this current pace, with 52 games remaining in the regular season schedule, the Dodgers are on track to win 115 games, which puts them in the running for the most regular season wins in a single season. The 1906 Chicago Cubs and 2001 Seattle Mariners share the record with 116 regular season wins.
The Dodgers certainly have an excellent chance at setting the all-time regular season wins total record over the final two months of the 2017 season. For those doing the math at home, the Dodgers would need to compile a 38-14 record to match the 116-win seasons by the Cubs and Mariners, and go at least 39-13 to break the record. Of course, they would also hope to avoid suffering the fate of those two teams, as neither team won the World Series. In fact, the Mariners did not even make it to the Fall Classic, as they were eliminated 4-1 in the ALCS by the New York Yankees. The Cubs lost to the Chicago White Sox 4-2 in the 1906 World Series.
The Dodgers have not even been to the World Series since 1988, when they defeated the Oakland Athletics behind a dramatic Game 1 home run by a limping Kirk Gibson. The 2017 Dodgers are certainly a special bunch, capable of breaking the regular season wins mark as well as ending a 29-year World Series drought. The team does face one of the easier schedules to close out the final two months of the regular season. While Clayton Kershaw would clearly help the Dodgers in their quest to set the regular season wins record, the team will not rush him back from his lower back strain. After all, while that record would be nice, all that matters in a season such as this one is closing it out with a World Series championship.