Dodgers Reach 100 Wins for 3rd Time Since 2017 With Victory Over Diamondbacks

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 27, 2021

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The Los Angeles Dodgers reached 100 wins for the third time in the past five years after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0 on Sunday. 

Had the 2020 season not been shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dodgers likely would have hit 100 wins in four of the past five seasons. Last year's 43-17 record put them on pace to win roughly 116 games in a full 162-game season. 

MLB Stats @MLBStats

The <a href="https://twitter.com/Dodgers?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Dodgers</a> have won 100 games in a season for the 8th time in franchise history. <a href="https://t.co/8GOFOZwP28">pic.twitter.com/8GOFOZwP28</a>

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<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Dodgers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Dodgers</a> have won 100 games for the third time in the last five seasons with Andrew Friedman as President of Baseball Ops. Prior to this, Dodgers had only 2 seasons of 100+ wins in Los Angeles (1962 &amp; 1974).

In a fun twist, both second baseman Trea Turner and shortstop Corey Seager reached the career 100-homer mark during L.A.'s 100th win of the season:

Los Angeles Dodgers @Dodgers

0 to 💯, real quick.<br><br>Congratulations <a href="https://twitter.com/treavturner?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@treavturner</a> on your 100th career home run! <a href="https://t.co/Al08bHbiTa">pic.twitter.com/Al08bHbiTa</a>

Los Angeles Dodgers @Dodgers

Keeping it 💯.<br><br>This is <a href="https://twitter.com/coreyseager_5?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@coreyseager_5</a>'s 100th career home run and his second of the game! <a href="https://t.co/8jelbTTudg">pic.twitter.com/8jelbTTudg</a>

Despite being just the second team to hit the 100-win mark this season, the Dodgers (100-56) currently trail the San Francisco Giants (102-54) in the NL West by two games. Their reward for yet another excellent season may be a Wild Card berth. 

That would likely mean a matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card Game and an NL Divisional series against the Giants, assuming the Dodgers got past the Cardinals. Two 100-win teams playing in the best-of-five NLDS would be something of an anomaly, and a tough break for whichever team lost that series. 

Anything less than a title for this Dodgers team would be a major disappointment. L.A. is loaded with star power and a payroll ($267.2 million) that is nearly $64 million more than any other team in baseball, per Spotrac.

Compare that to the Giants, whose $161.7 million payroll is 10th in baseball. For context, Cleveland's $48.8 million payroll is the lowest in baseball (and barely more than the $45.8 million that NBA superstar Stephen Curry will make for the Golden State Warriors this upcoming season). 

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The Dodgers are the defending champions, so sky-high expectations are nothing new for their core group of players. Getting past the Giants and repeating as champions will be no small task, however. 

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