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.
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<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Dodgers?src=hash&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 & 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:
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).
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.