The Dodgers’ streak of success is up to 50 games. They will try to improve their record to 43-8 in their last 51 games dating back to June 22, sweep the Phillies in Philadelphia, and beat Cole Hamels today.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Dodgers’ 42 wins are tied for the second-most by a Major League team in a 50-game span since 1900. The 1912 Giants, 1941 Yankees and 1942 Cardinals also posted 42-8 records during 50-game runs, while the Cubs went 45-5 during a 50-game stretch in 1906.
But as we discussed earlier in the week, the Dodgers may already have achieved an important tipping point by winning 42 of 50.
One note on Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco: If he wins today’s he’ll reach double-digit victories for the sixth consecutive season, joining Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia and Zack Greinke as the only pitchers to do so every year since 2008.