On Saturday the Dodgers came from behind to beat the Mets 7-4. That was their 43rd win in their previous 50 games and that set a record for the best 50-game stretch in 105 years
The last team to win 43 of 50 was the 1912 New York Giants. The Giants would win 103 games that year, finishing ten games in front of the Pirates for the National League pennant. They’d go on to lose the World Series the 105-win Boston Red Sox, however. As was the case then and is the case now, winning four out of seven — or, actually, eight, as one of the World Series games finished in a tie that year due to darkness — at the end of the year is more important than winning any random number out of any random number of games earlier in the season.
But it’s not necessarily more impressive. I’m a sucker for the regular season — it’s just my cup of tea — and even if the Dodgers get swept out of the Division Series in three games due to bad luck or a collective case of food poisoning, what they’re doing this season is most impressive.
Anyway, they won again yesterday, so I guess, depending on how fancy you get with end points, they have multiple 43-7 runs now. But let’s leave math out of this, OK?
The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.
Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.
Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.