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?
Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw has been out since July 24 with a lower back strain. He’s slated to throw a three-inning simulated game in Pittsburgh on Monday, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. Plunkett adds that if all goes well, the earliest Kershaw could return is August 31 against the Diamondbacks, but September 1 is more likely against the Padres.
Kershaw, 29, hit the disabled list on a pace to win his fourth Cy Young Award. He’s 15-2 with a 2.04 ERA and a 168/24 K/BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings.
The Dodgers have managed just fine without Kershaw. The club is 19-4 since July 24. At 87-35, the Dodgers own baseball’s best record, well ahead of the second-best Astros at 76-48.
Last week, Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was ejected from a game against the Rangers after giving home plate umpire Angel Hernandez a look after a pitch was thrown outside for a ball. Kinsler was apparently unhappy with calls Hernandez had made earlier. Manager Brad Ausmus, too, was ejected.
After the game, Kinsler said that Hernandez “needs to find another job.” He added, “…he needs to stop ruining baseball games.”
Kinsler was fined by Major League Baseball for his remarks, Mlive’s Evan Woodbery reports. According to Ausmus, the fine levied on Kinsler was the largest one he’s seen in nearly 25 years in baseball. Kinsler said, “I said what I felt and what I thought. If they take offense to that, then that’s their problem.” Ausmus said, “To single out one player as a union is completely uncalled for.”
As Ashley noted on Saturday, the umpires wore white wristbands to protest “escalating attacks on umpires.” The umpires agreed to drop their protest on Sunday after commissioner Rob Manfred agreed to meet with the umpire union’s governing board, Gabe Lacques of USA TODAY Sports reports.