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 Athletics appear to be closing in on a deal for Mets’ right-hander Jeurys Familia, according to reports from ESPN’s Buster Olney. Nothing has been finalized just yet, however, as the Mets confirmed that they would not be announcing a trade tonight and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic points out that other teams may still be in the mix for Familia’s services. It’s not clear what the A’s would be giving up in any potential deal for the reliever.
Familia, 28, has been pitching well this season. He currently sports a 2.88 ERA, 3.1 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 40 2/3 innings — across-the-board improvements from his last run with the Mets in 2017 — and has racked up 17 saves to boot. He’s due another $3 million for the remainder of 2018, and Rosenthal adds that the club is willing to throw some cash in the deal in order to guarantee a better return for the closer.
While the A’s have one of the better bullpens in the American League, sitting seventh-best with a 3.50 ERA and 2.8 fWAR, they still have a ways to go in order to overtake the Mariners and Astros for a postseason berth by season’s end. Familia’s contract expires at the end of the year, but he should provide enough short-term value to give the A’s the boost they need.