Dodgers eclipse 100-win threshold for 3rd time in last 5 years
The Los Angeles Dodgers reached familiar territory Sunday, collecting their 100th win of the season by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0.
It's the third time in five years the Dodgers have reached the century mark in victories. That includes the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign when they posted a .717 win percentage, which would equate to 116 wins over a normal 162-game season. It's also the eighth time in franchise history the club has won 100 contests in a campaign.
Los Angeles is the second team to reach the 100-win plateau this season, following the division-rival San Francisco Giants, who own a 102-54 record.
Despite becoming the second team to reach the milestone, the Dodgers currently occupy the top wild-card spot and trail the Giants by two games in the NL West.
As it stands, Los Angeles would host the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL wild-card game for the right to play the NLDS against the Giants.
Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias improved his MLB-leading win total to 19 Sunday. He shut out the D-Backs over five innings of work, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out three. Kenley Jansen earned his 36th save of the year.
Since adopting the 162-game schedule in 1961, the reigning World Series champion has gone on to win 100-plus games seven times. If the Giants hold on to their NL West lead, the Dodgers will become the first team to win 100 games and not finish first in their division, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.