How the Los Angeles Dodgers stack up against MLB’s greatest teams

Sep 22, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts (50) celebrates with first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) and second baseman Gavin Lux (9) after hitting a walk-off single against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 22, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts (50) celebrates with first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) and second baseman Gavin Lux (9) after hitting a walk-off single against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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The 2022 Dodgers celebrate their NL West title.: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
The 2022 Dodgers celebrate their NL West title.: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports /

One incomplete category

There is one more category to be considered, but it cannot be considered in its totality yet. That category is postseason performance.

Obviously it’s impossible to consider the 2022 Dodgers’ post-season performance at this point; that will have to wait until early November … or possibly earlier.

The one thing we can say is that exceptional regular-season performance does not necessarily equate to exceptional postseason performance. Of the 10 .700 teams to reach postseason — there was no World Series in 1902 — six did win their World Series.

But that means four did not, and those four include the two winningest teams of all time, the 1906 Cubs and 2001 Mariners.

In fact the Mariners are the only one, aside from the 1902 Pirates, who did not play in a World Series, having been knocked out by the Yankees in the ALCS. The 1954 Indians and 1931 Athletics also lost in their World Series appearance.

The 2022 Dodgers will have the most difficult route to navigate of all of the teams since they would have to win a dozen games across three playoff rounds in order to claim the ultimate prize. All the other .700 teams except the 1998 Yankees and 2001 Mariners simply had to win a best-of-seven World Series. The 1998 Yankees were required to win 11 postseason games, which they did.

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The 2001 Mariners would have needed 11 wins to claim that World Series; they ended up winning just four games.