Major League Baseball is supposed to play its best until the last day of the regular season. It’s the way the system is set up.
In the KBO, as games are postponed by rain and schedules are stretched to the breaking point, there is less interest in the race for the last postseason ticket. This is why attendance drops at the end.
MLB didn’t even know its postseason opponents on the final day of the two-day regular season. The Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros were the only two teams to pop the champagne on the final day.
The other is whether or not the record will hold up until the final game. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who had already clinched second place in the National League and were preparing for the division series, had two records on the line. They were looking to win 100 games for the third straight year and to see if No. 2 hitter Freddie Freeman could hit 60 doubles in a season.
The Dodgers beat the rival San Francisco Giants 5-2 in the final series of the acting regime after manager Gabe Kapler was fired that day, giving them 100 wins and 62 losses for the season. It’s the first three consecutive 100-win seasons in franchise history, including in Brooklyn. It would be the fourth consecutive year if the 2020 coronavirus pandemic is excluded.
The leadership of manager Dave Roberts, nicknamed “Dolbutts” domestically for his mound work, is underrated. The last three consecutive 100-win teams were the Houston Astros (2017-2019).
The Astros won 100 games with the Giants, but they didn’t reach Freeman’s 60 doubles. They finished with 59. He hit a double and a home run in the first game of the series against the Giants and appeared to be within reach of 60, but the psychological pressure of standing in front of the record prevented him from reaching the milestone.
No player has recorded 60 doubles in a season since Joe Medwick (64) and Charlie Geringer (60) in 1936. Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves’ 40-40 club (home runs and stolen bases) was the first time in 17 years since Alfonso Soriano in 2006. The record for doubles in a season was locked and loaded for 87 years. In the end, Freeman fell one short of the record.
The Atlanta Braves didn’t break the record, but they did finish in a tie. Marcell Osuna’s 39th and 40th home runs of the season against the Washington Nationals on April 2 tied the Minnesota Twins’ record for home runs in a season with 307. The Twins set the MLB record for most home runs by a team in a single season in 2019 with 307. At the time, the Twins had five players with 30 or more home runs. The most was 41 by Nelson Cruz.바카라
Atlanta settled for a National League record. Five with 30+, three with 30+ and one with 50+. Matt Olson leads the MLB in home runs with 54, followed by Ronald Acuna Jr. with 41 and Osuna with 40. Atlanta is also strong on the mound. It’s the No. 1 favorite to win the World Series.
In the final game, Detroit Tigers legend Miguel Cabrera and St. Louis Cardinals Adam Wainwright said goodbye to their fans. Wainwright, who has 200 career wins, pinch-hit against the Cincinnati Reds. New York Mets manager Buck Showalter also announced before the game that he would not be returning for the 2024 season, ending with a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.