The Los Angeles Dodgers concluded a 10-game homestand with a 4-6 record and received heavy scrutiny from their manager. Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp later agreed with Mattingly’s comments as the Dodgers were regularly stuck at one game over .500.
The disappointing homestand dropped the Dodgers’ record at Chavez Ravine to a perplexing 13-19 mark. Oddly enough, not only do the Dodgers have a better road record, it’s far more superior. Prior to beginning a seven-game road trip in Colorado last week, the Dodgers were 18-11 on the road.
Five games into trip, they’ve pushed their record to an MLB best, 22-12. The Dodgers had to endure a rain delay Tuesday that lasted over two hours but once play began, they picked up right where they left off and cruised to a win.
Following the win, Mattingly said he is past his frustration and will address the struggles at home when the team returns to Los Angeles, via ESPN LA’s Mark Saxon:
I was just frustrated at the end of the homestand, but I’m happy right now,” he said. “We’re playing good. We’ll try to figure out home when we get home.”
Winners in their last three games, the Dodgers have gained some ground on the NL West leaders, San Francisco Giants, who have lost two in a row. The Dodgers now sit 7.5 games behind the Giants and have reason to be optimistic they could draw even closer in the next week or so.
Should the weather permit, the Dodgers have two more games with the Reds before returning home to face the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. The Giants will play the Washington Nationals two more times then host the Rockies before hitting the road for a five-game trip.
A win Wednesday will give the Dodgers their first four-game winning streak this season. They’ve neither won nor lost more than three consecutive games thus far in 2014.
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