The Los Angeles Dodgers have 16 wins in their first 25 games, yet there’s more to be desired from the reigning NL West champions.
Of those 16 wins, 13 of them have been at Dodger Stadium, where they are 13-2 overall. The road is a different story, as the Dodgers are 3-7 and have won just one series away from home. On Monday night in Milwaukee, the struggles continued when Clayton Kershaw took a 3-1 lead into the eighth inning only to see it become a 4-3 deficit and eventual loss. Manager Don Mattingly watched the game from the clubhouse after being ejected in the third inning for arguing a balk call.
In terms of the game, Mattingly gave the credit to the Brewers for executing when they needed to via Bill Plunkett of the OC Register:
They got some hits. It’s not like we gave them anything tonight. They earned it,” said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
When asked about the team’s road woes, Mattingly gave a simple answer putting faith in his team:
We’re fine. Home or road, we’re going to be fine.”
While it’s just a month into the season, it is a bit concerning that the Dodgers fail to get wins on the road. The offense averages 3.4 runs on the road as opposed to 5.6 at home, while they allow 4.1 runs on the road and just 2.93 at home. The current seven-game road trip the team is on can go a long way to changing the perception of the team’s struggles, especially against struggling teams like the Brewers and Colorado Rockies.
While last year’s team was better on the road, the Dodgers seem to thrive on the environment at Dodger Stadium and are stagnant on the road. The team will have to find a way to keep the energy up on the road if they plan to repeat as NL West champions.
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