When looking at the schedule after the All-Star break, the Dodgers had a loaded end of July and early August as they played 14 of their first 20 games on the road.
Clearly that hasn’t phased them as they swept all six games from the Nationals and Blue Jays and pushed their road winning streak to 12 since they swept the DBacks in mid-July and won the last game against the Giants on July 7.
The winning streak is a Los Angeles Dodgers record and with a win today, they’d break the tie with the Brooklyn Robins in 1924. All the winning on the road has pushed the Dodgers road mark to 28-24 and they’re one of nine teams to have a road record above .500.
Manager Don Mattingly talked to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com about what the streak means:
The record shows a lot. Good teams, to me, have got to be able to win on the road. It is actually something the guys should be proud of. It shows you can play. Every day you’re ready to go. It’s what we tell them, to put yesterday’s game behind you. Every game is a big game. Play like it’s a must-win situation, and they’ve been doing it.
While there have been a couple close calls in the 12-game streak, it’s gotten to the point where the Dodgers are expected to come back or pull out a close game.
It’s a far cry from earlier in the season when the Dodgers were 30-42 and 9.5 games behind the Diamondbacks as the winning as silenced Mattingly’s critics for now.
There’s still a long way to go in the regular season, but the Dodgers winning ways on the road bode well for September and October, when they’ll really need to be “Road Warriors”.
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