Despite the recent four-game losing streak, the Dodgers still remain two games behind the Atlanta Braves for the best record in the National League.
While the Dodgers were losing, the Braves too were in the midst of their own four-game losing streak as they were swept by the Phillies over the weekend. Manager Don Mattingly has already started to rest players, but getting swept over the weekend regained their focus and it showed in their 8-1 win last night.
Before the game, Mattingly talked Austin Laymance of Dodgers.com about how much he cares about home field advantage:
You basically have to win games everywhere, Mattingly said before Monday night’s game against the D-backs. It would be nice to be home. I don’t think it has to be that way. I’m not going to sit here and say I don’t want it. I would rather have it.
It does sound like Mattingly would like to gain home field advantage, but don’t look for him to go all-in as Yasiel Puig and other stars could see rest with nagging injuries down the stretch.
However, the Dodgers have proven to be road warriors of sorts as they set a Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers record with 13 straight road victories. Not to mention, home field advantage doesn’t guarantee a series victory as only half of the 34 teams in the NLCS and ALCS since 1996 have won the series.
With both teams playing below .500 records, the Dodgers might not have home field throughout, but that doesn’t mean their postseason chances should be affected.
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