The Los Angeles Dodgers finished their seven-game road trip on Thursday, going 4-3 after falling to the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 in the last of their four-game set. The Dodgers took two of three from the Colorado Rockies and split the series against the Reds.
Though the Dodgers ended the road trip with a loss, manager Don Mattingly had a positive view and expressed hope the team could improve their home record,via Joe Kay of the Kansas City Star:
We played pretty well this trip. Basically you play at .500 or a little above on the road, you’re going to feel pretty good about it. Up to this point, we haven’t been able to make hay at home. That’s the thing that has to change for us. We’ve got to play better at home.”
Zack Greinke, who suffered the loss Thursday, also took an optimistic view:
We’ve been playing pretty solid. People expect us to win every game, win 10 games in a row. It’s possible, but we’re over .500.”
With a payroll over $230 million, high expectations were placed on the Dodgers this season. As ESPN analyst Buster Olney discussed, 2014 very much has a championship-or-bust feel.
The Dodgers have compiled a 22-14 record away from Dodger Stadium, relying on strong pitching and timely hitting. However, the same has not held true for the Dodgers at home as they’ve failed to play with any consistency.
With a 13-19 home record, the Dodgers find themselves two games over .500 at 35-33. They managed to make up some ground on the San Francisco Giants, but back-to-back losses has taken some of the shine off closing the gap in the standings.
The Dodgers return to Chavez Ravine for a three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks, followed by a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies.
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