One Number 18 Missed, Will Dodgers Miss Another?

It's always weird when the Dodger Stadium grounds crew has to wipe away the cobwebs when pulling out the tarp.

The Dodgers and Padres are scheduled to face off Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium and a rematch of Sunday, the Dodgers' only loss of the season. Aaron Harang starts for the Dodgers, looking to improve over his "13 baserunners and 13 outs" performance in San Diego, while the Dodgers look to charge their first earned runs to Clayton Richard's ledger.

But as former Dodgers number 18, Hiroki Kuroda, pitched eight scoreless innings for the New York Yankees Friday afternoon in their home opener against the Angels, I wonder if tonight will be another number 18 for the Dodgers.

There is between a 50-70% chance of rain during game time at Dodger Stadium tonight, which could mean the streak of 972 straight home games without a rainout is in jeopardy. The last rainout was April 17, 2000 against the Houston Astros. There have been 17 rainouts in 50 years plus at Dodger Stadium:

  • April 17, 2000 vs. Houston
  • April 11, 1999 vs. Colorado
  • April 21, 1988 vs. San Diego
  • April 20, 1988 vs. San Diego
  • April 19, 1988 vs. San Diego
  • September 24, 1986 vs. San Diego
  • August 18, 1983 vs. New York
  • April 11, 1982 vs. San Diego
  • September 5, 1978 vs. San Francisco
  • April 15, 1978 vs. Atlanta
  • August 17, 1977 vs. San Francisco
  • May 9, 1977 vs. Philadelphia
  • May 8, 1977 vs. Philadelphia
  • September 11, 1976 vs. Atlanta
  • September 10, 1976 vs. Atlanta
  • April 12, 1976 vs. San Diego
  • April 21, 1967 vs. St, Louis

The Dodgers began Dodger Stadium with 737 games without a rainout, then after that 1967 rainout went 724 more games before the second one. The current streak of 972 straight games without a rainout is the Dodgers club record, beating the previous streak of 856 games between 1988 and 1999.

Game Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

MLB Gameday

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