Interleague play: Dodgers nightmare in American League parks

Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

For the last eight seasons the Dodgers have been absolutely terrible in American League parks, ranking 29th among 30 teams in interleague road record.

The Dodgers find themselves in Baltimore this weekend for a weekend series against the Orioles, their first trip to Camden Yards since 2002. Because there are now 15 teams in each league, there is an interleague series at all times rather than at designated times throughout the season. Which means in 2013 we get the earliest reminder of just how bad the Dodgers have been in American League ballparks.

In their last 22 interleague series on the road, the Dodgers have lost 18 of them. Even last year when the Dodgers won two of three in Seattle against the Mariners, which snapped a six-series interleague road losing streak, they were no-hit in one of the games.

Since the beginning of the 2005 season the Dodgers are just 17-49 (.258) when playing in American League parks. Only the Pirates have been worse during that span, at 11-46 (.193) on the road during interleague play.

The Dodgers' futility when using the designated hitter hasn't been exclusively Angels-related, as the Dodgers are 7-17 (.292) in Anaheim and 10-32 (.238) in other AL parks. They are 28-32 (.467) at home against the American League during that span.

The Dodgers have 10 road interleague games this season to try and improve their record in American League parks:

Apr. 19-21: at Baltimore

May 29-30: at Anaheim

June 18-19: at New York

July 22-24: at Toronto

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