Dodgers have been road warriors on offense

Thearon W. Henderson

The Dodgers have won 19 of their last 20 games while wearing the road grays, thanks in large part to an offense that seems to spring to life away from Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers have already won their series against the Phillies, and have won seven of their last eight games at Citizens Bank Park, the home of playoff tortures and five straight postseason losses in 2008 and 2009. But the 2013 Dodgers are a different breed, and look to complete their fifth sweep in their last six road series.

The Dodgers are an absurd 19-1 in their last 20 road games, the first team since the 1916 Giants to pull off that feat, per STATS. At 35-25, the Dodgers own the best away mark in the majors (.583), percentage points ahead of the Rangers (36-26, .580).

On the road the Dodgers are hitting .274/.342/.412 and scoring 4.70 runs per game, compared to .262/.317/.380 and 3.50 runs per game at home.

On the other side of the ball the home and road numbers are much closer, as Dodgers opponents are hitting .243/.308/.367 and averaging 3.65 runs against the Dodgers pitching and defense on the road, compared to .246/.305/.368 and 3.66 runs against at Dodger Stadium.

A few notes:

  • Andre Ethier has hit 16 of his 25 doubles on the road and has hit .313/.401/.463 on the road compared to .217/.289/.328 at Dodger Stadium.
  • A.J. Ellis is a .272/.366/.430 hitter away, compared to .234/.301/.299 at home, with all six of his home runs hit on the road.
  • Juan Uribe has hit five of his seven home runs on the road.
  • Dodgers pitchers .220/.274/.284 with seven extra-base hits on the road, compared to .134/.185/.188 with three extra-base hits at home.
  • Adrian Gonzalez has hit 10 of his 16 home runs away from home, but has hit 16 of his 25 doubles at Dodger Stadium.
  • Tim Federowicz is hitting .263/.311/.421 on the road, but .190/.290/.293 at Dodger Stadium.
  • With runners in scoring position the Dodgers are hitting .273/.351/.376 on the road, compared to .239/.323/.356 at home.

Ricky Nolasco has made five of his seven starts as a Dodger on the road, and on Sunday looks for his fourth straight victory. Nolasco has yet to allow more than three runs in a game since joining the Dodgers, going 4-1 with a 2.97 ERA, 29 strikeouts and 13 walks in 39⅓ innings.

That juggernaut Dodgers road offense will face Cole Hamels, who has pitched quite well since the beginning of July. The southpaw Hamels is 3-2 with a 1.98 ERA in his last eight starts, with 47 strikeouts and just eight walks in 59 innings.

Starting Lineups

A 10-game winning streak, plus at the front end of 13 games in 13 days means lots of rest for the regulars and a house money lineup for the finale in Philadelphia.

Dodgers Phillies
2B Ellis
SS Martinez (S)
3B Punto (S)
1B Frandsen
SS Ramirez 2B Utley (L)
RF Puig LF Brown (L)
CF Ethier (L)
RF Ruf
LF Van Slyke
3B Asche (L)
1B Hairston
CF Wells
C Federowicz
C Ruiz
P Nolasco
P Hamels (L)

Game info

Time: 10:35 a.m.

TV: Prime Ticket, TBS

MLB Gameday

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