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Dodgers History At Petco Park Hasn't Been Pretty

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Petco Park has at times driven the Dodgers mad, even the affable Robin Ventura (<em>Donald Miralle | Getty Images</em>)
Petco Park has at times driven the Dodgers mad, even the affable Robin Ventura (Donald Miralle | Getty Images)

The Dodgers head down to San Diego for their triannual trip to Petco Park, which has been a relative house of horrors for them. Since the park opened in 2004, the Padres have averaged 82 wins per season, a six-win-per-season improvement over the previous seven years. During the period that Petco Park has been around, the Dodgers have had an overall better record than the Padres -- about three wins per season -- with ups and downs of course, but the Dodgers have still struggled when in San Diego.

Dodgers History At Petco Park
Year LAwin% SDwin% Rec at SD
2004 .574 .537 5-4
2005 .438 .506 4-5
2006 .543 .543 3-6
2007 .506 .546 3-6
2008 .519 .389 5-4
2009 .586 .463 4-5
2010 .494 .556 4-5
Totals .523 .506 28-35

When two teams are relatively evenly matched, it's understandable that the home team would win more often. But the Dodgers have been slightly better than the Padres in the last seven years, yet have still faltered in San Diego. In fact, the Padres are the only team in the NL West that the Dodgers don't have a winning road record against in the last seven years.

Dodgers On The Road 2004-Present
Opponent Record Win%
at Arizona 36-28 .563
at San Francisco 36-29 .554
at Colorado* 35-32 .522
at San Diego 28-35 .444

*includes the two road losses at Coors Field this week

The Dodgers hope to turn things around in San Diego this weekend. Phil Gurnee broke down the series in great detail, including the pitching matchups yesterday, but here's a refresher:

  • Tonight: Ted Lilly vs. Clayton Richard, 7:05 p.m. (Prime Ticket)
  • Saturday: Hiroki Kuroda vs. Dustin Moseley, 5:35 p.m. (KCAL)
  • Sunday: (very, very likely) John Ely vs. Aaron Harang, 1:05 p.m. (KCAL)