The Dodgers have a chance to come home on Sunday night with a winning road trip, a chance to return to Los Angeles with a winning record on the road, with one more crack at the Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix.
LA is 5-4 so far in their season-high 10-game road trip, and enter play on Sunday 37-37 away from home.
The Dodgers are 12-6 against the Diamondbacks in 2016 and, for lack of a better term, have owned Arizona for the last three seasons. The Diamondbacks won the season series 10-9, though that ended with a division-clinching win for the Dodgers and a trip to the Chase Field pool.
In 2014, the Dodgers won 15 out of 19 against the Diamondbacks, beating them on two continents, then went 13-6 against them in 2015. That makes 40-16 since the start of the 2014 season for the Dodgers against their division rivals, which according to STATS LLC is the most wins vs. one opponent for any team in baseball during that span.
It holds up pretty well historically for the Dodgers, too, at least since they moved to Los Angeles in 1958. Thanks to the trusty Baseball-Reference Play Index, I searched for the Dodgers' best three-year records against every National League team.
I wanted these records to be against teams they played a decent amount, so out with the Dodgers' 17-3 (.850) mark against the Reds from 2006-08, or their 16-3 (.842) record against the Pirates from 2003-05. Nor will I count the 14-4 (.778) record against the Brewers from 2001-03.
The minimum worked out to be basically 30 games over a three-year span, or really anything over 20 based on how these shook out, but that basically means divisional foes of the last two decades or just about anyone from when there were fewer teams in baseball.
(Remember the glory days when the Dodgers used to play 18 games against NL West teams and 12 games against NL East teams? Get off my lawn!)
Here are the Dodgers' best three-year records against National League teams since moving to Los Angeles:
- 47-7 (.870) vs. Mets, 1962-64
- 24-7 (.774) vs. Expos, 1980-82
- 47-15 (.7581) vs. Phillies, 1960-62
- 50-16 (.7576) vs. Phillies, 1959-61
- 39-15 (.722) vs. Giants, 1977-79
- 26-10 (.722) vs. Expos, 1969-71
- 40-16 (.714) vs. Diamondbacks, 2014-16
- 38-16 (.704) vs. Padres, 1972-74
- 38-16 (.704) vs. Astros, 1974-76
- 36-16 (.692) vs. Braves 1987-89 or 1988-90
- 40-18 (.690) vs. Cubs, 1961-63
- 37-17 (.685) vs. Astros 1963-65
The Dodgers really took advantage of the Mets in the first three years of the latter's existence, and around that same time beat up on Philadelphia something fierce.
A win on Sunday would keep the Dodgers' mark against the D-backs the last three years in the same relative spot, though with a .719 winning percentage. A loss puts them at .701 and knocks them down a few spots.
Jose De Leon makes his third major league start in the series finale, looking for his third win. The Diamondbacks will counter with left-hander Robbie Ray, who has 87 strikeouts in 63 innings since the All-Star break.
The Dodgers are 18-20 against southpaw starters this season, and are set to face left-handers in three of their next four games, with Madison Bumgarner and Matt Moore scheduled to bookend the Giants series in Los Angeles.
Dodgers (84-64) vs. Diamondbacks (62-86)
Time: 1:10 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA