LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have four regular season games left at Dodger Stadium, one win away from doing something they haven’t done in 38 years.
So far in 2016, the Dodgers are 49-28 (.636) at Dodger Stadium, the fourth-best home record in baseball, behind only the Cubs, Rangers and Indians. With one more home win, the Dodgers will have back-to-back seasons with 50 wins at home for the first time since 1974 (52) and 1975 (54).
This year’s home record is even more impressive when considering the Dodgers started 6-10 at home. They are 43-18 (.705) at home since.
The Dodgers in 2015 had their best home record since moving to Los Angeles, going 55-26. The 104 home wins in the last two seasons are the most by the Dodgers since 105 in 1977-78. That was the most since Brooklyn won 108 games at Ebbets Field in 1955-56, a fact even more impressive since there were only 77 home games then instead of 81.
The franchise record for home wins is 60, set in 1953. That club also has the highest home winning percentage (.779). This is what is recognized by the team, which seems to be the modern era (1901-present), since the 1891 club was 61-16 (.792) at Eastern Park.
The Dodgers have won 50 home games (or before 1962, even 48 games — the equivalent of 50 wins in the shorter schedule) in consecutive years eight times in the modern era — 1915-16, 1941-42, 1946-47, 1955-56, 1962-63, 1965-66 and 1973-74, and 1977-78.
Brett Anderson gets the call for the Dodgers in their opener against the Rockies, his first start since Aug. 20 in Cincinnati. After spending five months rehabbing from back surgery, Anderson left his first start with a mild left wrist sprain, and left his second with a blister on his left hand.T
But last Friday in a rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma, Anderson allowed only one run on three hits in five innings, with five strikeouts. Perhaps most importantly, he induced eight ground outs and no fly outs, much more in line with the pitcher who led the majors with a 66.3% ground ball rate.
“Brett hasn't been right the last couple times, but as I understand it he was right, and the ball was doing what it was supposed to be doing,” manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday.
The activation of Brett Anderson off the disabled list will give the Dodgers 37 players on the active roster, including 20 pitchers.
Dodgers (86-66) vs. Rockies (73-79)
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network (out of market, joined in progress at 8 p.m.)