Much has been made of the Dodgers’ nearly unprecedented success at Dodger Stadium this season, but their play away from home has helped fuel their historic run through the 2017 season.
The Dodgers have won 23 of their last 28 road games, winning seven straight series away from home and they haven’t lost a road series since dropping two of three in San Francisco from May 15-17, going 10-0-2 in 12 road series since.
After starting the year dropping seven of their first 10 wearing the road grays, the Dodgers now have the best road record in the National League (37-21), bettered only by the Astros (40-21) in MLB.
The Dodgers’ winning percentage on the road (.638) is better than the home record of 28 teams in baseball. Only the Red Sox (40-22, .645 at Fenway Park) have a better home mark than the Dodgers on the road in 2017.
At home, the Dodgers are 51-14 (.785), on pace to match the National League record of 64 home wins in a season, set by the 1975 Reds.
If the Dodgers can win 13 of their final 23 away games, they would reach 50 wins at both home and on the road for the second time in the 134-year history of the franchise. The 1974 team won 52 games at Dodger Stadium and 50 on the road en route to a World Series trip.
That was also the last Dodgers team to win 100 games, a mark the 2017 squad can reach with 12 wins in their final 39 games.
Brock Stewart will be recalled from Triple-A to make his third start of the season for the Dodgers on Tuesday, filling in for Yu Darvish.
In one minor league start since he was optioned, Stewart pitched five scoreless innings for Oklahoma City last Tuesday at Omaha, allowing two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.
Jameson Taillon gets the start for the Pirates, one day after he was warming up in the bullpen in the 12th inning just in case Monday’s series opener lasted longer.
Taillon his season has a 5.09 ERA at home, a full run higher than his road ERA (4.09), though his peripherals are quite similar. The right-hander owns a 3.47 FIP at PNC Park and a 3.38 FIP on the road.
Among the 131 major league pitchers with at least 80 innings in 2017, Taillon ranks fifth unluckiest in the difference between his ERA (4.64) and FIP (3.43).
Yasmani Grandal is 9-for-18 (.500) with three doubles, a home run, two walks and five RBI in four games against the Pirates this season.
As a team, the Dodgers are hitting .270/.440/.429 in extra innings this season, third-best OPS in the National League, behind Arizona and Pittsburgh. Third baseman Justin Turner is 3-for-4 with two walks and a hit by pitch in extras for an .857 on-base percentage.
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