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Dodgers have milestones in play with Padres in town

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LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have a few milestones in play with their series opener against the Padres on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

Sitting on 99 wins, the Dodgers have their highest win total in 43 years, since winning 102 games en route to a World Series appearance in 1974. That was one of six 100-win seasons in franchise history, including twice in Los Angeles (1962 was the other season).

There have only been five major league teams win 100 games in the previous 11 seasons:

The Dodgers are also 54-24 at Dodger Stadium, one win shy of matching their most home wins since moving to Los Angeles in 1958. The 2015 team has the best LA home record at 55-26, and the 1980 club also won 55 games at Dodger Stadium but had one more loss thanks to a one-game playoff for the division, lost to the Astros.

With 162 home wins in the last three seasons, the Dodgers have the most home victories by any major league team in a three-year stretch since the Red Sox won 163 games at Fenway Park from 2007-09.

In the last 50 years, there are only eight three-year stretches by teams with 163 or more home wins (including a pair of overlapping teams):

  • 1969-71 Orioles (172-71)
  • 1976-78 Phillies (167-77)
  • 1968-70 Orioles (166-76)
  • 1973-75 Reds (164-79)
  • 2001-03 A’s (164-79)
  • 1974-76 Reds (163-80)
  • 1998-2000 Braves (163-80)
  • 2007-09 Red Sox (163-80)
  • 2015-17 Dodgers (162-78)

Pitching matchup

Yu Darvish gets the start on Monday night for the Dodgers, coming off consecutive starts without allowing an earned run. The only streaks longer on the team this season were by Alex Wood (four straight starts, May 8-26) and Clayton Kershaw (three straight starts, twice).

Among the 195 major league pitchers with at least 70 innings in 2017, Padres starter Travis Wood ranks 185th with his 6.55 ERA. Opposing batters this season are hitting .310/.382/.522 against the left-hander.

The Dodgers’ 30-15 record against southpaws is the best record in the majors against left-handed starters.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA