The Dodgers have a unique opportunity given their current free fall combined with their ridiculously strong four-month stretch.
There are nine regular season home games left this season at Dodger Stadium, and the club is 52-20 at home. That’s still the best home record in baseball, even though the last six at Chavez Ravine have been Dodgers losses.
Since opening in 1962, the Dodgers’ best home record in a season was in 2015, when they finished 55-26 (.679). This year’s club needs four wins to eclipse that mark, which given the current state of play might seem like a tall task, even with 10 games left in the home whites.
But it’s possible, as is the longest home losing streak at Dodger Stadium.
That record is nine straight losses, from Aug. 13 to Sept. 5, 1987, a team that would lose 89 games for a second consecutive season, leading to a dramatic overhaul in the offseason that would bring the Dodgers a World Series win the next season, a postseason run the franchise has been chasing ever since.
In 2017, the Dodgers haven’t been doing much chasing. They have been the ones chased for quite some time, though after sprinting out to a big lead they appear to be in cool down mode at the moment, walking this lap while eating a sandwich and watching objects in their rear view mirror get larger and larger.
It is still possible for the Dodgers to set both club records, their longest losing streak at Dodger Stadium and their best home record since the stadium opened 55 years ago. In a weird season, that might be the most bizarre thing of all.
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