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A win today would tie three other Dodger teams for second worst first 40-game record

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

One thing the 2018 Dodgers should start doing is look forward. Because looking back doesn’t paint a pretty picture.

The Dodgers enter today with a record of 16-23. A win today would tie this year’s Dodger team with three other Los Angeles Dodger teams who are currently tied for the second worst record at 17-23 record after the first 40 games of the season.

A loss would give this year’s team sole position of the second worst record at 16-24, just above the all-time worst start (after 40 games), 15-25 by the very first Los Angeles Dodger team in 1958.

Under .500 Record in First 40 games

Year W L W-L%
Year W L W-L%
1960 19 21 .475
1968 19 21 .475
1971 19 21 .475
1979 19 21 .475
1982 19 21 .475
1985 19 21 .475
1987 19 21 .475
1996 19 21 .475
1998 19 21 .475
2011 19 21 .475
1964 18 22 .450
1993 18 22 .450
1967 17 23 .425
1992 17 23 .425
2013 17 23 .425
2018 16 23 .410
1958 15 25 .375

Of the 16 prior teams with under .500 records, only the 1985 and 2013 teams won the NL West. The 1982 Los Angeles Dodger team finished 88-74 and lost the division on the last day of the season.

Neither team has much experience against today’s starting pitcher

The Dodgers have never faced Luis Castilllo, the Reds right-handed starting pitcher, who is making his 24th career start today. Left-handed pitcher Rich Hill will be making his 124th career start today. Hill has limited experience against the players he is facing today.

Six Reds have two or more plate appearances against Hill. Hill has given up hits to only Jose Peraza, who is 2-for-2 against Hill in his career. The five other Reds are are combined 0-for-13 against Hill.

Sundays at home have been good

The Dodgers have won their three prior home Sunday games this season. They defeated the San Francisco Giants on April 1st, the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 15th and the Washington Nationals on April 22nd.

Small sample size but trying to end with a optimistic note.

Game info

Time: 1:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA