Dodgers have inexplicably lost their home field advantage
Once they were kings here. They ruled with a heavy hand. They dominated and were not shy about letting it be known.
Only now it’s all turned around. Now the Dodgers come to their home ballpark and almost cower at their own shadow.
The Dodgers were an impressive 27-15 at home through the All-Star break.
Since the break, they are 8-15 at Dodger Stadium. They have lost all three home stands and now have started 0-2 on their current seven-game stop.
There is no explaining it, no rational way to analyze such a dramatic turnaround.
“I cannot explain that, honestly,” said Manager Don Mattingly. “Guys always like being at home, playing at home. It’s been a little frustrating.
“Guys just usually play better at home. They’re more comfortable in their home stadium, they see the ball better here, you’re comfortable with everything you’re doing, your routine is pretty comfortable. I can’t explain it.... It doesn’t make sense.”
Not a lick. And now when the team needs to start rolling, needs to gear up for the stretch, to win games at home against the sub-.500 Diamondbacks and Padres, they continue to struggle.
Friday’s 4-3 loss in 11 innings felt like salt in the wound, the Dodgers unable to take advantage of the Giants losing earlier in the day.
“Each loss is a stinger,” Mattingly said.
Mounting losses at home, unexplainable.
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