The Dodgers have now lost 10 straight games, the longest streak in MLB in 2017. Here are some relevant facts and records about the club’s recent, elongated skid.
They have lost 15 of their last 16 games
Before the Dodgers’ 10-game losing streak, they had a five-game losing streak, with one win in between. Before that, the Dodgers hasn’t lost more than three straight games all season. They are the only team in baseball in 2017 to drop 15 out of 16 games.
If the Dodgers, who lead the National League West by nine games with 19 left to play, are somehow able to turn things around and win the World Series, they would own the longest losing streak by a world champion. Here are the longest skids by a World Series winner:
Everything has gone wrong
During the 10-game skid, the Dodgers have led after just nine of 91 innings, and have never led any of those games after the sixth inning.
The offense has scored just 24 runs in 10 games, hitting .197/.255/.340 during the streak entering Sunday. The pitching hasn’t been any better, with a 6.42 ERA.
“It’s getting to the point now where everybody has to look in the mirror,” Alex Wood said. “It’s time to turn it around.”
Franchise record skid
With 10 straight losses, the Dodgers have tied their franchise futility mark since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1958. Two other times the club has lost 10 straight, doing so in 1961 and 1987.
Dating back to when the team was in Brooklyn, the franchise record is 16 straight losses, set in 1944 during World War II.
Ten & ten
What makes the 10-game skid so bizarre is that the Dodgers also had streaks of 11 straight and 10 straight wins earlier this season. They are the first team since the 1991 New York Mets to both win and lose 10 straight games in the same season.
Dodger Stadium record
The Dodgers moved into Dodger Stadium in 1962, making it the third-oldest ballpark in baseball. With their loss on Sunday, the Dodgers have lost nine straight home games, tying that 1987 squad for the longest home losing streak in this ballpark.
Even with those nine straight losses in Los Angeles, the Dodgers are 52-23 at home, and if they win at least three of their final six home games they will also own the mark for most home wins in a season at Dodger Stadium.
Zero for the homestand
Again, Dodger Stadium has been open for 56 seasons. The Dodgers this week lost three games to the Arizona Diamondbacks before the four-game weekend sweep by the Rockies. At 0-7, this was the first winless homestand of at least six games for the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Ever.
Despite two weeks of futility, the Dodgers somehow, some way still own the best record in baseball at 92-51. Their once prodigious lead over the field is shrinking of course, with the Washington Nationals (88-55) now within four games after clinching the National League East on Sunday.
But this truly has been a bizarre season for the Dodgers, who won 90 games a week before September even started. They are the only team in MLB history to both win 15 out of 16 and lose 15 out of 16 in the same season.
The Dodgers had a 52-9 stretch earlier this season, the type of thing that led to this Sports Illustrated cover:
“In the first couple weeks when I joined the team, the team was playing really good baseball,” said Yu Darvish. “I was like, ‘Wow, everything we do is working.’ Right now we’re on the opposite side.”