5 stats to know: Dodgers at Cardinals
August, 5, 2013
By Katie Sharp, ESPN Stats & Info | ESPN.com
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Zack Greinke looks to help the Dodgers extend their franchise-record 14-game road win streak.
Here are five stats to know heading into Monday Night Baseball.
1. The Dodgers have won 14 straight road games, the longest road win streak in franchise history and the longest single-season road win streak by an NL team since the 1957 Reds won 15 in a row.
The MLB record is 17, set by the 1916 Giants and 1984 Tigers.
2. What makes the Dodgers' 14-game road win streak even more impressive is the fact that they were eight games under .500 on the road prior to the streak.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s just the second time in MLB history a team has won 14 straight road games after being at least five games under .500 on the roar prior to the streak. The 1912 Washington Senators were the first to do so.
Quick notes on the streak:
" The Dodgers have trailed six times during the win streak. Their biggest deficit was on July 23 in Toronto when they trailed the Blue Jays 8-3 with just nine outs left before rallying for seven runs.
" They were 4½ games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks after losing to the San Francisco Giants on July 6. Los Angeles enters this game with a 5½ game lead in the NL West.
3. Zack Greinke was supposed to start Sunday but Stephen Fife was called up to pitch that game so Greinke could be given an extra day of rest.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that he “wanted to keep his starting pitchers fresh and rested.”
Greinke has been a much different pitcher on the road than at home. He is 3-2 with a 4.57 ERA in eight road starts compared to 5-1 with a 2.56 ERA in nine home starts this season.
The Dodgers have won seven of Greinke’s last eight starts (he is 5-1 with a 2.73 ERA during that stretch). In his last seven starts against the Cardinals, Greinke is 6-1 with a 1.88 ERA.
4. The Cardinals are on the last leg of a 15-game stretch against the four other NL playoff teams (if the season ended today) – Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and Dodgers.
St. Louis started this stretch 0-7 but has won three of its last four games, scoring 44 runs over that span.
5. Adam Wainwright has one of the nastiest curveballs, which he throws 27 percent of the time in all counts and 44 percent of the time with two strikes.
Only A.J. Burnett has more strikeouts with a curveball this season than Wainwright’s 77.
In his career, Wainwright is 4-3 with a 3.02 ERA against the Dodgers. However, he’s 3-1 with a 1.19 ERA against the Dodgers at home.