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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
End of the road for Dodgers' streak

By ESPN Stats & Information

AP Photo/Jeff RobersonThe Dodgers owned the National League's longest road win streak since 1957.
One month to the day after their last road loss in San Francisco, the Los Angeles Dodgers finally lost a road game again.

The St. Louis Cardinals snapped the Dodgers’ franchise-record 15-game road win streak Tuesday with a 5-1 win. It was the longest single-season road win streak by any NL team since the 1957 Reds (also 15 straight), and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, only three teams in major league history had a longer streak of consecutive road wins in a season: the 1984 Detroit Tigers (17 in a row), 1916 New York Giants (17) and 1912 Washington Senators (16).

Inside the streak
The Dodgers had a penchant for comebacks during the streak. Seven times they came back to win; they were only 5-21 when trailing on the road before the streak began. They also trailed going into the ninth inning on two occasions and won both games in extra innings.

The bullpen, led by closer Kenley Jansen, played a key role during the streak. It had a 1.36 ERA during the 15-game stretch, second lowest in baseball over that span and well below their 4.43 bullpen ERA before the streak. They also converted all six save opportunities after blowing 10 saves in 19 chances before the streak started.

Cardinals have Kershaw’s number
Clayton Kershaw has pitched so well this season that when he allows two runs in six innings, it feels like a disappointment. Tuesday was only the fifth time in 24 starts this season Kershaw didn’t pitch into the seventh inning.

He’s lost his last three starts versus the Cardinals and the Dodgers are 5-7 (.417) in Kershaw’s 12 career starts against St. Louis; they have a .601 winning percentage in his 163 starts versus all other teams. Kershaw has a 4.15 ERA against the Cardinals this season and a 1.73 ERA against all other teams.

One reason the Cardinals have been able to have success versus Kershaw is they’ve simply made more contact than other teams. They’ve missed on only 17.2 percent of their swings, Kershaw’s lowest of any opponent this season. The Cardinals, as a team, have a miss percentage of 19.6 percent this season, second lowest in the NL behind the Giants (19.3 percent).

Did you know?
The Dodgers are one of nine teams since the World Series began in 1903 to win at least 15 straight road games in a single season. But that hasn’t always meant sustained success.

Only two of the previous eight teams went on to win the World Series and five didn’t even make the Fall Classic. The two teams to win the title? The 1953 Yankees and 1984 Tigers.