By Jon Weisman
Behind Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers take the field today trying to stave off the longest winless homestand in franchise history.
According to Stats LLC, via the Dodgers’ public relations department, the Dodgers have had six winless homestands at Dodger Stadium, but none longer than three games. In Brooklyn, the longest winless homestand was four games in 1893.
Overall, the Dodgers’ six-game losing streak is their longest since an eight-gamer from May 1-10, 2013. That was the year the team came back with a 42-8 run to win the National League West and reach the National League Championship Series.
The last time the Dodgers had a seven-game losing streak at home of any kind was August 7-13, 1993.
One more note from Dodgers PR: “The Dodgers are off to their worst 12-game start at home since 1995 (3-9). The 1995 club lost its 13th home game to fall to 3-10, but rebounded to finish the season with a 39-33 record at Dodger Stadium.”
Yasiel Puig is making his 46th career start batting leadoff and first of 2016. Puig had a 1.026 OPS in 28 games at leadoff in 2013, but has been at .652 and .626 in 18 starts over the past two seasons batting first.