Ah, yes, home. It’s just so comfy. The Dodgers play in the biggest ballpark in the majors, but if it felt any cozier these days, they’d be serving milk and cookies in the dugout.
The Dodgers have the best record in the majors, in no small part due to the way they play in Chavez Ravine. Which is to say, they are currently kicking serious butt at Dodger Stadium.
They are a major-league best 14-3 at home. On the road, they’re just another team (8-8). At home, bullets bounce off their chests and they’re more powerful than a locomotive. Or at least the rest of the National League.
“I don’t know how to explain it,” said manager Don Mattingly. “We just play well at home.”
They win a few big, but mostly win the close ones. They are tied with the Washington Nationals with the most one-run games in baseball (16); both are 10-6, and the Dodgers are 7-2 in one-run games at home.
At home, they find ways to win.
“Sometimes it’s hard to explain those things,” said outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. “Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.
“We’ve tied with the Nationals for the most one-run games, and we’ve come out on the bright side of most of those. Whereas last year, we played in one-run games and came out on the other side. Sometimes it’s not really explainable. Sometimes it’s just luck. But I also think that comfort for us playing at home is a lot better than it was last year.”