Jet-lagged or left jagged, Dodgers fall in Atlanta

Corey Seager (Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

Corey Seager and the Dodgers were roasted on a split in Atlanta. (Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

By Jon Weisman

The offense scored a season-low one run. The defense made three errors in one game after making four in their previous 13. And Alex Wood’s search for consistency continued, as he followed a quality start with the alternative for the fifth time since September. It all amounted to a get-it-out-of-your-system, 8-1 loss at Atlanta for the Dodgers in their first East Coast game of 2016.

Three Dodger errors led to four unearned runs, an amount the Dodgers reached in a game exactly once in each of the past three seasons. Adam Liberatore and Yimi Garcia extended the bullpen’s scoreless streak to 16 innings before Louis Coleman, who was the last Dodger reliever to allow a run seven days ago, was charged with two (one earned) in the seventh inning tonight.

Wood ended up throwing 88 pitches in four innings, allowing six runs (three earned) and 12 baserunners while striking out one.


Is it me or do the Dodgers find most of their trouble when they get close to the Atlantic Ocean?

This was in Tuesday’s press notes:
MLB, Best Rec vs. Any Single Opposing Division – Since 2012
(min. 50 games)

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. NL East 82-50 (.621)
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. NL East 79-50 (.612)
St. Louis Cardinals vs. NL West 82-54 (.603)
New York Yankees vs. AL Central 84-56 (.600)
Washington Nationals vs. NL West 75-53 (.586)

Source: Stats, LLC

My back of the envelope suggests that they have thrived when they get close to the Gulf Stream. During that period they have an overall road winning percentage of .530, as compared to .625 in East Coast parks.

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