Dodgers Week 26 In Review: Sweet, Sweet Victory

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"Good things come to those who wait. The wait is over!"
-Charley Steiner, after the final division-clinching out Saturday night on KABC

The Dodgers struggled for most of the week, especially the offense, but as they have all year, they found a way to get the job done in the end.  They ended last week with a chance to clinch the division, but didn't finish the job until late this week, in game 161.  However, a pair of wins over the final weekend was more than enough to lock the Dodgers in as the top seed in the National League playoffs.

All those wins banked earlier in the season proved to be enough savings for a rainy week, helping the club withstand their worst stretch of the year.  But remember, how you finish the season doesn't really matter in the playoffs, as the odometer for every team gets reset beginning Wednesday.

Dodger Batter of the Week:  This award should really be vacant for the week, but we'll give it to Rafael Furcal for being the least horrible offensive player.  Furcal actually wasn't bad, hitting .357/.471/.357 for the week, but it really was a putrid week for the offense.

Dodger Pitcher of the WeekClayton Kershaw came up huge in the division clincher on Saturday, striking out the first five Rockies on his way to a 10-strikeout performance over six shutout innings.  He didn't get the win in that game, but he can take solace in winning the TBLA pitcher of the week!

Week 26 Record:  2-4
15 runs scored (2.50 per game)
26 runs allowed (4.33 per game)
.268 pythagorean winning percentage

Overall Seasonal Record:  95-67 (.586)
780 runs scored (4.81 per game)
611 runs allowed (3.77 per game)
.610 pythagorean winning percentage (99-63)

A Pair of FirstsA.J. Ellis got a chance to start at catcher on the final day of the season, and was hitless in nine career at-bats entering the game.  He delivered a single in the first inning, for his first major league hit and first run batted in.  For a 28-year old backup catcher, nothing is certain in his major league future, so it was great for Ellis to end his season on a high note.  No matter what happens from this point forward, he has a hit in the major leagues.

Here is a breakdown of all the weekly awards won over this season's 26 weeks:

Batting: Kemp 5, Ethier 5, Blake 3, Manny 2, Hudson 2, Martin 2, Loney 2, Furcal 2, Belliard 2, Pierre 1

Pitching:  Kershaw 8, Wolf 4, Broxton 2, Garland 2, Billingsley 1, Kuroda 1, Belisario 1, Haeger 1, McDonald 1, Milton 1, Padilla 1, Stults 1, Troncoso 1, Weaver 1

Transactions:  There were no transactions this week.  Division series rosters are due by 10am Wednesday.

Game By Game Results:

Upcoming Week:  The playoffs!  The Dodgers open the NLDS at home on Wednesday against the Cardinals.  Game time is 6:37pm Pacific time.  

Week 26 Stats

Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS BABIP
Furcal 14 1 5 0 0 0 0 3 2/0 .357/.471/.357 .828 .385
Hudson 17 3 3 1 2 0 0 4 0/0 .176/.333/.471 .804 .273
Martin 10 2 1 0 0 1 1 4 1/0 .100/.357/.400 .757 .000
Ethier 13 2 2 1 0 0 2 5 0/0 .154/.389/.231 .620 .200
Blake 10 2 3 0 0 0 2 0 0/0 .300/.300/.300 .600 .750
Manny 14 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0/0 .071/.235/.071 .307 .200
Kemp 18 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 .111/.190/.111 .302 .125
Loney 19 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .105/.105/.105 .211 .154
Belliard 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 1.000/1.000/1.000 2.000 1.000
Mientkiewicz 5 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .600/.600/.600 1.200 .750
Hu 4 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 0/0 .500/.400/.750 1.150 .500
DeWitt 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 .333/.500/.333 .833 .500
Loretta 7 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0/1 .286/.286/.429 .714 .333
Pierre 15 1 4 0 1 0 1 0 3/0 .267/.267/.400 .667 .286
Thome 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .250/.250/.250 .500 .500
Ellis 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .200/.200/.200 .400 .250
Castro 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .125/.125/.125 .250 .143
Ausmus 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000 .000
Repko 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/0 .000/.000/.000 .000 .000
Pitchers 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .143/.143/.143 .286 .333
Totals 179 15 36 4 3 1 14 21 7/1 .201/.286/.274 .559 .271

 

Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP
Kershaw 1 0-0 -- 6.0 3 0 0 3 10 0.00 1.000
Padilla 2 1-0 -- 7.0 4 1 1 1 12 1.29 0.714
Billingsley 1 0-1 -- 6.0 2 2 2 5 5 3.00 1.167
Wolf 1 0-1 -- 5.0 5 2 2 4 2 3.60 1.800
Kuroda 1 0-1 -- 4.0 8 7 3 2 3 6.75 2.500
Garland 1 0-1 -- 3.1 7 5 4 1 4 10.80 2.400
Broxton 2 0-0 -- 2.0 0 0 0 1 3 0.00 0.500
Sherrill 2 0-0 -- 2.0 0 0 0 0 3 0.00 0.000
Weaver 1 0-0 -- 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 0.00 2.000
Haeger 1 0-0 -- 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0.00 1.500
Kuo 2 1-0 -- 2.0 1 1 1 1 0 4.50 1.000
Troncoso 2 0-0 1 2.0 3 1 1 2 2 4.50 2.500
Elbert 4 0-0 -- 2.0 2 1 1 2 3 4.50 2.000
McDonald 2 0-0 -- 3.0 3 2 2 1 4 6.00 1.333
Mota 3 0-0 -- 3.0 4 2 2 1 4 6.00 1.667
Belisario 3 0-0 -- 2.0 3 2 2 0 3 9.00 1.500
Totals 6
2-4 1 51.0 47
26
21
25
61 3.71 1.412
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