Dodgers Week 4 in Review: Horrible Start, Great Finish

The Dodgers began the week continuing their road woes by getting swept in New York, but rebounded to take three of four at home against the Pirates.  On the season, the Dodgers have won all three series at home, and lost all five series on the road.  If there is such a thing as a promising 3-4 week, this was it, as the Dodgers bunched all three wins together at the end, closing out the week on a high note with their first three-game winning streak of the season.

Dodger Batter of the WeekAndre Ethier continued to feast at home, hitting all four of his home runs this week in the final three games against the Pirates.  Ethier hit .385/.448/.962 and drove in ten runs for the week.  Honorable mention goes to Xavier Paul, who had three extra-base hits in 15 plate appearances, and was second to Ethier with five runs scored.

Dodger Pitcher of the WeekHiroki Kuroda not only had the most starts on the week, but he also had the best start, allowing one run over eight innings on Sunday.  Kuroda had a pair of quality starts, and allowed a total of three runs in 14 innings during the week.

Week 4 Record:  3-4
28 runs scored (4.00 per game)
29 runs allowed (4.14 per game)
.484 pythagorean winning percentage

Season Record:  11-14
131 runs scored (5.24 per game)
133 runs allowed (5.32 per game)
.493 pythagorean winning percentage (12-13)

Home, Sweet Home:  Andre Ethier closed out his week with home runs in three straight home games, including his second multi-homer game of the season.  In his last 162 home games, Ethier is hitting .312/.391/.596 with 106 runs scored, 41 doubles, 39 home runs, and 121 runs batted in.

Home, Sweet Home, Part IIJames Loney, who came into this season hitting .269/.333/.376 in his career at Dodger Stadium, had four extra-base hits in four home games this week.  On the season, Loney is hitting .500/.525/.711 at home with six extra-base hits.  Last season, Loney's sixth extra-base hit at home didn't come until June 16.

A Pair of Firsts:  On Wednesday, John Ely made his major league debut, starting in place of the injured Vicente Padilla, and lost to the Mets.  Ely became the 159th Los Angeles Dodger pitcher to start a game.  The 160th was Carlos Monasterios, who allowed one run over four innings in his first career start on Saturday against the Pirates.

Transactions

  • Tuesday:  After the game on Tuesday, Jon Link was optioned to Triple A, to make room for...
  • Wednesday:  John Ely had his contract purchased from Triple A Albuquerque in time to make his major league debut, a start against the Mets.  Brad Ausmus was moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Ely on the 40-man roster.

Game Results:

Upcoming Week:  The Dodgers aren't going anywhere this week, remaining home to complete a 10-game homestand.  Monday is an off day -- their fourth straight Monday off, thanks to last week's rainout in New York -- followed by three-game sets with Milwaukee and Colorado.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
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Off
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vs Mil
7:10
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vs Mil
7:10
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vs Mil
7:10
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vs Col
7:10
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vs Col
7:10
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1:10

Previous Weeks in Review: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3

Week 4 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Ethier 29 26 7 10 3 0 4 10 3 0/0 .385/.448/.962 1.410
Loney 27 25 3 9 3 0 1 6 2 1/1 .360/.407/.600 1.007
DeWitt 19 18 1 7 3 0 0 3 1 0/0 .389/.421/.556 .977
Kemp 30 28 3 6 2 0 0 0 2 1/1 .214/.267/.286 .552
Furcal 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .250/.250/.250 .500
Martin 26 24 2 3 0 0 1 2 2 0/0 .125/.192/.250 .442
Blake 22 19 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0/0 .053/.136/.053 .189
Johnson 16 15 1 5 2 1 0 2 1 0/0 .333/.375/.600 .975
Paul 15 15 5 5 2 1 0 0 0 1/0 .333/.333/.600 .933
Carroll 26 19 3 6 0 0 0 0 7 0/0 .316/.500/.316 .816
Ellis 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .250/.250/.250 .500
Belliard 15 11 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 0/0 .000/.200/.000 .200
Anderson 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Pitchers 17 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 .083/.214/.083 .298
Totals 257 227 28 55 15 2 6 27 25 3/2 .242/.315/.405 .720

 

Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Kuroda 2 1-1 -- 14.0 10 3 3 4 7 1.93 1.000 3.56
Monasterios 1 0-0 -- 4.0 3 1 1 2 2 2.25 1.250 8.45
Kershaw 1 0-1 -- 6.1 3 2 2 4 7 2.84 1.105 2.41
Billingsley 1 1-0 -- 6.0 6 2 2 3 4 3.00 1.500 2.87
Ely 1 0-1 -- 6.0 6 5 5 3 4 7.50 1.500 3.37
Haeger 1 0-1 -- 4.0 5 5 5 4 1 11.25 2.250 5.70
Starters 7
3-4 -- 40.1 33 18 18 20 25 4.02 1.314 3.94
Broxton 2 0-0 -- 1.2 1 0 0 0 3 0.00 0.600 (0.40)
Monasterios 1 0-0 -- 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0.00 0.500 1.20
Ra.Ortiz 2 1-0 -- 4.0 2 0 0 0 5 0.00 0.500 0.70
Kuo 2 0-0 -- 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.000 2.20
Troncoso 4 0-0 -- 3.1 5 1 1 1 3 2.70 1.800 1.40
Belisario 3 0-0 -- 4.0 4 2 2 0 2 4.50 1.000 2.20
Sherrill 4 0-0 -- 2.1 5 3 2 2 1 7.71 3.000 4.91
Link 2 0-0 -- 0.1 4 5 2 2 1 54.00 18.000 15.20
Relievers 7
0-1 0 19.2 22 11 7 5 18 3.75 1.333 3.30
Totals 7
3-4 0 60.0 55 29 25 25 43 4.17 1.463 4.61

*FIP is estimated

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