Dodgers Week 9 In Review: A Walk-Off Party

The Dodgers got to celebrate in dramatic fashion like this four different times this week.

The Dodgers followed their season-long formula this week, by winning against their own division and holding their own against the rest.  They defeated Arizona three straight times in walk-off fashion, then split a four-game series with their NL East doppelganger, the Braves.  On the season, the Dodgers are 18-5 against the NL West, and 15-19 against everybody else.

Dodger Batter of the Week:  It was another poor week by the offense, with few standouts.  This award goes to Jamey Carroll, who made six starts at three different infield positions this week and hit .400/.423/.440.  Honorable mention goes to both Blake DeWitt (.357/.438/.429, four runs scored) and Matt Kemp (.300/.333/.500, one walk-off home run), the only other Dodger batters with an .800 OPS for the week.

Dodger Pitcher of the WeekThis was a close call, but I'm giving this one to Carlos Monasterios, who pitched five scoreless innings Wednesday in his best start yet.  He allowed just two hits to the D-Backs, in a game eventually won in 14 innings.  Honorable mention goes to Travis Schlichting, who picked up his first major league win on Wednesday with four scoreless innings, and Jonathan Broxton, who struck out seven in his four scoreless innings.

Week 9 Record:  5-2
23 runs scored (3.29 per game)
25 runs allowed (3.57 per game)
.462 pythagorean winning percentage

Season Record:  33-24
267 runs scored (4.68 per game)
263 runs allowed (4.61 per game)
.507 pythagorean winning percentage (29-28)

Dodgers Week By Week Standings
Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9
3 GB 2 GB 3 GB 5 GB 5 GB 2 GB 1 GB 2 GB ½ GB

 

Walk-Off Magic:  With Andre Ethier's return on Memorial Day, it wasn't surprising that the Dodgers got back to their walk-off ways at home.  What was surprising was that they had four walk-off wins this week, and none involved Ethier.  They defeated Arizona in three straight games in walk-off fashion, the first time the Dodgers had three straight walk-off wins since August 5-7, 1982 against Joe Torre's Braves.

The four walk-off wins were, in order:  Casey Blake inducing a walk-off balk (a balk-off?) Monday, a Matt Kemp laser shot into the pavilion Tuesday, a Garret Anderson RBI single Wednesday, and an A.J. Ellis RBI single Sunday.  After 12 walk-off wins last season, the Dodgers have six this season.  The Monday win was the first balk-off by the Dodgers since May 28, 1989 against Roger McDowell and the Mets.

One Run Gets It Done:  The Dodgers won 1-0 games both Tuesday and Wednesday against Arizona, the first time they have won back-to-back 1-0 games since July 28 and 29, 1984 against the Reds.

Pitchers at the Plate:  Dodger pitchers have struggled all season, but from Friday to Sunday, each Dodger starting pitcher got a base hit, including a double by Chad Billingsley, the first extra-base hit by a Dodger pitcher since Randy Wolf last August 21.  The last time the Dodgers got a base hit from their starting pitcher in three straight games was August 30 though September 1, 2008, when Billingsley, Derek Lowe, and Greg Maddux each got base hits.

A Long Time Coming:  Garret Anderson had a sacrifice bunt on Sunday, his first sacrifice since May 17, 2000, a span of 5,900 plate appearances.

Transactions

  • Monday:  Andre Ethier was activated from the disabled list on Memorial Day, and Xavier Paul was sent back to Triple A Albuquerque after his second stint in the big leagues this year.
  • Thursday:  Travis Schlichting pitched the final four innings of a bullpen-depleting 14-inning game on Wednesday, and as a result was the fall guy, getting sent back to Albuquerque as the club needed another bullpen arm.  Charlie Haeger was activated after 23 days on the disabled list.
  • Saturday:  Nick Green cleared waivers after being designated for assignment, and accepted a minor league assignment with Triple A Albuquerque

Game Results:

Upcoming Week:  The Dodgers finish up their 13-game homestand, first with St. Louis, followed by a Thursday off day, then interleague play begins anew as the Angels come to town.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
7
StL
7:10pm
8
StL
7:10pm
9
StL
7:10pm
10
Off
11
Ana
7:10pm
12
Ana
7:10pm
13
Ana
1:10pm

 

Previous Weeks in Review: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8

Week 9 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
DeWitt 17 14 4 5 1 0 0 1 2 0/1 .357/.438/.429 .866
Carroll 26 25 2 10 1 0 0 0 1 1/0 .400/.423/.440 .863
Kemp 33 30 5 9 1 1 1 3 2 2/0 .300/.333/.500 .833
Furcal 29 27 4 7 1 1 1 4 2 0/0 .259/.310/.481 .792
Manny 23 22 1 5 1 0 1 1 1 0/0 .227/.261/.409 .670
Loney 31 28 2 7 1 0 0 3 2 2/1 .250/.323/.286 .608
Ethier 32 28 2 5 3 0 0 2 2 1/0 .179/.219/.286 .504
Blake 12 12 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .250/.250/.250 .500
Martin 23 21 1 4 1 0 0 0 2 0/0 .190/.261/.238 .499

Belliard 12 10 0 2 1 0 0 2 2 0/0 .200/.333/.300 .250
Ellis 8 7 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .143/.143/.143 .167
Anderson 14 13 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .077/.077/.077 .091
Johnson 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000

Pitchers 14 13 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 0/0 .231/.231/.308 .538
Totals 275 251 23 62 12 2 3 19 16 6/2 .247/.292/.347 .638

 

Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Monasterios 1 0-0 -- 5.0 2 0 0 0 3 0.00 0.400 2.00
Ely 2 0-0 -- 12.0 11 4 4 4 7 3.00 1.250 5.20
Kershaw 1 0-0 -- 6.2 5 4 3 5 8 4.05 1.500 3.05
Billingsley 2 0-1 -- 14.0 13 7 7 2 16 4.50 1.071 4.13
Kuroda 1 0-1 -- 6.0 7 4 3 4 2 4.50 1.833 6.70
Starters 7
0-2 -- 43.2 38 19 17 15 36 3.50 1.214 4.37
Miller 3 0-0 -- 5.0 2 0 0 1 4 0.00 0.600 4.00
Broxton 4 1-0 1 4.0 3 0 0 0 7 0.00 0.750 (0.30)
Schlichting 1 1-0 -- 4.0 3 0 0 1 1 0.00 1.000 3.45
Kuo 3 1-0 -- 3.2 1 0 0 0 3 0.00 0.273 1.56
Weaver 3 1-0 -- 2.0 1 0 0 1 1 0.00 1.000 3.70
Belisario 5 1-0 -- 5.1 6 1 1 2 3 1.69 1.500 5.64
Heager 1 0-0 -- 2.0 3 2 2 2 3 9.00 2.500 3.20
Troncoso 2 0-0 -- 1.1 2 3 3 1 0 20.25 2.250 5.45
Relievers 7
5-0 1 27.1 21 6 6 8 22 1.98 1.061 3.27
Totals 7
5-2 1 71.0 59 25 23 23 58 2.92 1.155 3.95

*FIP is estimated

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