Dodgers August In Review: Running In Place

The Dodgers just kind of plodded along in August, continuing their ordinary season with an ordinary 14-15 month. They were 8-7 at home for the month, and 6-8 on the road.

Oh yeah, they also got rid of Manny Ramirez, and the McCourt divorce trial began. August sucked.

Dodger Batter of AugustRod Barajas did his best to claim this award with his six games as a Dodger -- he tied for the sixth most extra-base hits on the club during the month -- but since he wasn't here too long, this award goes to Andre Ethier, who rebounded with a nice month, hitting .305/.368/.505. Casey Blake gets an honorable mention for his .812 OPS.

Matt Kemp gets dishonorable mention for his third straight sub-.300 OBP month, and James Loney, even with a home run on the final day of the month, hit a paltry .217/.291/.321 for the month.

Dodger Pitcher of August:   Hiroki Kuroda may not have had the wins to show for it, but he led the starters in ERA, WHIP, and FIP in August, so he gets the award. The starters were very good in August, and honorable mention goes to Ted Lilly, Chad Billingsley, and Clayton Kershaw.

August Record:  14-15
119 runs scored (4.10 per game)
118 runs allowed (4.07 per game)
.504 pythagorean winning percentage (15-14)

August NL West Standings
Club W-L Pct GB RS RA
Rockies 15-12 .556
---
108 112
Padres 16-13 .552
---
131 109
Diamondbacks 16-13 .552
---
148 126
Dodgers 14-15 .483
2
119 118
Giants  
13-15 .464

124 138

Season Record:  68-65
578 runs scored (4.35 per game)
570 runs allowed (4.29 per game)
.506 pythagorean winning percentage (67-66)

Season NL West Standings
Club W-L Pct GB RS RA
Padres 76-55 .580
---
574 462
Giants  
73-60 .549
4.0
591 523
Rockies 69-62 .527
7.0
609 570
Dodgers 68-65 .511
9.0
578
570
Diamondbacks 54-79 .406
23.0
613 716

Games of the Month:  This is a tie, featuring a pair of near no-hitters. On August 4 against the Padres, Vicente Padilla gave up his first hit after 6 1/3 innings, and completed a two-hit shutout in a 9-0 victory. Then on August 30, Hiroki Kuroda took a no-hitter for 7 1/3 innings, and the Dodgers beat Roy Halladay and the Phillies, 3-0.

Pinch Hitting:  For the month, Dodger pinch hitters had 13 hits in 41 at-bats, with a double and four walks, hitting .317/.378/.341.

Runners in Scoring Position:  In August, the Dodgers hit .257/.361/.359 with runners in scoring position in 293 plate appearances. 

They had a runner on third base with less than two outs 61 times, and got the runner home 22 times, or 36.1% (the entire NL scored 487 of 935, 52.1%).

They had a runner on second base with nobody out 63 times, and the runner advanced 23 times, or 36.5% (the entire NL advanced the runner 422 of 1,004 times, 42.0%).

Upcoming Month:  The Dodgers play out the string, mostly within the division. Aside from the finale with the Phillies on the first day of the month and a four-game series in Houston, the Dodgers play all their remaining games -- 24 of 29 -- against the NL West.

Previous Months in Review:  April | May | June | July

August Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Barajas
23
20
4
8
2
0
3
6
2
0/0 .400/.478/.950
1.428
Martin
11
9
1
3
1
0
0
2
2
0/0 .333/.455/.444
.899
Ethier
117
105
14
32
9
0
4
12
10
1/0
.305/.368/.505
.872
Blake
104
92
14
26
7
0
3
16
10
0/0 .283/.356/.457
.812
Carroll
105
90
11
29
5
0
0
8
14
5/4
.322/.419/.378
.797
Theriot
126
110
18
34
5
0
1
8
11
2/3
.309/.374/.382
.756
Kemp
114
101
9
23
2
0
5
17
10
3/2
.228/.298/.396
.694
Podsednik
120
112
14
34
4
0
0
5
8
4/3
.304/.350/.339
.689
Loney
117
106
12
23
8
0
1
13
11
0/0 .217/.291/.321
.611
Ausmus
49
43
4
9
0
0
0
1
5
0/0 .209/.306/.209
.515
Furcal
8
7
0
1
0
0
0
1
1
0/0 .143/.250/.143
.393
Starters
894 795 101 222 43 0 17 89 84 15/12 .279/.351/.397 .749
Gibbons
28
25
4
9
0
0
2
6
3
0/0 .360/.429/.600
1.029
Johnson
18
18
2
7
1
0
1
5
0
0/0 .389/.389/.611
1.000
Manny
12
10
1
2
2
0
0
1
2
0/0 .200/.333/.400
.733
Belliard
33
30
7
8
3
0
0
5
1
1/0
.267/.303/.267
.670
Ellis
24
23
1
5
1
0
0
2
0
0/0 .217/.217/.261
.478
Castro
4
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0/0 .000/.250/.000
.250
Paul
4
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Anderson
3
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0/0
.000/.000/.000
.000
Bench
126 116 15 31 7 0 3 19 7 1/0 .267/.312/.405 .717
Pitchers
68 58 3 5 0 0 0 1 2 0/0 .086/.117/.086 .203
Totals
1088 969 119 258 50 0 20 109 93 16/12 .266/.334/.380 .713

 

Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Kuroda
6
2-2
--
39.2
28
14
13
7
32
2.95
0.882
3.02
Kershaw
6
1-3
--
39.2
34
14
14
18
42
3.18
1.311
3.45
Lilly
6
5-1
--
38.1
28
14
14
6
36
3.29
0.887
3.90
Billingsley
5
1-3
--
30.2
29
12
12
13
22
3.52
1.370
3.36
Padilla
3
2-1
--
18.1
16
12
12
6
13
5.89
1.200
4.02
Monasterios
3
0-2
--
10.2
15
9
7
3
10
5.91
1.688
5.45
Starters 29
11-12 -- 177.1 150 75 72 53 155 3.65 1.245 3.62
Jansen
10
0-0
--
10.2
6
1
1
9
15
0.84
1.406
2.64
Troncoso
3
0-0
--
5.1
4
1
1
3
3
1.69
1.313
5.08
Kuo
12
0-1
4
12.1
7
3
3
4
11
2.19
0.892
2.39
Dotel
13
0-1
1/2
12.0
5
5
5
9
13
3.75
1.167
3.87
Broxton
11
2-1
2/3
11.2
11
7
6
6
11
4.63
1.457
2.86
Sherrill
12
0-0
--
7.2
5
4
4
4
5
4.70
1.174
3.07
Monasterios
3
0-0
--
5.1
7
3
3
2
4
5.06
1.688
5.26
Weaver
4
0-0
--
4.2
5
5
5
3
3
9.64
1.714
6.63
Belisario
10
1-0
--
7.2
13
12
12
3
7
14.09
2.087
8.42
Schlichting
1
0-0
--
0.2
1
2
2
1
1
27.00
3.000
4.70
Relievers 29
3-3 7/9 78.0 64
43 42 44 73 4.85 1.385 4.03
Totals 29
14-15 7/9 255.1 214 118 114 97 228 4.02 1.218 3.74
*FIP is estimated
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