Dodgers April In Review: MLB As Proclaimers, .500, Miles

The Dodgers had an up and down April (which includes opening day on March 31) on the field, but ended up breaking even at .500. Breaking even was actually a feat, as the club lost 149 games to the disabled list. Starting infielders Casey Blake (infected left elbow) and Rafael Furcal (broken thumb) both missed time and are expected to be out for quite some time, and the depth chart was so tested in April that even Aaron Miles started 15 of 28 games.

Off the field, owner Frank McCourt took out a personal loan to cover expenses for the month, and then MLB decided to take over the day-to-day operations of the club. It's a weird time to be a Dodger fan, but hey, at least there are good seats available; the Dodgers had less than 30,000 tickets sold three times during the month, the first time in seven years the club saw a single-game attendance that low.

Dodger Batter of April: I am not a fan of splitting the award, but I have to give this to both Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. They both carried the offense, and both put up a .446 OBP; Ethier has the hitting streak (26 and counting), while Kemp supplied the power and two walk-off home runs.

Dodger Pitcher of April: Hiroki Kuroda led the staff in wins, ERA, and innings pitched, so he gets the nod over Clayton Kershaw. The starting staff started out slow, but over the final 13 games of the month put up a 2.77 ERA while averaging 6.74 innings per start.

April Record:  14-14
111 runs scored (3.96 per game)
129 runs allowed (4.61 per game)
.432 pythagorean winning percentage (12-16)

National League West Standings
Club W-L Pct GB RS RA
Rockies 17-8 .680 --- 119 96
Dodgers 14-14 .500 111 129
Giants 13-13 .500 97 98
Diamondbacks   11-15 .423 127 139
Padres 10-17 .370 8 77 96

Game of the Month: The Dodgers entered their game on April 17 having lost five straight contests. Chad Billingsley and Chris Carpenter were embroiled in a pitchers' duel, with neither pitcher giving up a run. Billingsley struck out 11 in his eight scoreless innings, putting up the highest game score (85) of the season by a Dodger. Things looked bleak when Jonathan Broxton gave up the first run of the game in the top of the ninth inning, but Matt Kemp sent the crowd home happy by depositing a pitch from Ryan Franklin onto the batter's eye in center field for a 2-1 Dodger win.

Welcome Aboard: The Dodgers had a pair of major league debuts in April. Second baseman Ivan DeJesus made his debut on April1 and while he was mostly forgotten on the end of the bench all month, he did manage to start five times. The Dodgers had different plans for Jerry Sands, who made his debut on April 18. Sands started 10 of the final 12 games of the month, nine in left field and one at first base.

Pinch Hitting:  For the month, Dodger pinch hitters had 10 hits in 40 at-bats, with a double, a triple, two home runs, and two walks, hitting .250/.302/.475.

Runners in Scoring Position:  In April, the Dodgers hit .233/.329/.321 with runners in scoring position in 286 plate appearances.

They had a runner on third base with less than two outs 57 times, and got the runner home 32 times, or 56.1% (the entire NL scored 458 of 878, 52.6%).

They had a runner on second base with nobody out 38 times, and the runner advanced 25 times, or 65.8%, tops in the league (the entire NL advanced the runner 311 of 577 times, 53.9%).

Upcoming Month:  The Dodgers had an even schedule in April with 14 home games and 14 road affairs, but get to play 16 of their 29 games in May at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers play just six of 29 games in May against National League West foes. They open interleague play with a three-game series in Chicago against the White Sox from May 20-22.

April Weeks in ReviewApril 4 | April 11 | April 17 | April 25

April Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Kemp 121 106 20 39 8 0 6 19 15 8/3 .368/.446/.613 1.059
Ethier 121 108 15 41 10 0 3 16 13 0/1 .380/.446/.556 1.002
Blake 66 53 15 17 2 1 2 6 9 1/0 .321/.446/.509 .956
Uribe 89 81 7 20 5 0 3 14 4 0/0 .247/.303/.420 .723
Carroll 106 95 10 28 4 1 0 3 8 3/0 .295/.356/.358 .714
Gwynn 55 53 6 14 4 1 0 3 2 4/1 .264/.291/.377 .668
Barajas 92 84 7 17 1 0 5 11 4 0/0 .202/.250/.393 .643
Miles 70 66 9 17 2 1 0 4 2 0/0 .258/.290/.318 .608
Sands 47 42 4 8 5 0 0 5 4 2/1 .190/.255/.310 .565
Loney 112 105 5 22 1 0 1 12 5 1/0 .210/.241/.248 .489
Furcal 28 26 4 5 1 0 0 2 2 1/1 .192/.250/.231 .481
Starters
907 819 102 228 43 4 20 95 68 20/7 .278/.339/.414 .753
Navarro 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .500/.500/.500 1.000
Mitchell 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 ----/1.000/---- 1.000
Thames 32 30 4 6 0 1 2 4 2 0/0 .200/.250/.467 .717
Ellis 19 15 1 4 0 0 0 2 4 0/1 .267/.421/.267 .688
Paul 11 11 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .273/.273/.273 .545
DeJesus 25 23 1 4 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 .174/.208/.174 .382
Gimenez 7 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .143/.143/.143 .286
Hoffmann 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Bench
101 92 7 19 0 1 2 6 8 0/1 .207/.270/.293 .563
Pitchers
65 55 2 6 0 0 0 1 5 0/1 .109/.183/.109 .292
Totals
1073 966 111 253 43 5 22 102 81 20/9 .262/.324/.385 .709

 

Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Kuroda 6 3-2 -- 40.2 41 16 14 7 30 3.10 1.180 3.91
Kershaw 6 2-3 -- 38.1 33 15 15 15 41 3.52 1.252 3.85
Garland 3 1-1 -- 20.0 17 8 8 3 10 3.60 1.000 5.25
Lilly 6 2-2 -- 32.1 40 16 16 7 21 4.45 1.454 3.54
Billingsley 6 2-1 -- 34.1 33 18 17 14 30 4.46 1.369 3.52
Ely 1 0-1 -- 5.2 6 4 4 3 5 6.35 1.588 7.61
Starters 28
10-10 -- 171.1 170 77 74 49 137 3.89 1.278 4.03
MacDougal 11 0-0 -- 9.0 5 2 1 5 6 1.00 1.111 4.98
Padilla 4 0-0 1/1 4.0 2 1 1 3 2 2.25 1.250 4.45
Hawksworth 10 1-1 -- 13.0 10 4 4 5 9 2.77 1.154 4.97
Kuo 4 0-0 -- 2.2 1 1 1 4 4 3.38 1.875 4.70
Guerrier 13 2-2 -- 15.1 15 8 7 6 11 4.11 1.370 2.55
Broxton 12 1-1 6/7 11.1 15 8 6 7 9 4.76 1.941 5.23
Jansen 11 0-0 -- 13.1 13 11 11 8 22 7.43 1.575 4.63
Cormier 5 0-0 -- 8.0 13 11 9 4 3 10.13 2.125 5.58
Troncoso 2 0-0 -- 2.2 12 6 6 0 0 20.25 4.500 8.08
Relievers 28
4-4 7/8 79.1 86
52 46 42 66 5.22 1.613 4.61
Totals 28
14-14 7/8 250.2 256 129 120 91 203 4.31 1.384 4.21
*FIP is estimated
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