Dodgers Season In Thirds: A Look At The First 54 Games

Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw were the top two stars of the first third of 2011 for the Dodgers.

We are now through 54 games this season, exactly one third of the season. Here's a look at how this season has started, compared to the last two years:

Year W-L Runs For Runs Allowed BA/OBP/SLG ERA
2011   24-30 187 (3.46/gm) 226 (4.19/gm) .248/.312/.360 3.99
2010     31-23 254 (4.70/gm) 246 (4.56/gm) .264/.331/.403 3.98
2009 36-18     295 (5.46/gm)     208 (3.85/gm)     .285/.367/.414     3.75

The Dodgers are on pace to score 561 runs this season. The 2003 Dodgers, one of the worst offensive teams of all time, scored 574 runs, through the National League scored about a half run more per game eight years ago than today.

Here are the numbers for each individual player. All you have to do is multiply three to see their pace for a full season. We start with the catchers:

Catchers
Player G GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB/CS BB BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Barajas 42 40 154 143 11 32 4 0 7 15 0/0 5 .224/.261/.399 .660
Navarro 16 9 47 44 3 10 2 0 1 3 0/0 2 .227/.277/.341 .618
Ellis 6 4 19 15 1 4 0 0 0 2 0/1 4 .267/.421/.267 .688
Gimenez 4 1 7 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0 .143/.143/.143 .286
Totals 227 209 15 47 6 0 8 20 0/1 11 .225/.274/.368 .643

Here are the infielders. You may notice a lack of power.

Infielders
Player G GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB/CS BB BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Carroll 52 46 208 188 25 55 9 1 0 4 5/0 17 .293/.354/.351 .705
Loney 54 48 204 189 10 45 6 0 2 15 2/0 12 .238/.284/.302 .586
Uribe 41 38 157 141 11 31 7 0 3 20 0/0 11 .220/.293/.333 .626
Miles 44 33 147 142 12 39 3 1 0 9 1/0 2 .275/.290/.310 .600
Blake 17 17 79 66 16 20 2 1 2 8 1/0 9 .303/.410/.455 .865
Furcal 14 14 59 57 6 11 1 0 1 5 2/1 2 .193/.220/.263 .483
DeJesus 16 7 34 31 2 6 0 0 0 1 0/0 2 .194/.242/.194 .436
Mitchell 14 7 31 26 3 3 1 0 1 1 0/0 5 .115/.258/.269 .527
Castro 6 3 14 13 1 3 0 0 0 1 0/0 1 .231/.286/.231 .516
Totals 933 853 86 213 29 3 9 64 11/1 61 .250/.306/.322 .629

I was aware of James Loney's struggles this season, but I have to admit I was shocked when I noticed that he -- despite playing all 54 games, starting 48 of them -- has a whopping 10 runs scored and 15 RBI.

 

Ending the offense with the good news, here is the outfield:

Outfielders
Player G GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB/CS BB BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Kemp 54 54 226 198 32 62 11 0 12 35 13/3 25 .313/.394/.551 .944
Ethier 53 50 215 190 22 62 12 0 5 23 0/1 25 .326/.405/.468 .873
Sands 33 28 121 103 10 22 10 0 2 16 3/2 16 .214/.317/.369 .686
Gwynn 48 14 86 82 7 16 5 1 0 4 5/1 4 .195/.233/.280 .513
Gibbons 20 12 52 46 4 11 2 0 1 5 0/0 5 .239/.308/.348 .656
Thames 22 7 36 34 4 6 0 1 2 4 0/0 2 .176/.222/.412 .634
Paul 7 2 11 11 0 3 0 0 0 0 0/0 0 .273/.273/.273 .545
Hoffmann 2 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Totals 751 668 79 182 40 2 22 87 21/7 77 .272/.348/.437 .785

Matt Kemp is on pace for 33 36 home runs and 39 stolen bases.

Now, onto the pitching. Only the Phillies, with 37, have more quality starts than the Dodgers.

Starters
Pitcher GS QS W-L IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP
Kershaw 12 9 6-3 79.0 63 23 23 24 87 2.62 1.101 2.62
Kuroda 11 7 5-5 72.0 76 32 28 18 53 3.50 1.306 3.86
Billingsley 11 7 3-4 68.1 56 30 28 28 63 3.69 1.229 3.05
Lilly 11 5 3-4 63.1 70 31 31 12 41 4.41 1.295 4.43
Garland 8 6 1-4 48.0 50 23 23 19 26 4.31 1.438 4.54
Ely 1 0 0-1 5.2 6 4 4 3 5 6.35 1.588 7.37
Totals 54 34 18-21 336.1 321 143 137 104 275 3.67 1.264 3.67

Clayton Kershaw is on pace for 261 strikeouts, a total reached in Dodgers history by only Dazzy Vance and Sandy Koufax (four times).

Now, the revolving door that has been the Dodger bullpen.

Relievers
Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP
Guerrier 25 2-3 1 25.1 26 11 10 11 20 3.55 1.461 2.33
Jansen 20 1-1 1 21.0 20 15 15 14 35 6.43 1.619 3.63
MacDougal 23 0-1 1 18.2 15 4 3 10 14 1.45 1.339 3.76
Hawksworth 14 1-1 0 17.1 14 6 6 7 11 3.12 1.212 4.23
Cormier 9 0-1 0 13.2 22 17 15 5 7 9.88 1.976 6.84
Broxton 14 1-2 7 12.2 15 10 8 9 10 5.68 1.895 5.09
Padilla 9 0-0 3 8.2 7 4 4 5 9 4.15 1.385 2.61
Troncoso 6 0-0 0 8.2 16 6 6 2 2 6.23 2.077 4.69
Guerra 6 0-0 1 6.0 4 2 2 2 4 3.00 1.000 3.13
Kuo 9 0-0 0 4.2 5 7 6 6 8 11.57 2.357 4.03
Elbert 6 0-0 0 4.0 1 0 0 1 5 0.00 0.500 1.21
De La Rosa 2 1-0 0 3.0 2 1 1 1 3 3.00 1.000 1.96
Totals 54 6-9 14 143.2 147 83 76 73 128 4.76 1.531 3.82
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