This season has been a bizarre one for the Dodgers, as the team is on pace to lose 90 games despite award-caliber performances by Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw. The team is top heavy, and this week was no different, with Kemp continuing to produce on offense while Kershaw had the best back-to-back starts of his career, yet the team clawed their way to merely a .500 record.
Dodger Batter of the Week: James Loney gets the call this week by nearly hitting .500. Loney hit .478/.520/.565 with four runs scored for the week. Loney narrowly beat Matt Kemp, who "cooled off" this week to the tune of .316/.435/.579, with four steals.
Marcus Thames wins the Juan Uribe Award for starting to get hot (well, all of 3-for-6) before getting injured.
Dodger Pitcher of the Week: Clayton Kershaw was simply the best this week, tossing a pair of complete games, striking out 11 in each game. Two starts, two wins, two runs, one walk, and 22 strikeouts will get it done every time. Kershaw is probably wondering why he didn't win the other award, too, as he was 2-for-6 with a walk, two RBI, and a run scored. As manager Don Mattingly said of Kershaw after Sunday's win over the Angels, "Can't ask more from a kid."
Kenley Jansen gets honorable mention for coming back with a vengeance, striking out six in 3 2/3 hitless innings, allowing only two walks.
Week 13 Record: 3-3
22 runs scored (3.83 per game)
24 runs allowed (4.00 per game)
.460 pythagorean winning percentage
Season Record: 35-44
297 runs scored (3.76 per game)
339 runs allowed (4.29 per game)
.440 pythagorean winning percentage (35-44)
52.5% Of The Way To 40/40: Kemp ran wild on the bases this week, stealing four bases without getting caught -- he hasn't been caught stealing since April 20, and has stolen 13 bases since then -- giving him 21 in the season. Kemp also hit one home run, also giving him 21 long balls. Kemp became the second Dodger ever, joining Davey Lopes in 1979, to reach 20 homers and 20 steals before the All-Star break, and became one of just eight players ever to reach 20-20 before 81 team games played.
None this week.
- Monday: Dodgers 4, Tigers 0
- Tuesday: Dodgers 6, Tigers 1
- Wednesday: Tigers 7, Dodgers 5
- Friday: Angels 8, Dodgers 3
- Saturday: Angels 6, Dodgers 1
- Sunday: Dodgers 3, Angels 2
Upcoming Week: After two weeks at home, the Dodgers take their suitcases out of the back of the closet to head back on the road. This week, they run the 2002 ALCS gauntlet with trips to Minnesota and Anaheim, though the latter is really just returning home in a sense.
|(R) Blackburn||(L) Duensing||(R) Baker||(R) Chatwood||(R) Weaver||(R) Santana|
Week 13 Stats
|De La Rosa||1||0-1||--||6.0||9||5||5||4||6||7.50||2.167||7.31|
*FIP is estimated