Dodgers Week 14 In Review: Remember Monday? That Was Awesome

Aaron Miles has 31 hits in his last 65 at-bats.

The Dodgers had a great start to the week, scoring 15 runs in a shutout of Minnesota on Monday, their most lopsided shutout win in 42 years. However, the Dodgers couldn't match their Monday production in the next five games combined, so even with stellar pitching the Dodgers ended with a 2-4 week. The Dodgers end week 14 at 11 games under .500, their lowest point of the season.

Dodger Batter of the Week: Aaron Miles led the National League with a .419 batting average in June, and carried it over into July. Last week he hit .533/.588/.800. The criticism of Miles is that his entire production is batting average dependent, that he never walks or gets extra-base hits. However, this week he hit his first home run as a Dodger, added a double, walked twice, and stole two bases. Nice week, Mr. Miles.

Trent Oeltjen came in a close second, hitting .429/.474/.786, including a four-hit game in Minnesota on Monday, when the Dodgers scored most of their runs for the week.

Dodger Pitcher of the Week: Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven scoreless innings on Friday, taking home the award. In reality, the pitching staff as a whole was excellent this week. Outside of Ted Lilly's start in Minnesota and Clayton Kershaw's bloop fest in Anaheim (which also featured one walk and 10 strikeouts), pretty much the rest of the staff could have laid claim to the award. The bullpen didn't allow a run all week.

Chad Billingsley was headed for this award, since he was the only starter to pitch twice during the week, until Russell Branyan dropped a deuce in the punch bowl in the seventh inning Sunday night. Still, a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings for the week? Sign me up.

Week 14 Record:  2-4
26 runs scored (4.33 per game)
17 runs allowed (2.83 per game)
.685 pythagorean winning percentage

Season Record:  37-48
323 runs scored (3.80 per game)
356 runs allowed (4.19 per game)
.456 pythagorean winning percentage (39-46)

See You In Phoenix: Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw were both selected to the National League All-Star team, as the rosters were announced Sunday. Kemp was voted in as a starter, the second straight season the Dodgers will have a starting outfielder. Last year's OF starter, Andre Ethier, still has a chance to make the team, as he is one of five Final Vote candidates.

A Senior Moment: Friday night in Anaheim, Tony Gwynn Jr. had quite a night in the leadoff position. He hit a double, had two singles, and three walks, all in a nine-inning game. Reaching base six times in a nine-inning is something Tony Gwynn Sr. never did (though Gwynn The Elder did reach base six times in two extra-inning games in his career).

Transactions:

  • Sunday: The Dodgers activated Rafael Furcal from the disabled list, and to make room on the active roster they placed Casey Blake on the 15-day disabled list with a cervical strain.

Game Results:

Upcoming Week: The Dodgers head into the All-Star break with seven home games, battling two clubs who have never pitched a no-hitter, the Mets and Padres.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
4
vs NYM
6:10pm
5
vs NYM
7:10pm
6
vs NYM
7:10pm
7
vs NYM
7:10pm
8
vs SD
7:10pm
9
vs SD
1:10pm
10
vs SD
1:10pm
(L) Capuano (R) Pelfrey (L) Niese (R) Gee (R) Latos (L) Richard (R) Stauffer

 

Previous Weeks In Review: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13

Week 14 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Miles 17 15 2 8 1 0 1 2 2 2/0 .533/.588/.800 1.388
Oeltjen 19 14 3 6 0 1 1 3 3 0/0 .429/.474/.786 1.259
Blake 24 17 1 5 0 0 1 2 6 0/0 .294/.478/.471 .949
Ethier 26 24 3 9 3 0 0 4 0 0/0 .375/.385/.500 .885
Gwynn 29 23 5 7 1 0 0 2 5 4/0 .304/.429/.348 .776
Kemp 26 23 2 6 2 0 1 4 1 1/0 .261/.269/.478 .747
Loney 24 24 2 7 3 0 0 1 0 0/0 .292/.292/.417 .708
Gordon 17 17 2 4 1 0 0 2 0 3/1 .235/.235/.294 .529
Ellis 17 14 3 3 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 .214/.313/.214 .527
Furcal 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/0 .250/.250/.250 .500

Uribe 15 14 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .214/.267/.214 .481
Carroll 8 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 .143/.250/.143 .393
Navarro 11 10 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .200/.182/.200 .382
Thames 6 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .167/.167/.167 .333

Totals 243 212 26 63 11 1 4 23 19 11/1 .297/.354/.415 .769

 

Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Kuroda 1 1-0 -- 7.0 3 0 0 1 4 0.00 0.571 3.14
De La Rosa 1 0-1 -- 7.0 6 1 1 2 4 1.29 1.143 2.29
Billingsley 2 1-1 -- 14.0 7 3 3 4 10 1.93 0.786 3.57
Kershaw 1 0-1 -- 6.0 9 7 6 1 10 9.00 1.667 2.33
Lilly 1 0-1 -- 4.2 9 6 6 0 0 11.57 1.929 6.43
Starters 6
2-4 -- 38.2 34
17 16 8 28 3.72 1.086 3.41
Jansen 2 0-0 -- 2.1 0 0 0 1 2 0.00 0.429 2.57
Hawksworth 2 0-0 -- 2.0 0 0 0 1 5 0.00 0.500 (0.50)
MacDougal 2 0-0 -- 2.0 3 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.500 3.00
Kuo 2 0-0 -- 2.0 1 0 0 1 3 0.00 1.000 1.50
Guerra 1 0-0 -- 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0.00 1.000 1.00
Elbert 2 0-0 -- 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0.00 1.000 2.00
Guerrier 1 0-0 -- 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.000 3.00
Relievers 6
0-0
-- 11.1 5 0 0 4 13
0.00
0.794 1.76
Totals 6
2-4 -- 50.0 39 17 16 12 41 2.88 1.020 3.04

*FIP is estimated

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