Dodgers Week 11 review: Yasiel Puig, another brawl, more blown saves

Stephen Dunn

The Dodgers played a pair of series this week, and lost them both, and have twice reached their season low of 10 games under .500.

The Dodgers got another stellar week from Yasiel Puig but let it go to waste as they lost a pair of series to the Diamondbacks and Pirates. Puig hit .500 and made three of his five starts at cleanup, but managed to drive in zero runs. Clayton Kerhsaw, the Puig of pitchers, allowed two runs in 14 innings in his two starts, and won zero games. Thus is the state of the 2013 Dodgers.

The Dodgers had a volatile week. Brandon League blew another save and lost his closer position, then the Dodgers got into their second major brawl of the season on Tuesday against Arizona. Kenley Jansen even blew a save on Saturday, in a game the Dodgers eventually won, thanks to a home run allowed, the only one of 13 batters faced this week he allowed to reach base.

One of the fun things about Puig, who has eight multi-hit games in 13 major league contests, is that he has hit at least .400 in every one of his four series so far. Against the Padres he hit .417/.417/1.000 (5-for-12), then hit 500/.579/.938 (8-for-16) against Atlanta, then hit .571/.625/.571 (4-for-7) against Arizona, followed by .462/.462/.462 (6-for-13) against Pittsburgh.

Dodger Batter of the Week: While Puig has continued to be awesome, Andre Ethier gets the call for finally producing, and with power. Ethier hit .417 with a double, a home run and five RBI.

Juan Uribe gets honorable mention for hitting .294/.368/.588 with two doubles and a home run.

Dodger Pitcher of the Week: Clayton Kershaw had two typical Kershaw starts, allowing one run in seven innings twice during the week. But thanks to two blown saves, one by Brandon League and one by Kenley Jansen, Kershaw had no wins.

Week 11 Record: 2-4
23 runs scored (3.83 per game)
28 runs allowed (4.67 per game)
.411 pythagorean winning percentage

Season Record: 29-39
240 runs scored (3.53 per game)
289 runs allowed (4.25 per game)
.416 pythagorean winning percentage (28-40)

Ending on a high note: On Friday the Dodgers designated catcher Ramon Hernandez for assignment, effectively ending his Dodgers career. But on Wednesday in what he didn't know was his last game with Los Angeles Hernandez not only homered in his final plate appearance but also stole a base. Hernandez is one of just 14 Dodgers catchers since 1916 to have a home run and a stolen base in the same game. Hernandez has nine career stolen bases, and never more than one in any season. Johnny Edwards has the most seasons with exactly one stolen base with 11, but Hernandez is tied for second most at nine with Greg Maddux and Boog Powell.

Good eye: Clayton Kershaw on Saturday drew a pair of bases on balls in Pittsburgh, including one from fellow Dodgers 2006 first round pick Bryan Morris. Kershaw became the first Dodgers pitcher to walk twice in the same game since Eric Stults on Apr. 24, 2009.

Extra-base machine: Hyun-jin Ryu on Wednesday against Arizona tripled in the fifth inning, the first Dodgers pitcher to hit a triple since Jeff Weaver on Sept. 5, 2004. Ryu, who hadn't swung a bat since high school eight years ago before 2013 spring training, is hitting .259/.286/.407 this season with three extra-base hits.

Transactions:

  • Monday: One day after his second straight poor, walk-filled Sunday start, Matt Magill was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque, and infielder Justin Sellers was recalled from the Isotopes.
  • Tuesday: After just one day back up, and one strikeout, Sellers was optioned to Triple-A, and Scott Van Slyke was place on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder bursitis. Outfielder Alex Castellanos and relief pitcher Chris Withrow were recalled from Albuquerque, both for the first time in 2013.
  • Friday: Catcher A.J. Ellis was activated from the disabled list after missing 14 games, and veteran backstop Ramon Hernandez was designated for assignment.
  • Saturday: The Dodgers wasted little time to address their catching depth, as John Baker was claimed off waivers from the Padres. Baker was subsequently optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Game Results:

Upcoming Week: The Dodgers run the Ed Whitson gauntlet this week, battling the Yankees for two games in The Bronx for the first time ever in the regular season, then finish up the week with four games in San Diego.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
17
Off

18
at NYY
4:05pm
19
at NYY
4:05pm
20
at SD
7:10pm
21
at SD
7:10pm
22
at SD
4:15pm
23
at SD
1:10pm
Ryu v.
(R) Hughes
Capuano v.
(R) Kuroda
Fife v.
(R) Marquis
Kershaw v.
(L) Richard
Greinke v.
(R) Volquez
Ryu v.
(R) Cashner
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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 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Puig 21 20 3 10 0 0 0 0 0 1/0 .500/.524/.500 1.024
Ethier 25 24 3 10 1 0 1 5 1 0/0 .417/.440/.583 1.023
Uribe 19 17 4 5 2 0 1 3 2 0/0 .294/.368/.588 .957
Federowicz 12 10 0 3 2 0 0 4 2 0/0 .300/.417/.500 .917
Ellis, M 22 18 2 6 0 0 1 3 1 0/0 .333/.381/.500 .881
Gonzalez 28 26 3 5 2 0 0 1 2 0/0 .192/.250/.269 .519
Punto 24 23 2 4 1 0 0 2 1 0/1 .174/.208/.217 .426
Ellis, A 9 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 .125/.222/.125 .347
Schumaker 19 16 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0/0 .063/.167/.063 .229

Hernandez 5 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 1/0 .250/.400/1.000 1.400
Hairston 14 13 1 4 1 0 0 1 1 0/0 .308/.357/.385 .742
Castellanos 7 7 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 .286/.286/.429 .714
Ramirez 11 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .091/.091/.091 .182
Cruz 8 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 .000/.125/.000 .125
Sellers 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Van Slyke 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 -----/-----/----- -----

Pitchers 13 8 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 0/0 .125/.364/.375 .739
Totals 238 213 23 54 10 1 4 23 17 2/1 .254/.316/.366 .682

Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Kershaw 2 0-0 -- 14 9 2 2 5 13 1.29 1.000 2.27
Fife 1 0-1 -- 5 6 2 2 3 4 3.60 1.800 2.66
Ryu 1 0-0 -- 6 11 3 3 2 2 4.50 2.167 3.39
Greinke 2 0-1 -- 12 10 7 7 4 8 5.25 1.167 5.64
Starters 6
0-2 -- 37 36 14 14 14 27
3.41 1.351 3.60
Rodriguez 3 0-0 -- 2⅔ 1 0 0 1 4 0.00 0.750 1.18
Moylan 2 1-0 -- 1⅓ 2 0 0 2 1 0.00 3.000 3.81
Jansen 4 0-0 1/2 4 1 1 1 0 6 2.25 0.250 3.31
Howell 3 0-0 -- 3⅔ 2 1 1 1 2 2.45 0.818 2.79
Guerrier 3 1-0 -- 2⅔ 5 2 2 0 5 6.75 1.875 4.19
League 3 0-1 1/2 2⅔ 8 4 4 2 1 13.50 3.750 4.56
Withrow 2 0-0 -- 1⅓ 4 2 2 2 3 13.50 4.500 3.06
Belisario 2 0-1 -- 1⅔ 3 4 4 2 1 21.60 3.000 3.66
Relievers 6
2-2
2/4 20 26 14 14 10 23 6.30 1.800 3.26
Totals 6
2-4 2/4 57 62 28 28 24 50 4.42 1.509 3.48
*FIP is estimated
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