1988 Dodgers Week 14 review: John Shelby ends first half on high note

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The Dodgers had an up and down week with a pair of sweeps, a productive offense, and a questionable starting staff. They head into the All-Star break with a 2.5-game lead over the Giants in the National League West.

The Dodgers swept the Cardinals, then were swept by the Pirates in a 3-3 week. Wednesday's comeback win, a seven-run seventh inning capped by a Franklin Stubbs grand slam, remains my favorite regular season game ever attended at Dodger Stadium (along with my brother Greg). But by far the most significant thing that happened this week was the Dodgers turning to Hollywood, per Sam McManis of the Los Angeles Times:

Actors Tom Berenger and Charlie Sheen worked out with the Dodgers before Wednesday's game in preparation for an upcoming film with a baseball theme. Former Dodger Steve Yeager is serving as a technical adviser on the project.

I hope that turns out well.

Dodger Batter of the Week: He may not have his long hitting streak anymore, but John Shelby continues to produce for the Dodgers. He hit .435 (10-for-23) with four doubles, a home run and nine RBI. He is hitting .311 with a .381 on-base percentage with 12 stolen bases, 42 runs scored, and is tied with Kirk Gibson for the team lead with 18 doubles.

Honorable mention goes to Mike Scioscia, who was 6-for-12 with a pair of doubles and four walks during the week.

Dodger Pitcher of the Week: The starters were rather ordinary, so this week's award goes to Alejandro Pena, who pitched six scoreless innings in relief in three games, and had four strikeouts. Honorable mention goes to Tim Belcher, who recorded two saves but with the return of Jay Howell will rejoin the rotation next week.

Week 14 Record: 3-3

25 runs scored (4.17 per game)
28 runs allowed (4.67 per game)
.448 pythagorean winning percentage

Seasonal Record: 48-36

369 runs scored (4.39 per game)
302 runs allowed (3.60 per game)
.591 pythagorean winning percentage (50-34)

Transactions:

  • Monday: The Dodgers put 43-year-old Don Sutton on the disabled list with a strained right elbow, and recalled Bill Krueger to start against the Cardinals. But St. Louis ran wild on the lefty, stealing six bases in under three innings.
  • Wednesday: Relief pitcher Jay Howell was activated from the disabled list, and stunt man Mickey Hatcher was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain.
  • Thursday: On the off day the Dodgers extended manager Tommy Lasorda's contract for two more years, through the 1990 season.

Game Results:

Upcoming Week: The Dodgers run the Larry Bittner Gauntlet, first with the All-Star Game at Riverfront Stadium, then with a five-game series at Wrigley Field, including the makeup of a May 9 rainout in Chicago.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
11
Off

12
AS Game
at Cin
13
Off

14
at ChC (2)
10:05am
15
at ChC
1:05pm
16
at ChC
10:20am
17
at ChC
10:20am
Gooden v.
Viola (L)
Leary/Hillegas v.
Sutcliffe (R)/ Schiraldi (R)
Valenzuela v.
Maddux (R)
Hershiser v.
Moyer (L)
Belcher v.
Pico (R)

Previous 1988 weeks in review: Apr 4-10 | Apr 11-17 | Apr 18-24 | Apr 25-May 1 | May 2-8 | May 9-15 | May 16-22 | May 23-29 | May 30-Jun 5 | Jun 6-12 | Jun 13-19 | Jun 20-26 | Jun 27-Jul 3

Week 14 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Scioscia 18 12 0 6 2 0 0 2 4 0/0 .500/.588/.667 1.255
Shelby 24 23 4 10 4 0 1 9 1 2/0 .435/.458/.739 1.197
Gibson 24 19 6 7 1 0 1 3 4 0/0 .368/.478/.579 1.057
Sax 26 25 2 8 1 1 0 0 1 2/1 .320/.346/.440 .786
Marshall 24 20 4 4 1 0 1 2 2 0/0 .200/.333/.400 .733
Stubbs 17 17 1 2 0 0 1 4 0 0/0 .118/.118/.294 .412
Hamilton 18 17 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 .176/.222/.176 .399
Anderson 22 21 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .143/.143/.143 .286

Gonzalez 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 .500/.500/1.000 1.500
Hatcher 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .500/.500/.500 1.000
Heep 11 8 1 3 0 0 0 0 3 0/0 .375/.545/.375 .920
Dempsey 5 5 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 0/0 .200/.200/.400 .600
Woodson 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Davis 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Sharperson 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000

Pitchers 9 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .111/.111/.111 .222
Totals 214 191 25 50 11 1 4 24 16 4/1 .262/.322/.393 .715

Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Leary 1 0-1 -- 3⅔ 7 4 1 3 2 2.45 2.727 2.62
Valenzuela 1 0-0 -- 7 4 3 3 3 6 3.86 1.000 3.89
Hershiser 2 1-1 -- 12⅓ 13 9 7 3 10 5.11 1.297 5.16
Hillegas 1 0-1 -- 5 4 3 3 5 3 5.40 1.800 6.69
Krueger 1 0-0 -- 2⅓ 4 3 3 2 1 11.57 2.571 4.60
Starters 6
1-3 -- 30 32 22 17 16 22 5.04 1.582 4.77
Pena 3 1-0 -- 6 3 0 0 3 4 0.00 1.000 2.56
Belcher 2 0-0 2 3 3 0 0 0 1 0.00 1.000 2.22
Holton 3 0-0 -- 6 5 1 1 1 5 1.50 1.000 1.72
Crews 3 1-0 -- 4⅔ 4 1 1 1 1 1.93 1.071 3.10
Howell, J 2 0-0 -- 3 5 1 1 1 3 3.00 2.000 1.89
Orosco 1 0-0 -- 1 1 3 3 2 1 27.00 3.000 19.89
Relievers 6
2-0
2 23 21 6 6 8 15
2.28
1.225 3.06
Totals 6
3-3 2 54 53 28 23 24 37 3.83 1.426 4.02
*FIP is estimated
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