Dodgers Week 14 review: Moving up in NL West

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The Dodgers began the week four games out for first place in the National League West and ended it 4½ behind Arizona, but thanks to four wins in six games within the division the Dodgers leaped from last place to second place.

The Dodgers offense came to play this week, scoring 10 runs for the first two times all season. That might have been expected with the trip to Coors Field, but one of the double-digit games came against Matt Cain in San Francisco.

Yasiel Puig had by far his worst week in the big leagues and still put up an .860 OPS with four extra-base hits. Six Dodgers regulars beat that mark, which led to more than six runs per game. Adrian Gonzalez homered in three straight games, Matt Kemp homered in two straight, and Juan Uribe had the game of his life, falling a single short of the cycle with seven RBI on Friday against the Giants.

But none of those batters had to face Clayton Kershaw, who was named an All-Star and strengthened his case to start for the National League at Citi Field on July 16.

Dodger Batter of the Week: During spring training manager Don Mattingly said more than once that Hanley Ramirez at his best was the best player on the field, and it is proving true. Ramirez hit .480 with six extra-base hits during the week and ended his week on a career-best 18-game hitting streak.

Dodger Pitcher of the Week: This was probably the easiest choice of the year, as Clayton Kershaw allowed one run in his two starts, including the 21st shutout in Coors Field history.

Week 14 Record: 4-2
39 runs scored (6.50 per game)
24 runs allowed (4.00 per game)
.709 pythagorean winning percentage

Season Record: 42-45
333 runs scored (3.83 per game)
364 runs allowed (4.18 per game)
.459 pythagorean winning percentage (40-47)

Transactions:

  • Tuesday: Relief pitcher Carlos Marmol was acquired from the Cubs along with approximately $2.5 million cash plus international bonus slot No. 92, valued at $209,700, in exchange for relief pitcher Matt Guerrier in an exchange of pitchers recently designated for assignment.
  • Tuesday: After clearing waivers, infielder Luis Cruz declined an outright assignment to Triple-A Albuquerque and was granted his release. Cruz signed with the Yankees one day later.
  • Thursday: After he cleared waivers, Carlos Marmol was outrighted to Triple-A Albuquerque, removing him from the 40-man roster as he works on some mechanical adjustments.
  • Friday: Outfielder Carl Crawford was activated from the disabled list after missing 30 games with a strained right hamstring. Outfielder and first baseman Scott Van Slyke was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.
  • Saturday: Starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco was acquired from the Marlins along with international slot bonus No. 96, worth $197,000, in exchange for minor league pitchers Steven Ames, Josh Wall and Angel Sanchez.

Game Results:

Upcoming Week: The Dodgers run the Melvin Mora gauntlet this week, finishing up their pre-All-Star-break slate with three games in Arizona and four home games against Colorado.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
8
at Ari
6:40pm
9
at Ari
6:40pm
10
at Ari
6:40pm
11
vs. Col
7:10pm
12
vs. Col
7:10pm
13
vs. Col
4:15pm
14
vs. Col
1:10pm
Greinke v.
(R) Delgado
Nolasco v.
(R) Kennedy
Ryu v.
(L) Skaggs
Fife v.
(L) Pomeranz
Kershaw v.
TBD
Greinke v.
(R) Chatwood
Nolasco v.
(R) Chacin
Prime KCAL Prime Prime Prime Fox Prime

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
Ramirez 27 25 8 12 3 2 1 2 2 0/0 .480/.519/.880 1.399
Uribe 20 20 3 6 1 1 2 11 0 0/0 .300/.300/.750 1.050
Ellis, A 19 16 5 6 3 0 0 5 3 0/0 .375/.474/.563 1.036
Gonzalez 28 27 5 8 1 0 3 5 1 0/0 .296/.321/.667 .988
Kemp 16 15 2 4 0 0 2 5 1 0/0 .267/.313/.667 .979
Ethier 27 23 5 9 2 0 0 2 4 1/1 .391/.481/.478 .960
Puig 28 26 6 8 3 0 1 3 1 1/2 .308/.321/.538 .860
Ellis, M 27 25 0 5 0 1 0 2 2 0/0 .200/.259/.280 .539

Schumaker 3 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 .667/.667/1.000 1.667
Hairston 4 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0/0 .500/.500/1.000 1.500
Federowicz 8 8 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 0/0 .250/.250/.625 .875
Punto 8 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 .286/.375/.286 .661
Crawford 12 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 .000/.083/.000 .083
Van Slyke Did not play ----/----/---- ----

Pitchers 17 14 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 0/0 .143/.200/.214 .414
Totals 244 224 39 68 17 4 10 38 17 2/3 .304/.351/.549 .900
Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Kershaw 2 2-0 -- 17 7 1 1 1 11 0.53 0.471 2.12
Fife 1 0-1 -- 4⅓ 7 4 1 1 0 2.08 1.846 4.44
Ryu 1 1-0 -- 6⅔ 4 2 2 3 3 2.70 1.050 3.51
Greinke 1 1-0 -- 5 6 5 5 7 4 9.00 2.600 7.66
Capuano 1 0-1 -- 4⅓ 7 6 5 1 3 10.38 1.846 2.37
Starters 6
4-2 -- 37 31 18 14 13 21
3.38 1.179 3.41
Howell 3 0-0 -- 3 1 0 0 1 5 0.00 0.667 0.73
Rodriguez 2 0-0 -- 2⅓ 1 0 0 0 4 0.00 0.429 (0.37)
Belisario 2 0-0 -- 2 1 0 0 0 2 0.00 0.500 1.06
Jansen 2 0-0 2⅓ 2 1 1 1 1 3.86 1.286 3.49
Withrow 1 0-0 2 1 1 1 1 4 4.50 1.000 7.06
Dominguez 2 0-0 1⅔ 5 2 1 1 1 5.40 3.600 3.66
League 2 0-0 1⅓ 3 2 2 1 1 13.50 3.000 3.81
Relievers 6
0-0
2 14 14 6 5 5 18 3.07 1.295 2.51
Totals 6
4-2 2 52 45 24 19 18 39 3.29 1.212 3.16
*FIP is estimated
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