1988 Dodgers Week 17 review: Valenzuela hurt, but Guerrero, Griffin return

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The Dodgers began the week with a seven-game lead but saw it reduced to 4½ games this week. They lost Fernando Valenzuela but gained Pedro Guerrero and Alfredo Griffin.

The Dodgers finished off their longest road trip of the season with a split in San Francisco against the Giants. After the 11-5 trip, which also included a nine-inning suspended game, over 14 days, the Dodgers returned home and were flat in losing the first two games to the Astros. But the Dodgers recovered to win Sunday to salvage a 3-4 week.

The Dodgers welcomed back Pedro Guerrero and Alfredo Griffin, but also lost Fernando Valenzuela and Jeff Hamilton to injuries.

To top that off, outfielder Danny Heep was forced to pitch two innings on Saturday in a blowout loss in a game Valenzuela left in the fifth inning due to a shoulder injury. Heep, who allowed two runs in two innings, has no illusions of a new direction to his baseball career.

"I just wanted to throw fastballs over the plate. I didn't want to walk anyone or hurt anyone," Heep told Sam McManis of the LA Times. "No, I don't think I'll be in the rotation."

Dodger Batter of the Week: Most of the standouts on offense played part time, so this award goes to Steve Sax. The second baseman hit .323 with three doubles and a triple in seven games, and stole a base. He beat out Jeff Hamilton, who was 4-for-11 (.364) with a home runs and two doubles; Franklin Stubbs, who was 5-for-8 (.625) with a pair of doubles; and Rick Dempsey, who was 4-for-11 (.364) with two doubles and a home run.

Dodger Pitcher of the Week: Ace starter Orel Herhsiser garnered two of the three Dodgers victories this week, including a complete game victory over the Astros. The right-hander is 15-5 with a 2.59 ERA and seven complete games on the season.

Honorable mention goes to Tim Leary, who struck out 10 in nine innings in San Francisco on Wednesday. But he allowed a single to Jose Uribe, the only batter he faced in the 10th inning, and eventually was saddled with the loss.

Week 17 Record: 3-4

28 runs scored (4.00 per game)
31 runs allowed (4.43 per game)
.454 pythagorean winning percentage

Seasonal Record: 60-43

442 runs scored (4.25 per game)
362 runs allowed (3.48 per game)
.590 pythagorean winning percentage (61-42)

Transactions:

  • Monday: After missing 59 games with a broken hand, shortstop Alfredo Griffin was activated from the disabled list, and infielder Mike Sharperson was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.
  • Friday: With cartilage separation on his rib, third baseman Jeff Hamilton was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Pedro Guerrero was activated from the DL after missing 51 games.
  • Sunday: One day after leaving in the fifth inning, Fernando Valenzuela was placed on the 21-day disabled list for the first time in his career with a shoulder injury. Outfielder Jose Gonzalez was activated from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Valenzuela's roster spot, as they don't need a fifth starter until Aug. 9.

Game Results:

Upcoming Week: The Dodgers run the Tommy Helms Gauntlet, hosting the Reds before heading to Houston to battle the Astros.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1
vs Cin
5:15pm
2
vs Cin
7:05pm
3
vs Cin
7:35pm
4
Off

5
at Hou
5:35pm
6
at Hou
5:35pm
7
at Hou
11:35am
Belcher v.
Jackson (L)
Leary v.
Rijo (R)
Hillegas v.
Browning (L)
Hershiser v.
Deshaies (L)
Belcher v.
Ryan (R)
Leary v.
Knepper (L)

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

Week 17 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Hamilton 11 11 4 4 2 0 1 2 0 0/0 .364/.364/.818 1.182
Sax 31 31 4 10 3 1 0 4 0 1/0 .323/.323/.484 .806
Gibson 31 27 3 8 0 0 1 1 4 1/0 .296/.387/.407 .795
Guerrero 9 9 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 .333/.333/.444 .778
Shelby 29 28 3 7 1 0 0 3 1 2/0 .250/.276/.286 .562
Scioscia 15 15 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .200/.200/.200 .400
Woodson 17 16 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 1/0 .125/.176/.125 .301
Marshall 30 27 2 1 0 0 0 3 2 0/0 .037/.100/.037 .137
Anderson 20 18 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .056/.056/.056 .111

Stubbs 8 8 4 5 2 0 0 1 0 0/0 .625/.625/.875 1.500
Dempsey 14 11 2 4 2 0 1 4 2 0/0 .364/.429/.818 1.247
Hatcher 8 7 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 .286/.375/.286 .661
Griffin 8 7 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 .143/.250/.143 .393
Davis 9 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 .000/.111/.000 .111
Heep 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000

Pitchers 18 17 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0/0 .118/.118/.176 .294
Totals 261 243 28 53 12 1 3 24 13 5/0 .218/.256/.313 .569

Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Leary 1 0-1 -- 9 5 2 1 3 10 1.00 0.889 3.11
Hershiser 2 2-0 -- 16⅓ 12 3 3 4 11 1.65 0.980 2.28
Belcher 1 0-0 -- 5⅓ 7 2 2 1 5 3.38 1.500 4.02
Hillegas 1 0-1 -- 7⅓ 8 3 3 1 3 3.68 1.227 2.48
Valenzuela 2 0-1 -- 11⅔ 12 5 5 6 6 3.86 1.543 5.63
Starters 7
2-3 -- 49 44 15 14 15 35 2.54 1.188 3.43
Howell, J 2 0-0 1 2 5 2 1 0 3 4.50 2.500 (0.11)
Holton 3 1-1 -- 3⅔ 4 2 2 1 1 4.91 1.364 3.16
Orosco 4 0-0 -- 1⅔ 1 2 1 3 2 5.40 2.400 5.89
Pena 1 0-0 -- 2⅓ 2 2 2 0 3 7.71 0.857 0.32
Heep 1 0-0 -- 2 2 2 2 0 0 9.00 1.000 9.39
Crews 3 0-0 -- 3 8 6 6 1 1 18.00 3.000 3.22
Relievers 7
1-1
1 14 22 16 14 5 10
8.59
1.841 3.44
Totals 7
3-4 1 64 66 31 28 20 45 3.92 1.337 3.43
*FIP is estimated

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