Dodgers Week 21 review: Vin Scully returns

Stephen Dunn

The Dodgers continued to get great pitching last week, but the story of the last seven days came from the legendary broadcaster who announced his return for next season.

It is telling how well these Dodgers have played when a 4-3 week, a 93-win pace over a full season, is a bit of a disappointment. After taking three of four in Miami the Dodgers dropped two of three games at home to the Red Sox and scored just five runs in the weekend series.

But the team is still within striking distance of the best record in baseball, in a cluster two games back of Atlanta entering Monday, and on a pace for 95 wins. The team overall has been exciting enough to entice the incomparable Vin Scully to return for a record 65th season in 2014, which was by far the greatest news of the week.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed the excitement of this season and there is no way I could leave this truly remarkable team and our great fans," Scully said in a statement. "With my wife Sandi’s blessing, I’ve decided I’d like to come back and do it again next season. I love what the new ownership has brought to the team, and the energy provided by the fans, who have packed renovated Dodger Stadium. It reminds me that other than being home with my family, there is no place else I’d rather be."

Dodger Batter of the Week: It was a close one this week, but Carl Crawford narrowly edged Adrian Gonzalez for the award. Both men had eight hits, three doubles, three runs scored and four runs driven in. Gonzalez homered, while Crawford had one more walk and two stolen bases, plus the slight edge in OPS (.866 to .863) and a better on-base percentage.

It was a rough week for the offense, which averaged barely three runs a game and were shut down by Jose Fernandez, Jon Lester and Jake Peavy. Both Jerry Hairston and Nick Punto were 0-for-10, though Hairston added a sacrifice fly.

Dodger Pitcher of the Week: It's not often in a week which featured Clayton Kershaw pitch eight scoreless innings that he doesn't capture the award, but Ricky Nolasco did just that with eight scoreless innings of his own on Friday night against Boston. Both men struck out six in their games, but Nolasco allowed just two hits in his best start as a Dodger, while Kershaw allowed five hits and three walks to a lesser opponent in Miami.

Honorable mention goes to Zack Greinke with eight strong innings of his own, and to Kenley Jansen for three saves with just one runner reaching base in four innings, and to Carlos Marmol with four strikeouts in three scoreless appearances.

Week 21 Record: 4-3
23 runs scored (3.29 per game)
23 runs allowed (3.29 per game)
.500 pythagorean winning percentage

Season Record: 76-54
524 runs scored (4.03 per game)
472 runs allowed (3.63 per game)
.548 pythagorean winning percentage (71-59)

Armed and ready: When Brian Wilson made his 2013 debut on Thursday in Miami, he became the 25th Dodger to throw a pitch this season. That ties a franchise record that was also set in 1998, 2009 and 2012.

Sound the alarm: Carl Crawford reached base on catcher's interference in the first inning on Wednesday in Miami. He is the second Dodger to reach base via catcher's interference, joining Skip Schumaker, who did so in the third inning on July 22 in Toronto.

Transactions:

  • Monday: Three days after he joined the team in Philadelphia, the Dodgers activated relief pitcher Brian Wilson before their series in Miami. To make room, the Dodgers optioned outfielder Scott Van Slyke to Triple-A Albuquerque, giving the Dodgers 13 pitchers.

Game Results:

Upcoming Week: The Dodgers run the Keith Moreland gauntlet, staying home to battle the Cubs and Padres at Dodger Stadium, including a rare home day off on Thursday. On Wednesday the Dodgers play their only weekday home game of the season outside of opening day.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
26
vs. ChC
7:10pm
27
vs. ChC
7:10pm
28
vs. ChC
12:10pm
29
Off

30
vs. SD
7:10pm
31
vs. SD
6:10pm
1
vs. SD
1:10pm
Greinke v.
(R) Arrieta
Kershaw v.
(L) Wood
Nolasco v.
(R) Jackson
Ryu v.
(L) Stults
Capuano v.
(R) Cashner
Greinke v.
(R) Ross
Prime KCAL Prime Prime Prime 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 | Week 15 | Week 16 | Week 17 | Week 18 | Week 19 | Week 20

Week 21 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Crawford 27 24 3 8 3 0 0 4 3 2/0 .333/.407/.458 .866
Gonzalez 29 27 3 8 3 0 1 4 2 0/0 .296/.345/.519 .863
Ethier 26 22 3 6 1 0 0 1 3 0/0 .273/.385/.318 .703
Ramirez 24 22 4 4 2 0 1 3 2 1/0 .182/.250/.409 .659
Ellis, M 19 18 0 5 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 .278/.316/.278 .594
Uribe 24 22 2 5 1 0 0 1 2 1/0 .227/.292/.273 .564
Puig 27 24 4 4 1 0 1 2 1 0/0 .167/.222/.333 .556
Ellis, A 20 16 1 2 1 0 0 1 3 0/0 .125/.263/.188 .451

Schumaker 14 10 1 3 1 0 0 1 2 0/0 .300/.500/.400 .900
Federowicz 8 6 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 0/0 .333/.500/.333 .833
Hairston 11 10 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Punto 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000

Pitchers 17 14 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 .071/.133/.071 .205
Totals 256 225 23 48 13 0 3 21 22 4/0 .213/.292/.311 .604
Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Nolasco 1 1-0 -- 8 2 0 0 0 6 0.00 0.250 1.94
Kershaw 1 1-0 -- 8 5 0 0 3 6 0.00 1.000 2.69
Greinke 1 1-0 -- 8 6 1 1 0 7 1.13 0.750 2.94
Ryu 2 0-2 -- 12⅓ 11 7 7 2 12 5.11 1.054 2.65
Capuano 2 0-1 -- 10 12 6 6 2 4 5.40 1.400 2.56
Starters 7
3-3 -- 46 36 14 14 7 35
2.72 0.928 2.56
Jansen 3 0-0 3 3 0 0 0 1 4 0.00 0.333 1.39
Marmol 3 0-0 -- 2⅔ 1 0 0 2 4 0.00 1.125 2.31
Wilson 2 0-0 -- 2 3 0 0 1 3 0.00 2.000 1.56
Rodriguez 2 0-0 -- 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.000 1.06
Belisario 1 0-0 -- 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.000 0.06
Withrow 3 1-0 -- 3⅔ 6 4 4 1 4 9.82 1.909 12.33
League 3 0-0 -- 1⅔ 5 3 3 1 3 16.20 3.600 9.06
Howell 3 0-0 -- 1 3 2 2 1 2 18.00 4.000 2.06
Relievers 7
1-0
3 15 18 9 9 7 22 5.17 1.596 4.91
Totals 7
4-3 3 62 54 23 23 14 57 3.34 1.097 3.16
*FIP is estimated
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