The Dodgers continued to get tormented by the Mets last week, getting swept at home and have eight losses in nine games this season against New York, their likely NLCS opponent should the Dodgers win the National League West. But the Dodgers recovered from their sweep loss with a road sweep in Philadelphia for a 3-3 week.
Saturday's win over the Phillies gave manager Tommy Lasorda 1,000 wins in his career, joining Sparky Anderson of the Tigers as the only active managers to reach the four-digit win totals. Lasorda had a theatrical celebration of sorts after the victory, per Sam McManis of the Los Angeles Times:
"I want to take this opportunity to thank all the guys who played for me, and I want to thank the people in the Dodger front office who gave me the opportunity to manage and who gave me the players," Lasorda said. "It's them that I thank, because I could not have done it without them."
Before Lasorda--who usually only choked up on his postgame feast--got too emotional, he injected some humor into what had sounded like an Oscar acceptance speech.
"Hey, maybe I should send a telegram to some of these players who played for me," Lasorda said.
And he did not mean Steve Garvey, Don Sutton or.
"How about Pepe Frias (class of 1980-81)? Or Boog Powell (1977)--did you know he played for me? Or Pickles Garman (1977-78)? Or Al Oliver ('85)? All those guys contributed, too. Let's wire them."
Dodger Batter of the Week: The Dodgers hit zero home runs for the week and scored just 19 runs, so there weren't a lot of candidates. But Franklin Stubbs stood out by hitting .438 (7-for-16) with three doubles. Most of it came after a change in batting stance, per the Times: "Manager Tom Lasorda and hitting coach Ben Hines have instructed Stubbs to hold his bat horizontally instead of vertically."
Dodger Pitcher of the Week: He couldn't hold a 1-0 lead in the eighth inning on Wednesday, but Orel Hershiser still pitched a complete game and allowed only two runs in yet another loss to the Mets.
Honorable mention goes to Jay Howell, who retired all nine batters he faced during the week.
Week 21 Record: 3-3
19 runs scored (3.17 per game)
18 runs allowed (3.00 per game)
.525 pythagorean winning percentage
Seasonal Record: 75-54
537 runs scored (4.13 per game)
464 runs allowed (3.57 per game)
.566 pythagorean winning percentage (73-56)
None this week.
- Monday, Aug. 22: Mets 7, Dodgers 1
- Tuesday, Aug. 23: Mets 5, Dodgers 1
- Wednesday, Aug. 24: Mets 2, Dodgers 1
- Friday, Aug. 26: Dodgers 7, Phillies 2
- Saturday, Aug. 27: Dodgers 4, Phillies 2
- Sunday, Aug. 28: Dodgers 5, Phillies 0
Upcoming Week: The Dodgers run the Rusty Staub Gauntlet, continuing their road trip in Montreal and New York.
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 | July 25-31 | Aug 1-7 | Aug 8-14 | Aug 15-21
Week 21 Stats