1988 Dodgers Week 23 review: Closing in on NL West title

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The Dodgers hold a five-game divisional lead with 21, maybe 20 games left to play, depending on whether or not the team will need to make up the Sept. 4 rainout in New York.

The Dodgers won four of their seven games last week, including three of five games over their closest pursuers in the National League West. The Dodgers hold a five-game divisional lead over the Astros and a 7½-game lead over the Reds. The Dodgers' magic number to clinch the NL West is 16.

Dodger Batter of the Week: Kirk Gibson gets the call here for his two home runs, .481 on-base percentage and seven runs scored.

Dodger Pitcher of the Week: With a pair of shutouts this was a pretty easy call, as Orel Hershiser blanked both the Braves (on Monday) and Reds (on Saturday).

Week 23 Record: 4-3

21 runs scored (3.00 per game)
13 runs allowed (1.86 per game)
.706 pythagorean winning percentage

Seasonal Record: 81-60

568 runs scored (4.00 per game)
494 runs allowed (3.48 per game)
.564 pythagorean winning percentage (79-62)

Transactions:

  • Monday: After missing 35 games with a sore rib cage, third baseman Jeff Hamilton was activated from the disabled list.
  • Thursday: The team announced that two-time batting champion Tommy Davis will not be back in 1989 as minor league hitting instructor, among other moves in a shake-up of some minor league staff.

Game Results:

Upcoming Week: The Dodgers run the Joey Jay gauntlet, finishing up the homestand against the Braves before heading to Cincinnati to battle the Reds.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
12
vs. Atl
7:35pm
13
vs. Atl
7:35pm
14
vs. Atl
7:35pm
15
Off

16
at Cin
4:35pm
17
at Cin
4:05pm
18
at Cin
10:00am
Leary v.
Glavine (L)
Tudor v.
Smoltz (R)
Hershiser v.
Mahler (R)
Belcher v.
Browning (L)
Leary v.
Robinson (R)
Tudor v.
Rijo (R)

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 | Aug 22-28 | Aug 29-Sept 4

Week 23 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Gibson 27 19 7 5 0 0 2 3 6 2/1 .263/.481/.579 1.060
Griffin 19 14 2 6 1 0 0 0 2 1/2 .429/.500/.500 1.000
Marshall 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .500/.500/.500 1.000
Hamilton 24 24 1 8 0 0 1 2 0 0/0 .333/.333/.458 .792
Shelby 27 24 3 6 0 0 1 5 1 0/1 .250/.259/.375 .634
Sax 29 27 3 5 1 0 0 0 2 2/0 .185/.241/.222 .464
Hatcher 27 24 1 4 0 0 0 2 2 0/0 /167/.259/.167 .426
Scioscia 14 14 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .143/.143/.143 .286

Dempsey 11 9 1 3 0 0 1 2 2 0/0 .333/.455/.667 1.121
Gwynn 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 ----/1.000/---- 1.000
Woodson 8 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 .167/.375/.167 .542
Davis 8 8 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 .125/.125/.250 .375
Anderson 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Stubbs 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Sharperson 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Heep 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Devereaux 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Gonzalez 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Reyes Did not play ----/----/---- ----

Pitchers 17 15 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0/1 .133/.133/.333 .467
Totals 241 213 21 45 3 0 6 16 18 6/5 .211/.280/.310 .590

Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Hershiser 2 2-0 -- 18 11 0 0 4 16 0.00 0.833 1.78
Leary 1 1-0 - 8 4 1 1 4 8 1.13 1.000 2.39
Tudor 1 0-1 -- 8 8 2 1 4 4 1.13 1.500 5.02
Belcher 2 0-0 -- 12⅓ 7 3 3 3 14 2.19 0.811 1.35
Martinez 1 0-1 -- 2⅔ 2 4 4 4 1 13.50 2.250 6.64
Starters 7
3-2 -- 49 32 10 9 19 43 1.65 1.041 2.56
Crews 2 1-0 -- 2⅓ 3 1 0 1 1 0.00 1.715 3.32
Howell, K 1 0-0 -- 2 0 0 0 0 2 0.00 0.000 0.89
Holton 1 0-0 -- 2 3 0 0 1 2 0.00 2.000 0.89
Howell, J 2 0-0 1 1⅓ 0 0 0 1 4 0.00 0.750 (0.86)
Pena 2 0-0 -- 1 1 0 0 1 0 0.00 2.000 5.89
Orosco 3 0-1 -- 2⅔ 2 1 1 2 1 3.38 1.500 9.27
Horton 2 0-0 -- 1⅔ 2 1 1 0 3 5.40 1.200 (0.71)
Relievers 7
1-1
1 13 11 3 2 6 13
1.38
1.308 3.04
Totals 7
4-3 1 62 43 13 11 25 56 1.60 1.097 2.66
*FIP is estimated
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