Dodgers Week 12 review: Great starts, poor finishes

Stephen Dunn

Justin Turner only started three games during the week but still managed to wreak plenty of havoc.

The Dodgers technically did have a winning week at 4-3, nothing to sneeze at since it was just their third winning week in the last nine. But in many ways the week was a microcosm of the Dodgers' season, with great starts against the Reds and Diamondbacks, only to fall flat at the end of each series.

The silver lining of the 4-3 week for the Dodgers was gaining three games on San Francisco, a team that might not win 110 games after all.

Dodger Batter of the Week: Calf tightness prevented him from starting during the weekend, but that didn't stop Justin Turner from tying for the team lead during the week in hits (eight) and RBI (four). Turner hit .571 (8-for-14) and has a seven-game hitting streak. He narrowly beat out Matt Kemp, who hit .364 with a home run, a double and five walks; and Scott Van Slyke, who hit .400 and had a career day on Monday with two home runs in Cincinnati.

Dodger Pitcher of the Week: Even though he took the loss on Sunday, Josh Beckett had another very good week. He struck out 13 and walked only one, getting the nod over Clayton Kershaw by virtue of having an extra start.

Week 12 Record: 4-3
26 runs scored (4.33 per game)
25 runs allowed (4.17 per game)
.518 pythagorean winning percentage

2014 Record: 37-34
300 runs scored (4.23 per game)
277 runs allowed (3.90 per game)
.536 pythagorean winning percentage (38-33)

Miscellany

Justin Turner, limited by calf tightness over the weekend, was 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position during the week and has nine hits in his last 14 at-bats in those situations. He has a multi-hit game in each of his last five starts. He is in current hot streaks of 12-for-24 (.500), 19-for-44 (.432) and even 30-for-78 (.385).

Yasiel Puig has not hit a home run since May 28. His 69 plate appearances and 16 full games since is the third-longest home run drought of his career. He had streaks of 75 (July 3-23) and 72 plate appearances (Aug. 2-19) without a home run in 2013.

A.J. Ellis was 2-for-4 with three walks after returning this week from the disabled list, and has walked in four straight games. He has reached base via hit or walk in nine straight games, with a .500 on-base percentage during that span.

Transactions

Friday: After missing 17 games with a sprained right ankle, catcher A.J. Ellis was activated from the disabled list, with catcher Tim Federowicz getting optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Saturday: Veteran utility man Chone Figgins was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quad, and infielder Carlos Triunfel was recalled from Triple-A to take his spot on the bench.

Game Results

Upcoming Week

The Dodgers run the Jerald Clark gauntlet, finishing up the homestand with Colorado, then hitting the road in San Diego.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
16
vs Col
7:10pm
17
vs Col
7:10pm
18
vs Col
7:10pm
19
Off

20
at SD
7:10pm
21
at SD
7:10pm
22
at SD
1:10pm
Ryu v.
(L) Matzek
Greinke v.
(R) Chacin
Kerhsaw v.
(L) De La Rosa
Haren v.
(R) Kennedy
Beckett v.
(R) Ross
Ryu v.
(L) Stults
SNLA SNLA SNLA SNLA SNLA SNLA

Previous weeks: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11

Week 12 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Turner 16 14 2 8 1 0 0 4 1 0/0 .571/.625/.643 1.268
Ellis 7 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 3 0/0 .500/.714/.500 1.214
Kemp 27 22 5 8 1 0 1 4 5 0/0 .364/.481/.545 1.027
Gonzalez 25 23 4 7 3 0 0 2 2 0/0 .304/.360/.435 .795
Ethier 21 19 1 6 1 0 0 1 0 0/0 .316/.381/.368 .749
Ramirez 23 21 1 6 2 0 0 3 2 1/0 .286/.348/.381 .729
Butera 11 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 .222/.364/.222 .586
Gordon 28 27 2 5 1 0 1 3 0 0/1 .185/.214/.333 .548
Puig 32 29 3 6 1 0 0 0 3 1/3 .207/.281/.241 .523

Van Slyke 13 10 3 4 0 0 2 4 3 0/0 .400/.538/1.000 1.538
Federowicz 8 7 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0/0 .286/.250/.429 .679
Rojas 11 11 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .273/.273/.273 .545
Figgins 13 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0/0 .000/.250/.000 .250
Romak 10 9 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 .000/.100/.000 .100
Triunfel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 ----/----/---- ----

Pitchers 18 16 1 4 1 0 0 3 0 0/0 .250/.250/.313 .563
Totals 263 230 26 63 12 0 4 26 25 2/4 .274/.354/.378 .732
Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Kershaw 1 1-0 -- 7 8 1 1 1 7 1.29 1.286 1.58
Beckett 2 1-1 -- 13 7 4 3 1 13 2.08 0.615 2.61
Greinke 1 0-1 -- 6 4 2 2 1 3 3.00 0.833 4.82
Haren 2 2-0 -- 11⅔ 13 5 5 2 4 3.86 1.286 4.95
Ryu 1 0-1 -- 6 6 4 4 2 5 6.00 1.333 4.65
Starters 7 4-3 -- 43 38 16 15 7 32 3.09 1.031 3.65
Howell 4 0-0 -- 4 1 0 0 1 3 0.00 0.500 2.40
Wright 2 0-0 -- 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.600 3.15
Wilson 3 0-0 -- 2 5 1 1 1 2 3.86 2.571 2.72
Maholm 3 0-0 -- 3 5 2 2 2 3 5.40 2.100 3.15
Jansen 3 0-0 2 3 3 2 2 1 5 6.00 1.333 5.15
League 2 0-0 -- 2 4 2 2 3 0 9.00 3.500 6.15
Perez 2 0-0 -- 1 4 2 2 2 2 18.00 6.000 18.15
Relievers 7 0-0 2 17 23 9 9 10 15 4.67 1.904 4.48
Totals 7 4-3 2 61 61 25 24 17 47 3.54 1.279 3.89
*FIP is estimated
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