Dodgers Week 15 review: Clayton Kershaw's scoreless streak passes key test

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers won three out of four against the Rockies in Denver, and may have taken two of three games from the Indians had Brian Wilson not blown Wednesday afternoon's lead at home. The end result was another winning week and first place to themselves in the National League West.

Dodger Batter of the Week: It was a big week for the center field duo. Andre Ethier hit .368 (7-for-19) with two triples and a double, and scored the only run in Monday's win over Cleveland. He narrowly beat Scott Van Slyke, who hit two home runs, and both off right-handers during the week.

Dodger Pitcher of the Week: Any sort of long endeavor features some sort of grueling test usually at or past the midpoint, before such a journey can be taken seriously. Clayton Kershaw passed that test with flying colors on Friday night in Coors Field, with eight shutout innings, allowing only two hits and a walk. Kershaw's scoreless streak is now at 36 consecutive innings, and while still a fair distance from Orel Hershiser's record, it feels much more attainable than it did a week ago.

Week 15 Record: 4-3
35 runs scored (5.00 per game)
27 runs allowed (3.86 per game)
.617 pythagorean winning percentage

2014 Record: 51-40
391 runs scored (4.30 per game)
329 runs allowed (3.62 per game)
.578 pythagorean winning percentage (53-38)

Miscellany

Minor league journeyman Clint Robinson picked a good time for his first major league hit, a single to center field on Monday to drive home Andre Ethier for the only run in a 1-0 Dodgers win over the Indians.

Josh Beckett tied for the team lead with Yasiel Puig with three doubles during the week. Before that, his last double came in 2007.

Dodgers pitchers for the week were 7-for-17 (.412) with four doubles.

The Dodgers have scored five or more runs in an inning 10 times this season, including one such inning in each of the last three games. Saturday's rally came in the seventh inning:

Hey now

On Sunday, four Dodgers were named All-Stars, including a pair of first-timers. Yasiel Puig was voted to start in the outfield for the National League, while Dee Gordon made his first team as a reserve second baseman. Clayton Kershaw was named to his fourth straight All-Star squad, and Zack Greinke made his second.

It was the first time the Dodgers had four All-Stars since 2010, when Andre Ethier, Jonathan Broxton, Rafael Furcal and Hong-Chih Kuo made the trip to Anaheim.

Transactions

Thursday: The Dodgers recalled shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena from Triple-A Albuquerque, and optioned infielder Carlos Triunfel to Albuquerque.

Sunday: The duo swapped again, though this time involved Arruebarrena hitting the disabled list with a right hip flexor strain. Triunfel was recalled from Triple-A three days after getting sent down.

Game Results

Upcoming Week

The Dodgers run the Johnny Grubb gauntlet, reliving the 1984 World Series, with two games in Detroit then back home for four games against the Padres to conclude the "first half."

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
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Off

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at Det
4:08pm
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at Det
10:08am
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vs SD
7:10pm
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vs SD
7:10pm
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vs SD
7:10pm
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vs SD
1:10pm
Ryu v.
(R) Verlander
Greinke v.
(R) Scherzer
Kershaw v.
(R) Despaigne
Haren v.
(R) Hahn
Beckett v.
(R) Kennedy
Ryu v.
(R) Ross
SNLA/MLBN SNLA/MLBN SNLA SNLA SNLA/MLBN 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 | Week 13 | Week 14

Week 15 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Ethier 22 19 2 7 1 2 0 3 3 0/0 .368/.455/.632 1.086
Ramirez 15 10 4 3 2 0 0 2 4 1/0 .300/.533/.500 1.033
Gordon 30 26 5 10 1 0 0 0 3 2/1 .385/.448/.423 .871
Ellis 21 17 1 5 2 0 0 2 3 0/0 .294/.381/.412 .793
Puig 31 30 6 8 3 0 1 5 1 0/0 .267/.290/.467 .757
Uribe 27 26 2 9 1 0 0 3 1 0/0 .346/.370/.385 .755
Gonzalez 29 27 2 7 1 0 1 6 2 0/0 .259/.310/.407 .718
Kemp 28 25 2 5 1 0 0 2 3 0/0 .200/.286/.240 .526

Van Slyke 19 18 2 5 1 0 2 4 1 0/0 .278/.316/.667 .982
Robinson 7 7 2 3 0 0 0 2 0 0/0 .429/.429/.429 .857
Arruebarrena 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .333/.333/.333 .667
Rojas 14 10 3 2 0 0 0 1 3 0/0 .200/.429/.200 .629
Butera 9 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 .125/.222/.125 .347
Triunfel 8 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 .000/.125/.000 .125

Pitchers 18 17 3 7 4 0 0 2 0 0/0 .412/.412/.647 1.059
Totals 281 250 35 73 17 2 4 33 26 3/1 .292/.362/.424 .786
Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Kershaw 1 1-0 -- 8 2 0 0 1 8 0.00 0.375 1.54
Greinke 1 1-0 -- 8 9 2 1 2 8 1.13 1.375 1.54
Ryu 1 0-0 -- 7 7 2 2 0 8 2.57 1.000 2.73
Beckett 2 1-1 -- 10 9 5 5 4 7 4.50 1.300 4.26
Haren 2 1-1 -- 12⅓ 11 8 8 1 13 5.84 0.973 3.40
Starters 7 4-2 -- 45 38 17 16 8 44 3.18 1.015 2.83
Perez 3 0-0 -- 3⅓ 3 1 0 1 1 0.00 1.200 3.46
Howell 3 0-0 -- 2⅓ 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.000 2.30
Jansen 2 0-0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.000 2.16
League 1 0-0 -- 1 1 0 0 1 1 0.00 2.000 4.16
Wright 3 0-0 -- 2⅔ 3 2 2 2 4 6.75 1.875 2.41
Maholm 2 0-0 -- 3 4 3 3 1 1 9.00 1.667 3.49
Wilson 3 0-1 -- 2⅓ 3 4 4 4 3 15.43 3.000 4.45
Relievers 7 0-1 2 16 14 10 9 9 12 4.86 1.380 3.16
Totals 7 4-3 2 62 50 27 25 17 56 3.63 1.113 2.92
*FIP is estimated
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