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Dodgers Week 8 In Review: The Gap Gets Bigger

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The Dodgers started out the week on fire, scoring 31 runs in a sweep in Colorado, then split a four-game series in Chicago, giving the club a 5-2 record and yet another week in which they widened their division lead.  Here are the Dodgers' division leads at the end of each week this season:

Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8
(1 GB) up 1 up 2½ up 4½ up 4½ up 6 up 7½ up 8½

Dodger Batter of the WeekMatt Kemp ended May on a high note, hitting .407/.484/.630, with a couple of Bison Bombs at Wrigley Field. 

Dodger Pitcher of the WeekEric Milton hadn't won a major league game since August 8, 2006, partially due to injury and partially due to ineffectiveness, but he rebounded with a vengeance this week, picking up two wins with two strong, control-laden starts on the road, walking only one in 10.1 innings.

Week 8 Record:  5-2
42 runs scored (6.00 per game)
25 runs allowed (3.57 per game)
.738 pythagorean winning percentage

Overall Seasonal Record:  35-17
287 runs scored (5.52 per game)
200 runs allowed (3.85 per game)
.673 pythagorean winning percentage

The Dodgers have the best record in baseball, the best run differential in baseball, have allowed the fewest runs per game, and are fourth in runs scored per game.

Manny Suspension Countdown:  23 games down, 27 games to go; 33 days until July 3 at Petco Park

Upcoming Week:  The Dodgers return home to start a nine-game homestand.  This week, they welcome the Diamondbacks to Dodger Stadium for three games, and the Phillies for four games.  Hiroki Kuroda will make his return Monday night against Arizona.

Week 8 Stats

Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Kemp 27 5 11 0 0 2 5 4 .407/.484/.630 1.114
Pierre 33 7 11 1 2 0 7 1 .333/.353/.485 .838
Martin 23 4 8 1 0 0 2 4 .348/.444/.391 .836
Blake 18 2 5 3 0 0 5 3 .278/.381/.444 .825
Furcal 12 2 4 0 0 0 1 2 .333/.429/.333 .762
Loney 31 4 10 2 0 0 6 2 .323/.364/.387 .751
Ethier 20 3 5 2 0 0 0 1 .250/.318/.350 .668
Hudson 27 5 7 0 0 0 4 6 .259/.394/.259 .653
Castro 16 4 6 0 0 0 3 1 .375/.412/.375 .787
Ausmus 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .333/.429/.333 .762
Loretta 11 2 3 1 0 0 3 2 .273/.385/.364 .748
Hoffmann 9 1 1 1 0 0 3 0 .111/.091/.222 .313
Pitchers 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000/.059/.000 .059
Totals 249 42 73 11 2 2 39 27 .293/.364/.378 .742

 

Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP
Milton 2 2-0 -- 10.1 13 3 3 1 7 2.61 1.355
Wolf 1 1-0 -- 7.0 6 1 1 1 7 1.43 1.000
Billingsley 1 0-1 -- 7.0 8 2 2 2 7 2.86 1.429
Kershaw 1 1-0 -- 6.0 4 3 3 4 4 4.50 1.333
Stults 2 0-1 -- 7.1 9 8 8 9 5 9.82 2.455
Troncoso 3 0-0 1 5.0 5 0 0 4 6 0.00 1.800
Leach 3 0-0 -- 2.2 0 0 0 2 2 0.00 0.750
Mota 2 0-0 -- 2.0 3 0 0 0 2 0.00 1.500
Wade 2 0-0 -- 2.0 0 0 0 1 2 0.00 0.500
Belisario 3 0-0 -- 5.2 2 1 1 2 5 1.59 0.706
Broxton 2 0-0 -- 2.0 1 1 1 3 4 4.50 2.000
Weaver 2 0-0 -- 3.2 6 5 5 6 2 12.27 3.273
Ohman 2 1-0 -- 0.1 1 1 1 2 1 27.00 9.000
Totals 7 5-2 1 61.0 58 25 25 37 54 3.69 1.557