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The Dodgers lost two series in a row for the first time all year, and as a result had their first losing week of the year. Even though they are scuffling a bit -- they are 14-13 in their last 27 games -- they will get a big boost this week with the return of Manny Ramirez.
Dodger Batter of the Week: Even though he was hitless in 15 at-bats otherwise (with four walks and a sacrifice fly), Andre Ethier and his three home runs easily win the award this week. Ethier became just the 17th Dodger to hit three homers in a game, and the first since Hee Seop Choi in 2005.
Dodger Pitcher of the Week: As much as I want to give this award to Jonathan Broxton (not really) for striking out 100% of the batters he faced, I will give this award to Clayton Kershaw, who turned in his third straight good start on Friday against the Mariners. Hiroki Kuroda was close, with his brilliant effort in Chicago, but he loses some credit for his relaitvely poor outing Sunday, even though he managed to pitch into the seventh inning.
Week 12 Record: 2-4
28 runs scored (4.67 per game)
29 runs allowed (4.83 per game)
.482 pythagorean winning percentage
Overall Seasonal Record: 48-28 (.632)
376 runs scored (4.95 per game)
292 runs allowed (3.84 per game)
.624 pythagorean winning percentage
Manny Suspension Countdown: 47 games down, 3 games to go; 5 days until Friday at Petco Park.
Transactions: On Saturday, Cory Wade was optioned to AAA Albuquerque to make room for Eric Milton, who was activated from the disabled list.
Upcoming Week: The Dodgers end their homestand with three games against Colorado, then after an off day Thursday travel to San Diego as the Manny Ramirez Era begins anew. Also this week, Claudio Vargas's 30-day rehab assignment ends on Wednesday, so he will likely be activated.
Week 12 Stats