The Dodgers followed their season-long formula this week, by winning against their own division and holding their own against the rest. They defeated Arizona three straight times in walk-off fashion, then split a four-game series with their NL East doppelganger, the Braves. On the season, the Dodgers are 18-5 against the NL West, and 15-19 against everybody else.
Dodger Batter of the Week: Jamey Carroll, who made six starts at three different infield positions this week and hit .400/.423/.440. Honorable mention goes to both Blake DeWitt (.357/.438/.429, four runs scored) and Matt Kemp (.300/.333/.500, one walk-off home run), the only other Dodger batters with an .800 OPS for the week.. This award goes to
Dodger Pitcher of the Week:
Week 9 Record: 5-2
23 runs scored (3.29 per game)
25 runs allowed (3.57 per game)
.462 pythagorean winning percentage
Season Record: 33-24
267 runs scored (4.68 per game)
263 runs allowed (4.61 per game)
.507 pythagorean winning percentage (29-28)
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Walk-Off Magic: With Andre Ethier's return on Memorial Day, it wasn't surprising that the Dodgers got back to their walk-off ways at home. What was surprising was that they had four walk-off wins this week, and none involved Ethier. They defeated Arizona in three straight games in walk-off fashion, the first time the Dodgers had three straight walk-off wins since August 5-7, 1982 against Joe Torre's Braves.
The four walk-off wins were, in order: Casey Blake inducing a walk-off balk (a balk-off?) Monday, a Matt Kemp laser shot into the pavilion Tuesday, a Garret Anderson RBI single Wednesday, and an A.J. Ellis RBI single Sunday. After 12 walk-off wins last season, the Dodgers have six this season. The Monday win was the first balk-off by the Dodgers since May 28, 1989 against Roger McDowell and the Mets.
One Run Gets It Done: The Dodgers won 1-0 games both Tuesday and Wednesday against Arizona, the first time they have won back-to-back 1-0 games since July 28 and 29, 1984 against the Reds.
Pitchers at the Plate: Dodger pitchers have struggled all season, but from Friday to Sunday, each Dodger starting pitcher got a base hit, including a double by Chad Billingsley, the first extra-base hit by a Dodger pitcher since Randy Wolf last August 21. The last time the Dodgers got a base hit from their starting pitcher in three straight games was August 30 though September 1, 2008, when Billingsley, Derek Lowe, and Greg Maddux each got base hits.
A Long Time Coming: Garret Anderson had a sacrifice bunt on Sunday, his first sacrifice since May 17, 2000, a span of 5,900 plate appearances.
Monday: Andre Ethier was activated from the disabled list on Memorial Day, and Xavier Paul was sent back to Triple A Albuquerque after his second stint in the big leagues this year.
- Thursday: Travis Schlichting pitched the final four innings of a bullpen-depleting 14-inning game on Wednesday, and as a result was the fall guy, getting sent back to Albuquerque as the club needed another bullpen arm. Charlie Haeger was activated after 23 days on the disabled list.
- Saturday: Nick Green cleared waivers after being designated for assignment, and accepted a minor league assignment with Triple A Albuquerque
- Monday: Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 4
- Tuesday: Dodgers 1, Diamondbacks 0
- Wednesday: Dodgers 1, Diamondbacks 0
- Thursday: Braves 4, Dodgers 3
- Friday: Dodgers 5, Braves 4
- Saturday: Braves 9, Dodgers 3
- Sunday: Dodgers 5, Braves 4
Upcoming Week: The Dodgers finish up their 13-game homestand, first with St. Louis, followed by a Thursday off day, then interleague play begins anew as the Angels come to town.
Week 9 Stats
*FIP is estimated