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Dodgers Week 24 In Review: Changing At The Top, Sinking To The Bottom

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Don Mattingly will be the ninth Dodger manager since the club moved to Los Angeles, taking over for Joe Torre.
Don Mattingly will be the ninth Dodger manager since the club moved to Los Angeles, taking over for Joe Torre.

When the Dodgers weren't busy getting steamrolled by playoff contenders in San Francisco and at home against Colorado, they made some significant news themselves. On Friday, it was announced that Joe Torre would step down as manager, with Don Mattingly taking over starting next season, with a three-year contract.

This was the Dodgers' worst week of the season in terms of run differential, as they were outscored by 19 runs in six games. The offense disappeared again, at least until Sunday, and they went 2-4 on the week. Since the All-Star break the Dodgers are 24-38, the fourth-worst record in baseball.

Dodger Batter of the Week:   A.J. Ellis, who has been working with Mattingly and Jeff Pentland to shorten his swing, has seen the results of late. This week he started twice, and had three hits in each game, then had a walk-off pinch hit single on Sunday. He ended the week with seven hits, including two doubles, and a walk in nine plate appearances. Ellis led the team in hits despite being tied for 10th in PA.

Casey Blake just might have had the worst week of any Dodger this season. He had one hit in 21 plate appearances, and struck out 12 times, hitting .048/.048/.048.

Dodger Pitcher of the WeekChad Billingsley lost to the Giants on Wednesday, but gave up one run in seven innings, so he claims the prize. Clayton Kershaw pitched a shutout, the first of his career, one night earlier, but his stinker on Sunday against Colorado nullified him from the award.

It was a rough week for a pair of relievers, as Jeff Weaver allowed eight runs in 2 1/3 innings, and Jonathan Broxton allowed nine of the 11 batters he faced to reach base.

Week 24 Record:  2-4
18 runs scored (3.00 per game)
37 runs allowed (6.17 per game)
.211 pythagorean winning percentage

Season Record:  73-77
624 runs scored (4.16 per game)
647 runs allowed (4.31 per game)
.483 pythagorean winning percentage (73-77)

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Game Results:

Upcoming Week:  The Dodgers take Monday off, then end their homestand with a series against San Diego. The Dodgers begin their final road trip of the season Friday in Arizona.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
20
Off
21
vs SD
7:10pm
22
vs SD
7:10pm
23
vs SD
7:10pm
24
at Ari
6:40pm
25
at Ari
5:10pm
26
at Ari
1:10pm

 

Previous Weeks in Review: Wk 1 | Wk 2 | Wk 3 | Wk 4 | Wk 5 | Wk 6 | Wk 7 | Wk 8 | Wk 9 | Wk 10 | Wk 11 | Wk 12 | Wk 13 | Wk 14 | Wk15 | Wk 16 | Wk 17 | Wk 18 | Wk 19 | Wk 20 | Wk 21 | Wk 22 | Wk 23

Week 24 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Ethier 22 15 3 4 0 0 2 2 7 0/1 .267/.500/.667 1.167
Kemp 26 25 3 6 1 1 1 3 1 1/1 .240/.269/.480 .749
Gibbons 21 21 3 5 1 0 0 1 0 0/0 .238/.238/.286 .524
Furcal 23 21 3 3 3 0 0 1 2 0/0 .143/.217/.286 .503
Theriot 23 20 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 .200/.273/.200 .476
Loney 21 21 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .143/.143/.143 .286
Barajas 14 14 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .143/.143/.143 .286
Blake 21 21 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .048/.048/.048 .095

Ellis 9 8 0 7 2 0 0 3 1 0/0 .875/.889/1.125 2.014
Hu 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 1.000/1.000/1.000 2.000
Mitchell 9 9 2 2 0 0 2 3 0 0/0 .222/.222/.889 1.111
Oeltjen 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .500/.500/.500 1.000
Carroll 8 8 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .375/.375/.375 0.750
Johnson 11 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .100/.182/.100 .282
Lindsey 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Ausmus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 ----/----/---- ----

Pitchers 10 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .222/.222/.222 .444
Totals 225 209 18 46 7 1 5 16 12 1/2 .220/.269/.335 .604

 

Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Billingsley 1 0-1 -- 7.0 6 1 1 2 4 1.29 1.143 2.06
Kershaw 2 1-0 -- 13.0 8 6 4 4 2 2.77 0.923 2.97
Kuroda 1 0-1 -- 6.0 7 5 3 1 7 4.50 1.333 3.03
Ely 1 0-1 -- 4.1 5 6 6 5 3 12.46 2.308 11.28
Lilly 1 0-1 -- 3.1 7 6 6 0 3 16.20 2.100 11.00
Starters 6
1-4 -- 33.2 33
24 20 12 26 5.35 1.337 4.66
Belisario 3 0-0 -- 3.1 1 0 0 0 3 0.00 0.300 1.40
Jansen 2 0-0 -- 3.0 1 0 0 1 3 0.00 0.667 2.20
Troncoso 3 0-0 -- 2.1 4 0 0 2 1 0.00 2.571 4.91
Monasterios 1 0-0 -- 2.0 2 0 0 0 2 0.00 1.000 1.20
Kuo 1 0-0 -- 2.0 1 0 0 0 3 0.00 0.500 0.20
Dotel 1 0-0 -- 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0.00 1.000 1.20
Link 2 0-0 -- 2.0 3 2 2 0 1 9.00 1.500 2.20
Sherrill 4 1-0 -- 1.0 1 1 1 1 1 9.00 2.00 1.20
Broxton 2 0-0 -- 1.1 3 2 2 6 0 13.50 6.750 14.45
Weaver 2 0-0 -- 2.1 8 8 8 1 1 30.86 3.857 14.77
Relievers 6
1-0 0 20.1 25 13 13 11 16
5.75 1.770 4.23
Totals 6
2-4 0 54.0 58 37 33 23 42 5.50 1.500 4.50
*FIP is estimated