The Dodgers had a great start to the week, scoring 15 runs in a shutout of Minnesota on Monday, their most lopsided shutout win in 42 years. However, the Dodgers couldn't match their Monday production in the next five games combined, so even with stellar pitching the Dodgers ended with a 2-4 week. The Dodgers end week 14 at 11 games under .500, their lowest point of the season.
Dodger Batter of the Week: Aaron Miles led the National League with a .419 batting average in June, and carried it over into July. Last week he hit .533/.588/.800. The criticism of Miles is that his entire production is batting average dependent, that he never walks or gets extra-base hits. However, this week he hit his first home run as a Dodger, added a double, walked twice, and stole two bases. Nice week, Mr. Miles.
Trent Oeltjen came in a close second, hitting .429/.474/.786, including a four-hit game in Minnesota on Monday, when the Dodgers scored most of their runs for the week.
Dodger Pitcher of the Week: Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven scoreless innings on Friday, taking home the award. In reality, the pitching staff as a whole was excellent this week. Outside of Ted Lilly's start in Minnesota and Clayton Kershaw's bloop fest in Anaheim (which also featured one walk and 10 strikeouts), pretty much the rest of the staff could have laid claim to the award. The bullpen didn't allow a run all week.
Chad Billingsley was headed for this award, since he was the only starter to pitch twice during the week, until Russell Branyan dropped a deuce in the punch bowl in the seventh inning Sunday night. Still, a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings for the week? Sign me up.
Week 14 Record: 2-4
26 runs scored (4.33 per game)
17 runs allowed (2.83 per game)
.685 pythagorean winning percentage
Season Record: 37-48
323 runs scored (3.80 per game)
356 runs allowed (4.19 per game)
.456 pythagorean winning percentage (39-46)
See You In Phoenix: Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw were both selected to the National League All-Star team, as the rosters were announced Sunday. Kemp was voted in as a starter, the second straight season the Dodgers will have a starting outfielder. Last year's OF starter, Andre Ethier, still has a chance to make the team, as he is one of five Final Vote candidates.
A Senior Moment: Friday night in Anaheim, Tony Gwynn Jr. had quite a night in the leadoff position. He hit a double, had two singles, and three walks, all in a nine-inning game. Reaching base six times in a nine-inning is something Tony Gwynn Sr. never did (though Gwynn The Elder did reach base six times in two extra-inning games in his career).
- Sunday: The Dodgers activated Rafael Furcal from the disabled list, and to make room on the active roster they placed Casey Blake on the 15-day disabled list with a cervical strain.
- Monday: Dodgers 15, Twins 0
- Tuesday: Twins 6, Dodgers 4
- Wednesday: Twins 1, Dodgers 0
- Friday: Dodgers 5, Angels 0
- Saturday: Angels 7, Dodgers 1
- Sunday: Angels 3, Dodgers 1
|(L) Capuano||(R) Pelfrey||(L) Niese||(R) Gee||(R) Latos||(L) Richard||(R) Stauffer|
Week 14 Stats
|De La Rosa||1||0-1||--||7.0||6||1||1||2||4||1.29||1.143||2.29|
*FIP is estimated