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Dodgers September review: Offense finished in high gear

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At 17-8, the Dodgers had their best September/October since 2008 (also 17-8). The last Dodgers team with a better final month was 1965, when the Dodgers finished 21-8.

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The Dodgers put a finishing kick to their second straight National League West crown thanks to a prolific offense in the final month of the year.

The lineup kicked into high gear, scoring at least five runs in 14 of 25 games in September, including double-digit runs four times in the final 15 games. As a result, the Dodgers averaged 6.24 runs per game in September, the fourth-best offensive month for the team since the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1958.

LA Dodgers teams to score 6 runs/game in a month
Month/Year W-L Games Runs Runs per game
April 1977 17-3 20 132 6.60
July 1962 20-6 26 167 6.42
May 1970 18-10 28 178 6.36
September 2014 17-8 25 156 6.24
April 2000 14-10 24 146 6.08
May 1962 21-7 28 170 6.07
May 2006 18-10 28 169 6.04
Source: Baseball-Reference

Dodger Batter of September: With the offense clicking on all cylinders in September, this was a tough choice. But the honor goes to Carl Crawford, who was red-hot the entire month, hitting .448/.473/.716. He narrowly beat out Matt Kemp, who won the actual NL Player of the Month with a stellar month of his own. Honorable mention goes to Justin Turner, who punctuated his stellar season by hitting a ridiculous .422/.458/.733 in September.

Dodger Pitcher of SeptemberClayton Kershaw narrowly missed out on his third NL Pitcher of the Month of the year, but he'll settle for the team award thanks to a 5-0 month with a 1.95 ERA and 45 strikeouts to go with just eight walks. Zack Greinke was a solid No. 2, going 4-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 30 innings, and Dan Haren deserves credit too for matching Greinke in September innings and ERA while also having more strikeouts and fewer walks. A 27-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio will get it done every single time.

September Record: 17-8
156 runs scored (6.24 per game)
114 runs allowed (4.56 per game)
.640 pythagorean winning percentage (16-9)

Setember National League West Standings
Club W-L Pct GB RS RA
Dodgers
17-8 .680 --- 156 114
San Francisco 13-12 .520 4 106 118
San Diego 13-14 .481 5 93 112
Colorado 12-13 .480 5 134 110
Arizona 7-19 .269 10½ 87 116

2014 Record: 94-68
718 runs scored (4.43 per game)
617 runs allowed (3.81 per game)
.569 pythagorean winning percentage (92-70)

National League West final standings
Club W-L Pct GB RS RA
Dodgers 94-68 .580 --- 718 617
San Francisco
88-74 .543 6 665 614
San Diego
77-85 .475 17 535 577
Colorado 66-96 .407 28 755 818
Arizona 64-98 .395 30 615 742

Game of the Month: With Clayton Kershaw on the mound and the offense full of runs, the Dodgers clobbered the Giants 9-1 on Sept. 24 to clinch the National League West.

Pinch Hitting: For the month, Dodger pinch hitters had five singles and four doubles in 42 at-bats, and seven walks, hitting .214/.365/.310.

Runners in Scoring Position: In September, the Dodgers were on fire with runners in scoring position, hitting .344/.395/.619 with runners in scoring position in 279 plate appearances, with 20 doubles and 15 home runs. They had 14 home runs with runners in scoring position in the previous three months combined. On the season the Dodgers led the majors with RISP in plate appearances, battin average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS.

They had a runner on third base with less than two outs 57 times in September, and got the runner home 35 times, or 61.4 percent (the entire National League scored 354 of 710 times, 49.9 percent).

They had a runner on second base with nobody out 46 times in September, and the runner advanced 30 times, or 65.2 percent (the entire NL advanced the runner 294 of 551 times, 53.4 percent).

September weeks in review: Sept. 8 | Sept. 15 | Sept. 22 | Sept. 29

Previous month in review: April | May | June | July | August

September Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Crawford 75 67 14 30 7 1 3 16 1 2/1 .448/.473/.716 1.189
Kemp 95 90 21 29 7 0 9 25 4 0/0 .322/.347/.700 1.047
Uribe 90 77 12 29 4 0 3 17 3 0/0 .377/.400/.545 .945
Gonzalez 105 96 18 25 6 0 8 25 8 0/0 .260/.324/.573 .897
Ramirez 80 71 11 25 7 0 0 11 8 2/1 .352/.425/.451 .876
Puig 101 88 20 25 4 0 3 10 9 3/0 .284/.376/.432 .808
Gordon 91 89 19 27 6 0 0 5 1 6/4 .303/.308/.371 .678
Ellis 75 63 7 12 0 0 2 10 9 0/0 .190/.297/.286 .583
Starters 702 641 122 202 41 1 28 119 43 13/6 .315/.366/.513 .879
Turner 48 45 7 19 5 0 3 12 3 1/0 .422/.458/.733 1.192
Barney 23 15 5 6 0 0 1 3 6 0/0 .400/.565/.600 1.165
Bernadina 9 7 2 2 0 0 1 4 0 0/0 .286/.444/.714 1.159
Van Slyke 38 37 7 16 2 0 1 7 0 2/0 .432/.421/.568 .989
Ethier 25 18 4 4 2 0 0 2 5 0/0 .222/.440/.333 .773
Pederson 38 28 1 4 0 0 0 0 9 0/0 .143/.351/.143 .494
Butera 17 14 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 0/0 .143/.294/.143 .437
Rojas 22 21 3 2 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 .095/.136/.095 .232
Guerrero 12 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .083/.083/.083 .167
Arruebarrena 13 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .077/.077/.077 .154
Federowicz 11 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.091/.000 .091
Bench 256 220 31 57 9 0 6 30 26 3/0 .259/.353/.382 .735
Pitchers 53 47 3 9 2 1 1 3 1 0/0 .191/.208/.340 .549
Totals 1011 908 156 268 52 2 35 152 70 16/6 .295/.355/.472 .827

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Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Kershaw 5 5-0 -- 37 27 10 8 8 45 1.95 0.946 1.69
Greinke 5 4-0 -- 30 29 9 9 5 25 2.70 1.133 2.39
Haren 5 2-1 -- 30 19 10 9 3 27 2.70 0.733 2.59
Wright 1 0-0 -- 2 3 1 1 2 3 4.50 2.500 3.12
Hernandez 5 0-2 -- 20⅔ 28 17 14 10 15 6.10 1.839 8.30
Ryu 2 0-1 -- 7⅔ 12 6 6 2 10 7.04 1.826 1.29
Frias 2 0-1 -- 6⅔ 13 8 8 1 4 10.80 2.100 4.32
Starters 25 11-5 -- 134 131 61 55 31 129 3.69 1.209 3.19
Perez 7 1-0 -- 7 2 0 0 4 9 0.00 0.857 2.26
Garcia 8 0-0 -- 10 6 2 2 1 9 1.80 0.700 4.22
Elbert 7 1-0 -- 4⅓ 4 1 1 1 2 2.08 1.154 2.89
Jansen 11 0-0 6/7 11 8 3 3 4 14 2.45 1.091 2.85
Rodriguez 6 1-0 0/1 3⅔ 2 1 1 1 3 2.45 0.818 5.85
League 11 0-0 -- 10 11 4 3 4 8 2.70 1.500 3.02
Wilson 10 1-1 -- 6⅔ 5 2 2 2 4 2.70 1.050 5.22
Baez 9 0-0 -- 9⅓ 7 4 4 0 9 3.86 0.750 3.98
Frias 5 1-0 -- 11⅓ 7 5 5 4 15 3.97 0.971 2.68
Coulombe 5 0-0 -- 4⅓ 5 3 2 2 4 4.15 1.615 5.66
Wright 8 1-0 -- 6 12 6 6 3 4 9.00 2.500 2.79
Correia 5 0-2 -- 10 13 15 11 4 6 9.90 1.700 6.72
Howell 7 0-0 -- 5⅓ 9 7 7 2 6 11.81 2.063 6.87
Relievers 25 6-3 6/8 99 91 53 47 32 93 4.27 1.242 4.05
Totals 25 17-8 6/8 233 222 114 102 63 222 3.94 1.223 3.56
*FIP is estimated