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Dodgers Week 16: Yasiel Puig, Clayton Kershaw highlight roller coaster week

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The Dodgers rode a bit of a roller coaster last week. After opening the week with a five-run first inning in Detroit, the Dodgers were wiped out in a pair of games by the Tigers. But once they returned home, the Dodgers beat the Padres in three of four games to salvage a .500 week, including three one-run victories over San Diego.

After that five-run opening inning the Dodgers scored eight runs in their final 50 innings of the week.

But the end result is the Dodgers atop the National League West by a game, and are owners of the best record (54-43) in a tightly-bunched National League.

Dodger Batter of the Week: There wasn't much offense during the week, but Yasiel Puig stood out. He hit .333 (7-for-21) and had five of the Dodgers' 11 extra-base hits during the week.

Dodger Pitcher of the Week: His scoreless streak is over, but a complete-game win gives Clayton Kershaw the award yet again. Kershaw struck out 11, his third straight double-digit strikeout game at home. Honorable mention goes to Paul Maholm, who pitched mop-up duty on Tuesday but came back three days later to retire 18 of 20 batters faced in a win over the Padres.

Week 16 Record: 3-3
13 runs scored (2.17 per game)
25 runs allowed (4.17 per game)
.232 pythagorean winning percentage

2014 Record: 54-43
404 runs scored (4.16 per game)
354 runs allowed (3.65 per game)
.560 pythagorean winning percentage (54-43)

Miscellany

The Dodgers beat the Padres 1-0 on back-to-back days on Saturday and Sunday, their first back-to-back 1-0 wins since July 8-9, 2011, also against San Diego at Dodger Stadium.

Miguel Rojas only had two hits during the week, but one was a home run, the Dodgers' only run in Wednesday's loss in Detroit. It was Rojas' first major league home run.

A.J. Ellis ended Saturday night's 1-0 win with a sacrifice fly, the second 1-0 walk-off sacrifice fly in L.A. Dodgers history. Jon Weisman has more details at Dodger Insider.

Transactions

Tuesday: Josh Beckett was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, with a left hip impingement. The Dodgers added to their bullpen for the time being, recalling Pedro Baez from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Thursday: After missing 40 games with a sprained left ankle, Carl Crawford was activated from the disabled list. First baseman Clint Robinson was designated for assignment.

Sunday: After their win over the Padres, the Dodgers optioned Pedro Baez to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Game Results

Upcoming Week

The Dodgers run the Tom Brunansky gauntlet, with four players in Minnesota for All-Star festivities, followed by three games in St. Louis. This week is one of the most TV-friendly weeks to watch the Dodgers all season.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
14
HR Derby
5pm
15
All-Star Gm
5pm
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Off

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Off

18
at StL
5:15pm
19
at StL
1:05pm
20
at StL
5:05pm
Puig v.
9 others
Wainwright* v.
(R) Hernandez
Haren v.
TBD
Greinke v.
TBD
Kershaw v.
TBD
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Week 16 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Puig 23 21 3 7 4 1 0 2 2 0/0 .333/.391/.619 1.010
Ramirez 11 9 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 1/0 .333/.455/.333 .788
Uribe 21 20 1 5 0 0 1 2 1 0/0 .250/.286/.400 .686
Kemp 20 18 1 5 0 0 0 2 2 0/1 .278/.350/.278 .628
Ethier 15 12 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 0/0 .167/.333/.250 .583
Gonzalez 24 21 2 4 2 0 0 4 1 0/0 .190/.208/.286 .494
Gordon 25 25 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 1/0 .160/.160/.160 .320
Ellis 18 13 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0/0 .000/.176/.000 .176

Butera 3 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0/0 .500/.667/1.000 1.667
Van Slyke 11 11 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .273/.273/.273 .545
Rojas 18 16 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 0/0 .125/.222/.313 .535
Crawford 9 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1/0 .143/.333/.143 .476
Triunfel Did not play
Robinson Did not play

Pitchers 8 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 .000/.167/.000 .167
Totals 206 180 13 37 8 1 2 13 19 3/1 .206/.281/.294 .575
Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Maholm 1 0-0 -- 6 2 0 0 0 4 0.00 0.333 1.83
Kershaw 1 1-0 -- 9 3 1 1 1 11 1.00 0.444 2.49
Greinke 1 0-1 -- 7 7 3 3 0 8 3.86 1.000 0.87
Ryu 2 1-1 -- 8⅓ 12 7 7 2 12 7.56 1.680 1.00
Haren 1 0-1 -- 4 6 4 4 2 5 9.00 2.000 4.66
Starters 6 2-3 -- 34 30 15 15 5 40 3.93 1.019 1.94
Howell 3 0-0 -- 3⅓ 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.300 3.16
Jansen 3 1-0 1 3 3 0 0 1 5 0.00 1.333 0.83
Baez 1 0-0 -- 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.000 3.16
Perez 2 0-0 -- 2⅔ 2 1 1 0 1 3.38 0.750 3.54
League 3 0-0 -- 2⅔ 3 1 1 2 0 3.38 1.875 4.29
Maholm 1 0-0 -- 2⅓ 4 2 2 0 2 7.71 1.714 1.45
Wright 2 0-0 -- 2⅔ 6 6 6 3 3 20.25 3.375 3.16
Wilson Did not pitch
Relievers 6 1-0 1 17 19 10 10 6 11 5.09 1.415 2.76
Totals 6 3-3 1 52 49 25 25 11 51 4.33 1.154 2.22
*FIP is estimated