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Dodgers September review: Corey Seager says hello

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Here is a look at the season's final month, which was really more than a month. So while we may refer to this as September, it also includes four days in October, though it's tedious to write September/October over and over again. So keep that in mind that September really means the final month plus four games.

Whatever you call it, this month will be remembered for the time Corey Seager made his major league debut and immediately became the best hitter in the Dodgers' lineup, a month that saw the Dodgers pull away from the competition to win the National League West for an unprecedented third year in a row.

Dodger Batter of September: Welcome aboard, kid. Corey Seager started 25 of 30 games from the moment he was called up, leading the Dodgers for the month in hits, doubles, home runs, runs, RBI, batting average, on-base percentage and OPS, and he was second in walks.

Special mention goes to Justin Ruggiano, who was in the minors with the Mariners in August but after getting acquired by the Dodgers was a lefty masher and hit .290/.350/.618, tied for the team lead in home runs, tied for second in RBI and third in runs, all while 10th with 60 plate appearances.

Dodger Pitcher of September: Clayton Kershaw was dominant down the stretch, with a 1.70 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 6½ starts, including a dominant one-hitter with 13 strikeouts in the division clincher in San Francisco on Sept. 29. He narrowly beat out fellow Cy Young Award candidate Zack Greinke, who had a 1.87 ERA to go with 36 strikeouts, a strong rebound after his worst month of the season in August, when Greinke had a 2.45 ERA.

September record: 19-13
135 runs scored (4.22 per game)
127 runs allowed (3.97 per game)
.528 pythagorean winning percentage (17-15)

September National League West Standings
Club W-L Pct GB RS RA
Dodgers
19-13 .594 --- 135 127
Arizona 16-15 .516 132 148
San Francisco 15-16 .484 132 124
Colorado 15-18 .455 159 162
San Diego 10-21 .323 114 155

2015 record: 92-70
667 runs scored (4.12 per game)
595 runs allowed (3.67 per game)
.552 pythagorean winning percentage (89-73)

Final 2015 National League West Standings
Club W-L Pct GB RS RA
Dodgers
92-70 .568 --- 667 595
San Francisco 84-78 .519 8 696 627
Arizona 79-83 .488 13 720 713
San Diego 74-88 .457 18 650 731
Colorado 68-94 .420 24 737 844

Game of the Month: There were several exciting games during the final month, but I'll have to pick the division clincher just because Kershaw was so dominant. He struck out 13 in a one-hit shutout, and retired his final 19 batters faced. The Dodgers' offense came alive, too, with home runs by Kiké Hernandez, Ruggiano and A.J. Ellis in an 8-0 win on Sept. 29.

Pinch Hitting: With expanded rosters there were many more pinch hitting opportunities, with Dodger pinch hitters going 15-for-72 with three doubles, two home runs, a triple and six walks, hitting .208/.278/.361.

Runners in Scoring Position: In September, the Dodgers hit .226/.322/.318 with runners in scoring position in 327 plate appearances, with 14 doubles and three home runs, continuing a second-half downward trend in that situation.

They had a runner on third base with less than two outs 63 times in September, and got the runner home 35 times, or 55.6 percent (the entire National League scored 389 of 884 times, 44 percent).

They had a runner on second base with nobody out 49 times in September, and the runner advanced 26 times, or 55.4 percent (the entire NL advanced the runner 377 of 705 times, 53.5 percent).

Bases loaded: The Dodgers were 6-for-23 with the bases loaded in September, with a double, two grand slams, four sacrifice flies and 22 RBI, hitting .261/.222/.565.

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

September weeks in review: Sept. 7 | Sept. 14 | Sept. 21 | Sept. 28 | Oct. 5

September Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Seager 113 98 17 33 8 1 4 17 14 2/0 .337/.425/.561 .986
Turner 93 75 13 22 5 0 1 8 12 3/1 .293/.413/.400 .813
Ellis 68 59 8 15 3 0 3 9 7 0/0 .254/.343/.458 .801
Ethier 72 65 8 18 5 2 1 11 6 0/0 .277/.333/.462 .795
Crawford 72 68 8 19 4 1 2 6 4 4/1 .279/.319/.456 .775
Hernandez 17 17 2 5 0 0 1 1 0 0/0 .294/.294/.471 .765
Rollins 55 47 9 12 2 1 0 0 8 3/1 .255/.364/.340 .704
Gonzalez 115 99 8 23 4 0 3 12 15 0/0 .232/.330/.364 .694
Utley 100 88 11 18 6 0 3 8 8 1/0 .205/.290/.375 .665
Pederson 91 79 9 16 1 0 3 7 12 1/1 .203/.308/.329 .637
Kendrick 45 45 7 13 2 0 0 5 0 0/0 .289/.289/.333 .622
Puig 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .200/.200/.200 .400
Grandal 65 51 2 3 0 0 1 3 12 0/0 .059/.246/.118 .364
Starters 911 796 102 198 40 5 22 87 98 14/4 .249/.337/.394 .731
Ruggiano 60 55 12 16 4 1 4 12 3 2/0 .290/.350/.618 .968
Torreyes 8 6 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 0/0 .333/.429/.500 .929
Schebler 37 33 6 8 0 0 3 4 3 2/1 .242/.324/.515 .839
Heisey 38 29 3 6 1 0 2 9 7 0/1 .207/.342/.448 .790
Guerrero 29 27 3 7 2 0 0 4 2 1/0 .259/.310/.333 .644
Van Slyke 56 53 3 12 2 0 1 8 2 0/0 .226/.268/.321 .589
Barnes 18 13 2 2 1 0 0 1 4 1/0 .154/.353/.231 .584
Peraza 12 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .091/.091/.091 .182
Bench 258 227 31 54 11 1 10 39 26 6/2 .238/.314/.427 .741
Pitchers 62 57 2 9 2 0 0 0 0 0/0 .158/.158/.193 .351
Totals 1231 1080 135 261 53 6 32 126 120 20/6 .242/.324/.391 .714

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Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Kershaw 7 5-1 -- 47⅔ 29 10 9 9 65 1.70 0.797 1.47
Greinke 6 5-0 -- 43⅓ 27 9 9 9 36 1.87 0.831 3.25
Frias 1 0-0 -- 4 1 1 1 0 2 2.25 0.250 5.34
Wieland 1 0-0 -- 4 4 2 2 1 2 4.50 1.250 2.84
Wood 6 3-3 -- 35⅓ 31 20 18 8 21 4.58 1.104 4.05
Anderson 5 2-1 -- 28 35 17 16 6 16 5.14 1.464 4.34
Bolsinger 5 1-3 -- 20⅓ 25 20 16 14 20 7.08 1.918 8.16
Latos 1 0-0 -- 4 8 4 4 0 3 9.00 2.000 1.59
Starters 32 16-8 -- 186 160 83 75 47 165 3.62 1.109 3.65
Frias 2 0-0 -- 4 3 0 0 2 1 0.00 1.250 4.09
Howell 13 1-0 -- 6⅓ 5 1 1 2 6 1.42 1.105 4.20
Hatcher 14 1-0 2 12⅓ 8 2 2 3 15 1.46 0.892 3.01
Peraza 8 1-0 -- 9 4 2 2 0 11 2.00 0.444 3.53
Garcia 13 0-2 -- 11 8 3 3 1 10 2.45 0.818 3.00
Jansen 14 0-0 9 13⅔ 9 4 4 3 15 2.63 0.878 2.72
Thomas 6 0-0 -- 8 8 3 3 3 10 3.38 1.375 1.72
Baez 13 0-0 -- 11⅓ 12 6 6 3 12 4.76 1.324 2.65
Liberatore 4 0-0 -- 3⅔ 4 2 2 0 3 4.91 1.091 5.00
Avilan 13 0-1 -- 7⅔ 9 5 5 1 8 5.87 1.304 4.79
Johnson 11 0-1 -- 8 14 7 6 2 5 6.75 2.000 4.22
Nicasio 11 0-0 -- 8 16 8 8 5 9 9.00 2.625 1.97
Latos 1 0-1 -- 1 1 1 1 0 2 9.00 1.000 12.09
Relievers 32 3-5 11 104 101 44 43 25 107 3.72 1.212 3.29
Totals 32 19-13 11 290 261 127 118 72 272 3.65 1.146 3.52
*FIP is estimated