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Dodgers Week 8 review: Ups and downs

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It was an up and down week for the Dodgers, who had their moments - three home runs in the eighth inning on Monday, a six-run fourth inning on Tuesday, and Yasmani Grandal's three-run home run on Saturday in St. Louis.

The Dodgers pitching was awesome during the week, allowing just over two runs per game. The starters pitched six quality starts in six games, never allowing more than two runs in a start, averaging 6.5 innings per start, and collectively had a 1.62 ERA.

But despite this and the moments above, the Dodgers managed only a .500 week, winning two of three at home against the Braves, then dropping two of three against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Dodger Batter of the Week: Even though he took the silver sombrero collar on Sunday, Alex Guerrero takes this award for packing his production into relatively limited playing time, as he has done all year. In his 14 plate appearances, Guerrero led the team with two home runs and drove in three.

Honorable mention goes to Andre Ethier, who homered, doubled and drove in four runs; and to Joc Pederson, who hit .375 (9-for-24) with a home run and a double.

Dodger Pitcher of the Week: The pitching staff was on point last week, led by Clayton Kershaw, who struck out 10 and walked none in seven scoreless innings on Tuesday against Atlanta in his best start of the season.

Honorable mention goes to Carlos Frias, who rebounded from a 10-run whooping to allow only one unearned run in seven innings on Saturday in St. Louis, the longest start of his career.

Week 8 Record: 3-3
22 runs scored (3.67 per game)
13 runs allowed (2.17 per game)
.724 pythagorean winning percentage

Season Record: 29-20
215 runs scored (4.39 per game)
163 runs allowed (3.33 per game)
.624 pythagorean winning percentage (31-18)

Miscellany

Fearless: Zack Greinke on Wednesday stole a base, the only steal of the week for the Dodgers. It was the only steal by a major league pitcher this season, the third by Greinke since joining the Dodgers, and his fourth steal in four attempts in his career.

"You gotta be smart," Greinke said of his attitude on the base paths, "and not really be scared to look terrible."

Transactions

Wednesday: Traded third baseman Juan Uribe and pitcher Chris Withrow to the Braves in exchange for infielder Alberto Callaspo and pitchers Eric Stults, Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime. Stults was designated for assignment, Thomas was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and Jaime (not on the 40-man) was assigned to extended spring training at Camelback Ranch in Arizona.

Wednesday: Recalled outfielder Chris Heisey from Triple-A Oklahoma City; designated pitcher Sergio Santos for assignment.

Saturday: Activated Grandal from the seven-day concussion disabled list; optioned Heisey to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Saturday: Stults cleared waivers and was sent outright to Double-A Tulsa.

Sunday: Relief pitcher Paco Rodriguez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left elbow strain; right-hander Matt West was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Game Results

Upcoming Week

The Dodgers run the Danny Sheaffer gauntlet, with a four-game series against the Rockies at Coors Field, then four games back home for a second straight weekend series against the Cardinals. There are a pair of TBA pitchers for Tuesday's doubleheader, with Zach Lee or Joe Wieland the only real options for the Dodgers in Game 1, and David Hale in line to be called up from Triple-A Albuquerque to start Game 2 for the Rockies.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1
at Col
5:40pm
2
at Col (DH)
12:10/5:40pm
3
at Col
5:10pm
4
vs StL
7:10pm
5
vs StL
7:10pm
6
vs StL
7:10pm
7
vs StL
5:08pm
Kershaw v.
(R) Kendrick
Lee (?) v.
(L) De La Rosa
Greinke v. (R) Hale (?)
Bolsinger v.
(R) Bettis
Frias v.
(R) Wacha
Anderson v.
(R) Martinez
Kershaw v.
(L) Garcia
Greinke v.
(R) Lynn
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Previous weeks in review

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7

Week 8 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Guerrero
14
13
2
3
1
0
2
3
1
0/0 .231/.286/.769
1.055
Grandal
8
6
1
1
0
0
1
3
2
0/0 .167/.375/.667
1.042
Pederson
26
24
2
9
1
0
1
1
2
0/0 .375/.423/.542
.965
Ethier
21
19
2
6
1
0
1
4
2
0/0 .316/.381/.526
.907
Turner
22
19
2
7
1
0
0
2
2
0/0 .368/.455/.421
.876
Kendrick
25
22
4
6
1
0
0
2
3
0/0 .273/.360/.318
.678
Ellis
14
11
2
2
1
0
0
1
3
0/0 .182/.357/.273
.630
Gonzalez
26
24
3
5
0
0
1
3
1
0/0 .208/.269/.333
.603
Rollins
24
24
4
5
1
0
1
1
0
0/1
.208/.208/.375
.583

Uribe
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0/0 -----/1.000/-----
1.000
Callaspo
6
5
0
1
0
0
0
1
1
0/0 .200/.333/.200
.533
Van Slyke
7
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0/0 .000/.000/.000
.000
Heisey
4
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Hernandez
3
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0/0
.000/.000/.000 .000
Barnes
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0/0
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Pitchers 14 13 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 1/0 .231/.286/.231 .516
Totals 215 194 22 48 7
0 7 22 19 1/1 .247/.321/.382 .713
Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Kershaw 1 1-0 -- 7 4 0 0 0 10 0.00 0.571 0.29
Frias 1 1-0 -- 7 5 1 0 2 3 0.00 1.000 3.15
Greinke 1 0-0 -- 6 3 1 1 2 9 1.50 0.833 3.32
Anderson 2 0-1 -- 13 12 4 4 5 8 2.77 1.308 3.84
Bolsinger 1 0-1 -- 6 7 2 2 3 3 3.00 1.667 3.65
Starters 6 2-2 -- 39 31 8 7 12 33 1.62 1.103 2.97
Liberatore 3 1-0 -- 3 2 0 0 2 3 0.00 1.333 2.15
Garcia 3 0-0 -- 2⅔ 2 0 0 0 5 0.00 0.750 (0.60)
Nicasio 2 0-0 -- 2⅓ 1 0 0 1 2 0.00 0.857 1.44
Howell 2 0-0 -- 1⅓ 0 1 0 2 1 0.00 1.500 6.15
Jansen 1 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.000 1.15
Santos 1 0-0 -- 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.000 3.15
Rodriguez 1 0-0 -- 2 0 0 0 0 0.00 6.000 3.15
Hatcher 3 0-1 -- 1⅓ 4 4 4 3 0 27.00 5.250 9.90
West Did not pitch
Relievers 6 1-1 1 13 12 5 4 8 12 2.77 1.539 2.69
Totals 6 3-3 1 52 43 13 11 20 45 1.90 1.212 2.90
*FIP is estimated