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Dodgers Week 15: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke at their peak

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All in all, it was a pretty good week for the Dodgers. They were well represented in the All-Star Game with five players plus manager Don Mattingly. On Monday, Joc Pederson took a turn on the national stage with an amazing Home Run Derby performance but was narrowly defeated by hometown favorite Todd Frazier.

Then the Dodgers got their "second half" off to a solid start with two wins in a three-game series against the first-place Nationals, with their only loss coming in a game that mimicked Ted McGinley's lights-out strategy in Major League 3: Back to the Minors.

Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke were at the forefront of it all, with two dominant performances against the Nationals, the kind of performances people point to when giving the Dodgers any type of edge in a short playoff series. That will have to continue in October of course for the Dodgers to cash in, but the current incarnations of Kershaw and Greinke are in peak form.

Both have long active scoreless streaks, with Greinke at 43⅔ innings and Kershaw at 20 innings.

Dodger Batter of the Week: When I asked Adrian Gonzalez about hitting five home runs on the 10-game homestand just before the All-Star break, he was quick to say, "Five home runs and two hits," referring to his 7-for-35 (.200) performance at home. Over the weekend in Washington D.C., Gonzalez again had seven hits, this time in 11 at-bats, including two home runs.

Dodger Pitcher of the Week: This should probably be a tie, but in the spirit of only choosing one winner per week, Clayton Keshaw narrowly edges Zack Greinke. Both allowed a run (Greinke) or runs (Kershaw) in Tuesday's All-Star Game, but when it really counted both didn't allow a thing, each tossing eight scoreless frames against Washington. Kershaw gets the edge for striking out 14 to Greinke's 11, and for walking zero to Greinke's one, while both allowed three hits.

Week 15 Record: 2-1
12 runs scored (4.00 per game)
7 runs allowed (2.33 per game)
.728 pythagorean winning percentage

Season Record: 53-40
388 runs scored (4.17 per game)
321 runs allowed (3.45 per game)
.586 pythagorean winning percentage (54-39)

Transactions

Saturday: Recalled pitcher Zach Lee from Triple-A Oklahoma City as the 26th man for Saturday's second game; Lee was optioned back to Triple-A after the game.

Miscellany

Gonzalez hit two home runs in the same game, but on different days.

Game Results

Upcoming Week

The Dodgers run the Felix Millan gauntlet, in Atlanta for three games against the Braves, then four in New York against the Mets to finish off the road trip.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
20
at Atl
4:10pm
21
at Atl
4:10pm
22
at Atl
9:10am
23
at NYM
4:10pm
24
at NYM
4:10pm
25
at NYM
4:10pm
26
at NYM
10:10am
Beachy v.
(R) Wisler
Anderson v.
(L) Wood
Bolsinger v.
(R) Teheran
Kershaw v.
(R) Colon
Greinke v.
(L) Niese
Beachy v.
(R) Harvey
Anderson v.
(R) deGrom
SNLA SNLA SNLA/MLBN SNLA/MLBN SNLA/MLBN SNLA SNLA/TBS

Previous weeks in review

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13 | Week 14

Week 15 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Gonzalez 14 11 4 7 1 0 2 3 3 0/0 .636/.714/1.273 1.987
Puig 14 12 0 5 0 0 0 4 2 0/0 .417/.500/.417 .917
Turner 11 10 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .400/.455/.400 .855
Ethier 14 13 2 5 1 0 0 2 0 0/0 .385/.357/.462 .819
Kendrick 14 13 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .385/.385/.385 .769
Pederson 15 13 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 .231/.333/.231 .564
Grandal 7 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 .200/.333/.200 .533
Rollins 13 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 .000/.154/.000 .154

Ellis 7 7 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .286/.286/.286 .571
Callaspo 6 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .167/.167/.167 .333
Hernandez 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Guerrero 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Van Slyke Did not play this week ----/----/---- ---

Pitchers 8 8 0 1 0
0 0 0 0 0/0 .125/.125/.125 .250
Totals 125 111 12 34 2
0 2 11 9 0/1 .306/.366/.378 .744
Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Kershaw 1 1-0 -- 8 3 0 0 0 14 0.00 0.375 (0.35)
Greinke 1 1-0 -- 8 3 0 0 1 11 0.00 0.500 0.78
Bolsinger 1 0-0 -- 4 2 1 1 2 2 2.25 1.000 2.90
Anderson Did not pitch this week --- --- ---
Beachy Did not pitch this week --- --- ---
Starters 3 2-0 -- 20 8 1 1 3 27 0.45 0.550 0.75
Howell 2 0-0 -- 1 2 0 0 1 0 0.00 3.000 6.15
Peralta 1 0-0 -- 1 0 0 1 0 0.00 3.000 3.15
Tsao 1 0-0 -- 2 2 2 2 1 2 9.00 1.500 9.15
Baez 1 0-1 -- 1⅓ 2 2 2 0 1 13.50 1.500 11.40
Jansen 1 0-0 -- 1 2 2 2 0 3 18.00 2.000 10.15
Nicasio Did not pitch this week --- --- ---
Liberatore Did not pitch this week --- --- ---
Relievers 3 0-1 -- 6 9 6 6 3 6 9.00 2.000 8.65
Totals 3 2-1 -- 26 17 7 7 6 33 2.42 0.885 2.57
*FIP is estimated