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Dodgers Week 18: Walking the plank

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After winning two of three games in Philadelphia, the building blocks of a promising week were afoot, but that all came crashing down after getting swept by the Pirates in Pittsburgh. The final blow saw a 5-1 lead become a 13-6 defeat on Sunday night.

The early return on the three-team, 13-player trade was mixed at best, disastrous at worst. Alex Wood looked good at times in both starts but faded late in both games. Mat Latos was bad in his second start with the Dodgers, Jim Johnson has been historically bad in relief, and Luis Avilan is at the head of the pack with a week that can be described as kind of okay, I suppose.

Even Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke had bad starts, and the result was a 2-4 week.

But because baseball is insanely weird at times, the Dodgers somehow gained a half-game in the standings, and lead San Francisco by three games in the National League West.

Dodger Batter of the Week: Howie Kendrick hit .407 with two doubles, a steal and seven runs scored, with five straight multi-hit games to end his week. He also strained his left hamstring on Sunday, so consider this a going away gift, beating out Adrian Gonzalez, who had a .915 OPS and drove in seven runs.

Highest honorable mention goes to Kike Hernandez, who almost won the award based on his five plate appearances, which consisted of two home runs, a single and a walk; and to Zack Greinke, who was 3-for-3 with a home run at the plate and scored three runs on Thursday, the first Dodgers pitcher in 45 years to score three times.

Dodger Pitcher of the Week: The pitching staff as a whole was terrible, with a horrific bullpen masking a really bad week by the starters as well. But a Brett Anderson was good, allowing one run in six innings in his win over the Phillies on Wednesday, with five strikeouts.

Week 18 Record: 2-4
31 runs scored (5.17 per game)
41 runs allowed (6.83 per game)
.375 pythagorean winning percentage

Season Record: 62-49
467 runs scored (4.21 per game)
410 runs allowed (3.69 per game)
.559 pythagorean winning percentage (62-49)

Transactions

Monday: Activated pitcher Carlos Frias from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Tuesday: Activated catcher A.J. Ellis from the disabled list, and optioned catcher Austin Barnes to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Friday: Released outfielder Chris Heisey.

Game Results

Upcoming Week

The Dodgers run the Larry Biittner gauntlet, returning home for three games against the Nationals then four against the Reds.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
10
vs. Was
7:10pm
11
vs. Was
7:10pm
12
vs. Was
7:10pm
13
vs. Cin
7:10pm
14
vs. Cin
7:10pm
15
vs. Cin
6:10pm
16
vs. Cin
1:10pm
Anderson v.
(L) Gonzalez
Greinke v.
(R) Ross
Kershaw v.
(R) Zimmermann
Latos v.
(R) Sampson
Wood v.
(R) DeSclafani
Anderson v.
(L) Holmberg
Greinke v.
(R) Lorenzen
SNLA SNLA SNLA SNLA/MLBN SNLA SNLA SNLA

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 | Week 16 | Week 17

Week 18 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Gonzalez 30 27 4 10 0 0 1 7 2 0/0 .370/.433/.481 .915
Kendrick 28 27 7 11 2 0 0 4 1 1/0 .407/.429/.481 .910
Callaspo 20 17 0 6 1 0 0 1 3 0/0 .353/.450/.412 .862
Rollins 30 27 4 8 4 0 0 2 3 1/0 .296/.367/.444 .811
Pederson 23 14 2 3 1 0 0 0 9 1/0 .214/.522/.286 .807
Ethier 24 22 2 7 1 0 0 2 2 1/0 .318/.375/.364 .739
Puig 21 19 3 4 0 0 1 3 2 0/0 .211/.286/.368 .654
Grandal 22 20 1 5 1 0 0 3 1 0/0 .250/.273/.300 .573

Hernandez 5 4 3 3 0 0 2 3 1 0/0 .750/.800/2.250 3.050
Van Slyke 8 6 0 2 1 0 0 2 2 0/0 .333/.500/.500 1.000
Crawford 10 9 1 3 1 0 0 3 1 2/0 .333/.400/.444 .844
Guerrero 9 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .222/.222/.222 .444
Ellis 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 .000/.286/.000 .286

Pitchers 16 15 4 5 0
0 1 1 0 0/0 .333/.375/.533 .908
Totals 253 221 31 69 12
0 5 31 29 6/0 .312/.395/.434 .830
Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Anderson 1 1-0 -- 6 4 1 1 2 5 1.50 1.000 2.48
Wood 2 0-1 -- 11⅓ 13 7 7 5 13 5.56 1.588 3.33
Kershaw 1 0-0 -- 6 9 4 4 2 5 6.00 1.833 5.15
Greinke 1 1-0 -- 6 7 6 6 2 8 9.00 1.500 3.65
Latos 1 0-1 -- 4 7 6 6 1 0 13.50 2.000 10.40
Starters 6 2-2 -- 33⅓ 40 24 24 12 31 6.48 1.560 4.41
Baez 2 0-0 -- 3 2 0 0 0 3 0.00 0.667 1.15
Nicasio 3 0-0 -- 2⅔ 3 0 0 1 4 0.00 1.500 2.40
Jansen 2 0-0 2 1⅔ 2 0 0 0 3 0.00 1.200 (0.45)
Howell 2 0-0 -- 1⅓ 2 0 0 0 2 0.00 1.500 0.15
Avilan 3 0-0 -- 3 2 1 1 3 4 3.00 1.667 4.48
Peralta 4 0-0 -- 3⅓ 7 5 5 0 3 13.50 2.100 13.05
Johnson 3 0-2 -- 2⅔ 10 11 11 3 4 37.13 4.875 9.53
Relievers 6 0-2 2 17 28 17 17 7 23 8.66 1.981 5.19
Totals 6 2-4 2 51 68 41 41 19 54 7.24 1.706 4.68
*FIP is estimated