The Dodgers returned to Dodger Stadium and feasted off home cooking. They had two off days during the week and finished strong with four straight wins, including a rare three-game sweep of the Angels.
The Dodgers fell into a virtual tie with San Francisco for first place in the National League West in between afternoon and night games on Wednesday, but ended the week with a 2½-game lead in the division.
Dodger Batter of the Week: This was a tough choice. Andre Ethier had a stellar week, punctuated by two home runs on Sunday to beat the Angels. He and Howie Kendrick were similar in many ways, but I'm giving this to Kendrick because he played all five games, while Ethier sat twice. Kendrick basically had Ethier's week, plus a 4-for-11 (.364) streak with an extra RBI and two extra runs scored. Kendrick even stole a base.
Honorable mention goes to Yasmani Grandal, who continued to rake, hitting .444 with a home run.
Dodger Pitcher of the Week: For continuing his scoreless streak on Saturday, Clayton Kershaw takes this home. He pitched eight scoreless innings with seven strikeouts against the Angels, including a knee-buckling curve to strike out Mike Trout in the first-ever meeting between reigning MVPs.
Week 17 Record: 4-1
23 runs scored (4.60 per game)
16 runs allowed (3.20 per game)
.660 pythagorean winning percentage
Season Record: 60-45
436 runs scored (4.15 per game)
369 runs allowed (3.51 per game)
.576 pythagorean winning percentage (60-45)
Thursday: Acquired pitcher Matt Latos, outfielder / first baseman Mike Morse, and cash from the Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Victor Araujo, Jeff Brigham and Kevin Guzman.
Thursday: Acquired pitchers Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan, Bronson Arroyo, infielder Jose Peraza, and cash from the Braves in exchange for infielder Hector Olivera, pitcher Paco Rodriguez and minor league pitcher Zachary Bird.
Thursday: Added Avilan, Latos, Wood and Johnson to the 40-man roster; placed Arroyo on the 60-day disabled list; optioned Peraza to Triple-A Oklahoma City; Chris Hatcher was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Morse, Brandon Beachy, Chris Heisey and Chin-hui Tsao were designated for assignment.
Friday: Activated Avilan, Johnson and Wood; optioned pitchers Mike Bolsinger and Zach Lee to Triple-A; placed Justin Turner on the 15-day disabled list with a right thigh skin infection.
Friday: Traded Morse and cash to the Pirates in exchange for minor league outfielder Jose Tabata.
Saturday: Tsao cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Sunday: Latos was activated, and relief pitcher Yimi Garcia was optioned to Oklahoma City.
- Tuesday: Athletics 2, Dodgers 0
- Wednesday: Dodgers 10, Athletics 7
- Friday: Dodgers 5, Angels 3
- Saturday: Dodgers 3, Angels 1
- Sunday: Dodgers 5, Angels 3 (10)
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Week 17 Stats
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