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Dodgers August review: Perseverance

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The Dodgers in August were no-hit twice, the first team to suffer two no-hitters in the same month since the Reds in June 1971.

The Dodgers also lost three key players to hamstring injuries — Howie Kendrick, Yasiel Puig and Kiké Hernandez are all on the disabled list — one for each game they gained on San Francisco during the month.

Dodger Batter of August: Andre Ethier was on fire during the month, hitting .375/.420/.625, and the next three highest OPS in the month were all by the trio that were hurt by hamstring injuries.

Dodger Pitcher of August: Clayton Kershaw continued his red-hot stretch, allowing seven runs and six walks in his six starts, with 51 strikeouts in 45 innings.

August record: 15-12
104 runs scored (3.85 per game)
103 runs allowed (3.81 per game)
.504 pythagorean winning percentage (14-13)

August National League West Standings
Club W-L Pct GB RS RA
Dodgers
15-12 .556 --- 104 103
San Diego
14-14 .500
135 127
San Francisco
13-16 .448 3 124 114
Arizona 13-17 .433 140 130
Colorado 10-18 .357 117 157

2015 record: 73-57
532 runs scored (4.09 per game)
468 runs allowed (3.60 per game)
.572 pythagorean winning percentage (73-57)

National League West Standings through August 31
Club W-L Pct GB RS RA
Dodgers
73-57 .562 --- 532 468
San Francisco 69-62 .527 564 503
Arizona 64-67 .489 536 576
San Diego 63-68 .481 10½ 588 565
Colorado 53-76 .411 19½ 578 682

Game of the Month: Things got weird on the final day of the month. Clayton kershaw was used as a pinch hitter, Chris Hatcher batted for himself and pitched three scoreless innings for the win, and Adrian Gonzalez hit a fly ball single with the bases loaded for a 14-inning walk-off win over the Giants.

Weirdest month: I defy you to find a stranger month than that of Joc Pederson in August. On on hand he was 6-for-50 (.120). The last two Dodgers with at least 50 at-bats in a month and no more than six hits were Luis Cruz (5-for-56) in April 2013 and Bill Buckner (6-for-50) in June 1975. But Pederson also walked 21 times for a .384 on-base percentage. The only other Dodger since 1914 with at least 20 walks and single-digit hits in a month was Rube Bressler (eight hits, 20 walks) in April 1928.

Pinch Hitting: For the month, Dodger pinch hitters were 6-for-34 with a double and three walks, hitting .176/.237/.206.

Runners in Scoring Position: In August, the Dodgers hit .230/.306/.390 with runners in scoring position in 248 plate appearances, with eight doubles and eight home runs.

They had a runner on third base with less than two outs 48 times in August, and got the runner home 22 times, or 45.8 percent (the entire National League scored 418 of 785 times, 53.3 percent).

They had a runner on second base with nobody out 36 times in August, and the runner advanced 22 times, or 61.1 percent (the entire NL advanced the runner 316 of 590 times, 53.6 percent).

Bases loaded: The Dodgers were 3-for-20 with the bases loaded in August, with a triple, hitting .150/.150/.250.

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

August weeks in review: Aug 3 | Aug 10 | Aug 17 | Aug 24 | Aug 31

August Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Ethier 69 64 9 24 5 1 3 8 5 1/1 .375/.420/.625 1.045
Kendrick 37 36 9 14 3 0 1 6 1 1/0 .389/.405/.556 .961
Hernandez 74 68 5 24 3 0 3 9 5 0/1 .353/.397/.529 .927
Puig 78 72 9 19 1 1 4 12 6 2/1 .264/.321/.472 .793
Gonzalez 113 103 11 25 2 0 4 17 7 0/0 .243/.301/.379 .680
Rollins 122 114 17 28 7 0 2 8 8 1/0 .246/.295/.360 .655
Pederson 74 50 7 6 1 0 2 4 21 1/0 .120/.384/.260 .644
Utley 41 36 3 7 3 1 0 1 2 0/0 .194/.293/.333 .626
Grandal 68 58 3 10 1 0 1 5 9 0/0 .172/.279/.241 .521
Turner 64 56 6 9 1 0 2 8 6 1/0 .161/.234/.286 .520
Starters 740 657 79 166 27 3 22 78 70 7/3 .253/.328/.403 .731
Ellis 43 32 8 8 2 0 2 5 11 0/0 .250/.442/.500 .942
Peraza 13 11 2 3 1 1 0 1 2 3/0 .273/.385/.445 .930
Crawford 58 53 6 16 2 0 1 7 5 6/1 .302/.362/.396 .758
Van Slyke 49 42 1 9 2 0 1 4 5 2/0 .214/.306/.333 .639
Callaspo 40 37 1 10 1 0 0 1 3 0/0 .270/.325/.297 .622
Guerrero 28 27 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .148/.179/.148 .327
Barnes 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000
Bench 232 203 19 50 8 1 4 18 26 11/1 .246/.336/.355 .691
Pitchers 52 43 6 8 0 0 2 2 1 0/0 .186/.222/.326 .548
Totals 1024 903 104 224 35 4 28 98 97 18/4 .248/.325/.389 .714

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Pitcher G W-L Sv/BS IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Kershaw 6 3-0 -- 45 29 7 7 6 51 1.40 0.778 1.85
Greinke 5 4-1 -- 33 25 10 9 6 36 2.45 0.939 2.62
Wood 6 2-3 -- 35 35 16 16 15 28 4.11 1.429 3.87
Anderson 6 3-2 -- 34⅔ 38 20 17 9 19 4.41 1.356 4.25
Latos 4 0-2 -- 19⅓ 22 14 13 6 13 6.05 1.448 3.85
Starters 27 12-8 -- 167 149 67 62 42 147 3.34 1.144 3.15
Hatcher 8 1-1 -- 8⅓ 5 1 1 3 11 1.08 0.960 3.43
Garcia 5 0-1 -- 7⅓ 4 1 1 0 4 1.23 0.545 1.98
Nicasio 8 0-0 -- 7 8 1 1 6 8 1.29 2.000 3.36
Jansen 13 0-0 9/1 13 9 2 2 2 20 1.38 0.846 0.45
Baez 11 1-0 0/1 11⅓ 11 4 4 0 12 3.18 0.971 2.10
Howell 12 1-0 -- 7⅓ 14 3 3 2 7 3.68 2.182 5.52
Avilan 10 0-0 -- 8 4 4 4 4 10 4.50 1.000 2.45
Johnson 12 0-2 1/0 10⅔ 18 15 15 4 12 12.66 2.063 5.51
Peralta 4 0-0 -- 3⅓ 7 5 5 0 3 13.50 2.100 12.97
Relievers 27 3-4 10/2 76 80 36 36 21 87 4.24 1.323 3.38
Totals 27 15-12 10/2 243 229 103 98 63 234 3.62 1.200 3.23
*FIP is estimated