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A look at some records and some quirks from the season.

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The regular season is done, and before we jump full bore into coverage of the National League Division Series, here is a look back at some of the notable facts and figures from the 2016 Dodgers season.

Dodgers pitchers led the majors in both strikeouts (1,510) and strikeout rate (25.1%), setting franchise records for both. They struck out 114 more batters than in 2015, topping the previous franchise record by 8.2 percent.

Of the 31 different pitchers used by the Dodgers — tying their franchise record, set in 2015 — 15 (almost half) had at least as many strikeouts as innings pitched.

The trio of Kenley Jansen (104), Pedro Baez (83) and Joe Blanton (80) gave the Dodgers three pitchers with at least 80 strikeouts in relief for the first time ever.

Kenley Jansen recorded all 47 Dodgers saves in 2016, the first time since 1919 they only had one player record a save (many of these are retroactive, as the save wasn’t an official statistic until 1969).

Kenta Maeda led the Dodgers with 175⅔ innings, the fewest innings for a Dodgers leader since Ramon Martinez (170) in the strike-shortened 1994 season. This is the first non-strike season since World War II that the Dodgers didn’t have a pitcher throw 200 innings.

The Dodgers bullpen led the majors in both appearances (607) and innings pitched (590⅔), setting franchise records for both.

Blanton finished fifth on the Dodgers in innings (80) and fourth in wins (7).

Clayton Kershaw put up a 0.725 WHIP in 149 innings, the lowest WHIP in MLB history with a minimum of 100 innings, and just the fourth pitcher to post a sub-.800 WHIP in a season, joining Hall of Famers Walter Johnson and Pedro Martinez, and Guy Hecker.

Kershaw finished with 172 strikeouts and 11 walks, the most strikeouts by any pitcher in history with no more than 15 walks. Phil Hughes in 2014 had 186 strikeouts with 16 walks, setting the MLB record with an 11.63 strikeout-to-walk ratio for pitchers to qualify for the ERA title. Kershaw, who fell 13 innings shy of qualifying, had a 15.64 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Despite the low innings total, Kershaw tied for the National League lead in FanGraphs pitching WAR (6.5), and finished tied for second in the Baseball-Reference version of WAR (5.6).

Kershaw (12-4) was the second starting pitcher in the last 97 years with more wins than walks, with a minimum of 10 wins, joining Brett Saberhagen and his 14 wins and 13 walks for the 1994 Mets.

Julio Urias, who at 19 years, 289 days old on May 27 was the youngest Dodgers starting pitcher in 51 years, ended up fourth on the team with 15 starts.

Urias, who more than held his own with a 3.39 ERA and 3.17 FIP, set a Dodgers record with 84 strikeouts, the most by a pitcher in his age-19 season or younger, beating Ralph Branca’s 1945 season by 15 whiffs.

The Dodgers got a whopping 70 starts out of rookie pitchers in 2016, second-most in franchise history, and the most since 1903 (77 starts).

Chase Utley did not ground into a double play in 565 plate appearances, the first player to qualify for the batting title without a GIDP since Craig Biggio in 1997.

Yasmani Grandal led all major league catchers with 27 home runs. The only catchers in Dodgers history with more home runs in a season are Roy Campanella and Mike Piazza, each with four such seasons.

Grandal on Sept. 22 became the first Dodger with a home run from both sides of the plate in the same game since Orlando Hudson on July 12, 2009 at Milwaukee.

Grandal’s 20 home runs at home were the most by a Dodger since Andre Ethier (22) in 2009.

Justin Turner tied for the team lead in home runs (27) and RBI (90). He set career highs in both categories in 2016, as well as runs (79), doubles (34), triples (3), walks (48) and total bases (274).

Turner hit 26 of his 27 home runs as a third baseman, just the fifth Dodger ever at the hot corner to hit 25 home runs in a season while playing third. He joined Ron Cey (four times), Adrian Beltre, Todd Zeile and Pedro Guerrero.

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers
Justin Turner and Clayton Kershaw made their marks on the 2016 Dodgers
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Adrian Gonzalez tied for the team lead in RBI, his 10th consecutive season with at least 90 runs batted in. He is the only player in the majors with 90+ RBI in each of the last 10 years.

12 different Dodgers drove in four or more runs in a game in 2016.

Gonzalez also hit 31 doubles, his seventh straight season with 30 or more doubles.

Corey Seager hit .308/.365/.512 with 40 doubles and 26 home runs as a rookie, the first rookie since Albert Pujols in 2001 with 40 doubles and 25 home runs.

Seager combined with brother Kyle Seager of the Mariners for 56 home runs, and became the first pair of brothers to each hit at least 26 home runs in the same year.

Seager set LA Dodgers rookie records in doubles (40), hits (193), runs scored (105) and total bases (321). He finished second to Mike Piazza (1993) in batting average and home runs (tied with Joc Pederson), and third in on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

Seager’s 26 home runs were the most in a season by any Dodgers shortstop, and he was the first Dodger with 300 total bases since Matt Kemp in 2011.

The Dodgers stole 45 bases in 2016, their lowest total since 1944.

The 2016 Dodgers used 55 players, tying the franchise record set last year.

Pederson followed his 26-homer rookie season with 25 home runs in 2016, his age-24 season, joining Duke Snider as the only Dodgers with two 25-homer seasons through age 24.

Grandal, Turner, Seager and Pederson gave the Dodgers a quartet of 25-homer hitters for just the fourth time in franchise history, and the first time since 1997.

Seager, Grandal and Gonzalez each hit three home runs in a game this season, matching the Dodgers’ total for the previous 10 years combined. The only other season in franchise history with three players hitting at least three home runs in a game was in 1950, when Gil Hodges (4), Roy Campanella and Tommy Brown turned the trick.

The Dodgers had eight players with 10 or more home runs, one shy of the franchise record of nine players set in 2004.

With Seager (.512), Pederson (.495), Turner (.493) and Grandal (.477), the Dodgers had four players with a .475 or better slugging percentage in at least 400 plate appearances for just the second time since moving to Los Angeles, also accomplishing the feat in 2006.