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Dodgers Week 14: Sweet relief

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Dodgers relief pitchers were so busy last week, they even caught infield popups.
Dodgers relief pitchers were so busy last week, they even caught infield popups.
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The All-Star break is finally here, and the Dodgers head into their four days off with three straight wins to complete a 4-3 week. The Dodgers have won 18 of their last 26 games, but during that span have actually lost a half-game in the National League West, because San Francisco is 18-7.

Dodger Batter of the Week: Yasmani Grandal finally got some results to show for hitting the ball hard. He exploded for three home runs and five hits on Friday, and also homered and reached base eight other times during the week.

The offense had quite a few standouts during the week, with Adrian Gonzalez and Howie Kendrick particularly hot. Not to be outdone, Chase Utley had a six-hit game.

Dodger Pitcher of the Week: As much as Kenta Maeda and his 13 Sunday strikeouts were great, this award goes to Kenley Jansen, who struck out nine in his five scoreless innings. The award had to go to the bullpen this week, after Dodgers relievers pitched more innings (36) than the starters (32) all while putting up a 1.50 bullpen ERA.

Week 14 Record: 4-3
29 runs scored (4.14 per game)
31 runs allowed (4.43 per game)
.470 pythagorean winning percentage

2016 season Record: 51-40
382 runs scored (4.20 per game)
329 runs allowed (3.62 per game)
.568 pythagorean winning percentage (52-39)

Transactions

Tuesday: After eight major league starts, Julio Urias was optioned to Triple-A, with relief pitcher Luis Avilan recalled from Oklahoma City.

Thursday: Hyun-jin Ryu was activated from the 60-day disabled list for his first start in 640 days, and outfielder Will Venable was designated for assignment; Avilan was optioned to Triple-A, replaced by long-man insurance Carlos Frias.

Friday: Andrew Toles was called up and made his major league debut with a start in center field, with Frias optioned to Triple-A and infielder Cole Figueroa designated for assignment.

Friday: The Dodgers acquired minor league pitcher Alec Grosser from the Braves as the player to be named later to complete the June 30 trade for Bud Norris.

Game Results

Upcoming Week

Sweet, merciful rest is here for 23 of the 25 Dodgers currently on the active roster, with four days off before starting back up Friday in Phoenix. Corey Seager and Kenley Jansen head to San Diego, along with Clayton Kershaw, for the All-Star Game in San Diego.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
11
HR Derby
5pm
12
All-Star Game
5pm
13
Off
14
Off
15
at Ari
6:40pm
16
at Ari
5:10pm
17
at Ari
1:10pm
C.Seager v.
(R) J.Seager
National v.
American
Norris v.
(R) TBD
McCarthy v.
(R) TBD
Maeda v.
(L) TBD
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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 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Grandal 24 20 4 9 0 0 4 7 4 0/0 .450/.542/1.050 1.592
Gonzalez 32 25 4 11 4 0 1 5 7 0/0 .440/.563/.720 1.283
Kendrick 28 26 2 10 4 0 1 5 2 0/1 .385/.429/.654 1.082
Utley 25 23 3 9 2 0 0 2 2 0/0 .391/.440/.478 .918
Puig 29 22 5 5 1 0 1 3 5 0/0 .227/.379/.409 .788
Turner 29 26 3 5 1 0 2 4 2 0/0 .192/.241/.462 .703
Seager 33 30 4 7 2 1 0 2 3 0/0 .233/.303/.367 .670
Thompson 26 25 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0/0 .080/.115/.120 .235

Toles 7 7 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 .286/.286/.429 .714
Van Slyke 14 12 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 .250/.357/.250 .607
Ellis 8 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 .167/.375/.167 .542
Taylor 7 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 .167/.286/.167 .452
Venable 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000

Pitchers 13 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .091/.091/.091 .182
Totals 280 244 29 66 16
1 9 28 30 0/1 .270/.353/.455 .807
Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Maeda 2 1-1 -- 11 9 5 5 3 18 4.09 0.833 3.16
Norris 1 0-0 -- 5 6 3 3 2 5 5.40 1.600 4.96
McCarthy 1 1-0 -- 5 3 3 3 3 6 5.40 1.200 5.16
Kazmir 1 0-0 -- 3 6 3 3 3 5 9.00 3.000 7.16
Ryu 1 0-1 -- 4⅔ 8 6 6 2 4 11.57 2.143 4.87
Urias 1 0-0 -- 3⅓ 6 5 5 2 3 13.50 2.400 3.16
Starters 7 2-2 -- 32 38 25 25 15 41 7.03 1.656 4.25
Baez 3 1-0 -- 5⅔ 1 0 0 0 6 0.00 0.176 1.04
Jansen 5 0-0 3 5 1 0 0 1 9 0.00 0.400 0.16
Blanton 5 1-0 -- 4⅔ 2 0 0 0 4 0.00 0.429 2.09
Frias 1 0-0 -- 4 2 0 0 1 3 0.00 0.750 2.41
Liberatore 3 0-0 -- 2⅔ 0 0 0 0 5 0.00 0.000 (0.59)
Howell 2 0-0 -- 2 3 0 0 3 2 0.00 3.000 4.16
Avilan 2 0-0 -- 2 0 0 0 1 3 0.00 0.500 1.66
Fien 3 0-0 -- 2⅓ 2 1 1 1 3 3.86 1.286 7.45
Hatcher 3 0-1 -- 3⅔ 4 2 2 0 5 4.91 1.091 1.25
Coleman 4 0-0 -- 4 7 3 3 0 0 6.75 1.750 6.41
Relievers 7 2-1 3 36 22 6 6 7 40 1.50 0.806 2.33
Totals 7 4-3 3 68 60 31 31 22 81 4.10 1.206 3.23
*FIP is estimated