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Dodgers Week 13: Overcoming obstacles

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Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers got terrible news this week with Clayton Kershaw sideline with a herniated disc in his back, and also lost starting center fielder Joc Pederson to a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder.

But even with the losses, the Dodgers were able to limit the losses on the field, winning six of seven games in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee plus back home against the Rockies. The club has won 12 of its last 16 and 14 of its last 19 games.

Even without Kershaw, the club got strong pitching from just about everyone, and the offense did what it had to do.

Dodger Batter of the Week: A little rest did wonders for Adrian Gonzalez, who was recharged after two days out of the starting lineup in Pittsburgh. He responded by hitting nearly .500 (10-for-21) while leading the club with six RBI during the week. The offense did its job all week, averaging a tick under five runs per game, with help from Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig, Justin Turner and Yasmani Grandal, too.

Dodger Pitcher of the Week: Bud Norris had as good a Dodgers debut as could have been reasonably expected, throwing six scoreless innings to beat the Rockies, striking out eight while allowing only two hits. He narrowly beat out Brandon McCarthy, who returned from Tommy John surgery Sunday to pitch five scoreless innings. Really, in a week the Dodgers found out they would be without Clayton Kershaw for an undisclosed but significant amount of time, the entire starting rotation looked great.

Week 13 Record: 6-1
34 runs scored (4.86 per game)
19 runs allowed (2.71 per game)
.744 pythagorean winning percentage

2016 season Record: 47-37
353 runs scored (4.20 per game)
298 runs allowed (3.55 per game)
.577 pythagorean winning percentage (48-36)

Transactions

Monday: Nick Tepesch was claimed off waivers from the Dodgers by the A's.

Tuesday: The Dodgers claimed infielder Cole Figueroa off waivers from the Pirates.

Wednesday: Brock Stewart was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City to make his major league debut. Kike Hernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with rib cage inflammation, and Alex Wood was transferred to the 60-day DL.

ThursdayAcquired pitcher Bud Norris, minor league outfielder Dian Toscano, a player to be named later and $1 million from the Braves in exchange for minor league pitchers Caleb Driks and Phil Pfeiffer. Ian Thomas was designated for assignment.

Friday: Clayton Kershaw was placed on the DL with a herniated disc, and Joc Pederson was placed on the DL with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. Norris was added to the active roster, and outfielder Will Venable was called up from Triple-A. Layne Somsen was designated for assignment.

Sunday: Brandon McCarthy was activated from the 60-day disabled list to start against Colorado, and Stewart was optioned to Triple-A. Yasiel Sierra was sent outright to the minors, as was Somsen. Thomas was released.

Game Results

Upcoming Week

The Dodgers run the Alan Wiggins gauntlet, heading into the All-Star break with the games against the Orioles then four with the Padres.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
4
vs Bal
6:10pm
5
vs Bal
7:10pm
6
vs Bal
12:10pm
7
vs SD
7:10pm
7
vs SD
7:10pm
7
vs SD
4:15pm
7
vs SD
1:10pm
Urias v.
(R) Gallardo
Maeda v.
(R) Tillman
Norris v.
(R) Gausman
TBD v.
(L) Pomeranz
TBD v.
(R) Cashner
TBD v.
(R) Perdomo
TBD v.
(L) Friedrich
SNLA/MLBN SNLA SNLA SNLA SNLA Fox 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 Stats

Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB/CS BA/OBP/SLG OPS
Gonzalez 26 21 5 10 2 0 0 6 3 0/0 .476/.538/.571 1.110
Seager 27 24 6 9 1 1 1 2 3 0/0 .375/.444/.625 1.069
Puig 24 19 3 7 2 0 0 4 3 0/0 .368/.500/.474 .974
Grandal 16 14 3 3 0 0 2 4 2 0/0 .214/.313/.643 .955
Turner 26 23 4 9 3 0 0 3 2 0/0 .391/.423/.522 .945
Thompson 30 26 4 7 1 0 2 5 4 1/0 .269/.367/.538 .905
Pederson 6 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0/0 .250/.500/.250 .750
Kendrick 31 28 4 6 3 0 0 2 2 1/0 .214/.290/.321 .612
Utley 23 20 2 3 1 0 0 0 3 0/0 .150/.261/.200 .461

Hernandez 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0/0 ----/1.000/---- 1.000
Taylor 10 10 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0/0 .200/.200/.400 .600
Van Slyke 11 10 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 .200/.182/.200 .382
Ellis 11 10 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 .100/.182/.100 .282
Venable 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000/.000/.000 .000

Pitchers 17 15 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0/0 .067/.125/.067 .192
Totals 264 227 34 61 13
2 5 31 29 2/0 .269/.357/.410 .767
Pitcher G W-L Sv IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP FIP*
Norris 1 1-0 -- 6 2 0 0 1 8 0.00 0.500 1.49
McCarthy 1 1-0 -- 5 2 0 0 1 8 0.00 0.600 0.56
Maeda 1 1-0 -- 6 3 1 1 2 6 1.50 0.833 3.16
Urias 1 1-0 -- 6 2 2 2 6 6 3.00 1.333 4.16
Kazmir 2 2-0 -- 11 7 4 4 4 14 3.27 1.000 1.98
Stewart 1 0-1 -- 5 8 5 5 2 7 9.00 2.000 3.56
Starters 7 6-1 -- 39 24 12 12 16 49 2.77 1.026 2.44
Blanton 4 0-0 -- 4 1 0 0 3 6 0.00 1.000 2.41
Jansen 3 0-0 3 3⅓ 1 0 0 1 7 0.00 0.600 (0.14)
Howell 4 0-0 -- 3⅓ 2 0 0 0 3 0.00 0.600 1.36
Liberatore 3 0-0 -- 2⅔ 0 0 0 1 3 0.00 0.375 3.16
Coleman 2 0-0 -- 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.000 3.16
Fien 3 0-0 -- 4 2 1 1 0 2 2.25 0.500 5.41
Hatcher 2 0-0 -- 3 4 3 3 2 5 9.00 2.000 10.49
Baez 3 0-0 -- 1⅔ 2 3 2 1 4 10.80 1.800 0.16
Relievers 7 0-0 3 23 13 7 6 8 30 2.35 0.913 3.42
Totals 7 6-1 3 62 37 19 18 24 79 2.61 0.984 2.81
*FIP is estimated