LOS ANGELES — In a week that saw Vin Scully say goodbye to an adoring city in the final home broadcasts of his amazing 67-year career, the Dodgers on the field were on fire.
They beat the rival Giants in two of three games, made multiple sets of “Don’t Look at Me” shirts, then swept the Rockies in a four-game series for the first time ever, ending with a walk-off home run to win the National League West for Scully’s final call at Dodger Stadium.
They did that all while using 38 of the 40 players on the active roster.
Batter of the week
Yasmani Grandal continued his fine season, hitting .412 (7-for-17) with three extra-base hits and three walks. He drove in seven runs on the week, five of them on Thursday, when his grand slam was one of two home runs, the first Dodger with home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game since Orlando Hudson on July 12, 2009.
Joc Pederson gets honorable mention despite hitting two balls all week. He had a home run and a two-run single with four strikeouts in his six at-bats, but added a hit by pitch and eight walks for a whopping .733 on-base percentage for the week. Charlie Culberson also gets a mention for going 4-for-7 (.571) before his iconic home run to send the Dodgers into the postseason.
Pitcher of the week
Clayton Kershaw is looking very much like Clayton Kershaw again. He made two starts last week, his third and fourth outings since returning from the disabled list, and he allowed just one unearned run in 13 innings, with 13 strikeouts. He did walk a batter though, so maybe something went terribly wrong.
Week 25 results
41 runs scored (5.86 per game)
16 runs allowed (2.29 per game)
.848 pythagorean record
2016 season to date
706 runs scored (4.53 per game)
602 runs allowed (3.86 per game)
.572 pythagorean record (89-67)
Veteran tryout starters: Three of the Dodgers’ four starters against the Rockies were veterans activated from the disabled list, trying to make one last impression for a possible postseason start. The most impressive was Brandon McCarthy, who pitched into the sixth inning on Sunday, allowing only two runs while walking just one.
McCarthy had the largest recent hole to climb out of, having suffered from the yips. After never walking more than four in any career start, McCarthy walked five batters in three straight starts, and was placed on the DL after hi August 13 start.
“ It all got really bad. This last month has been a fairly miserable month. You don't know if it's going to be the end of your career,” McCarthy said. “The last two weeks have been a nice bright spot. To get back and be part of this, is more than I can ask for."
Monday: Micah Johnson was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Tuesday: Alex Wood was activated from the 60-day DL, and Bud Norris was designated for assignment.
Thursday: Brett Anderson was activated from the disabled list.
Sunday: Brandon McCarthy was activated from the disabled list.
Current roster total: 40 (18 position players, 22 pitchers)
Monday: Dodgers 2, Giants 1
Tuesday: Giants 2, Dodgers 0
Wednesday: Dodgers 9, Giants 3
Thursday: Dodgers 7, Rockies 4
Friday: Dodgers 5, Rockies 2
Saturday: Dodgers 14, Rockies 1
Sunday: Dodgers 4, Rockies 3 (10)
With NLDS home field advantage up for grabs, the Dodgers close out their regular season by running the Willie Montanez gauntlet, with three games in San Diego and three in San Francisco. The Dodgers’ weekend rotation hasn’t been finalized; in reality, Clayton Kershaw will start Friday or Saturday, and Rich Hill Saturday or Sunday.
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Previous weeks in review
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Week 25 stats