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Dodgers September review: Stumbling down the stretch

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The Dodgers over the first five months of the season built themselves quite a cushion, then spent most of September using nearly all of it. In a season full of extremes, the final month featured an 11-game losing streak, the longest for the team in 73 years.

Then they won eight of their last 10 games, with the final two wins ensuring the Dodgers wouldn’t have the worst September of any MLB playoff team ever. At 13-17 (.433), they finished tied for the 12th-worst final month for a playoff team.

Batter of September

Justin Turner hit .296/.396/.521 for the month with four home runs, seven doubles and 13 RBI. He also walked nine times and was hit five times, setting an LA Dodgers seasonal record along the way with 19 hit by pitches in 2017.

Pitcher of September

Rich Hill allowed six runs in his five starts, posting a 1.86 ERA with 40 strikeouts and eight walks in 29 innings. He started and won the division clincher, striking out nine Giants in his six innings on Sept. 22. Hill finished his month and regular season with 12 consecutive scoreless innings.

September standings

Team W-L Pct GB Runs scored Runs allowed
Team W-L Pct GB Runs scored Runs allowed
Diamondbacks 17-11 .607 ---- 157 116
Rockies 15-14 .517 143 124
Dodgers 13-17 .433 5 114 133
Giants 11-15 .423 5 107 115
Padres 12-17 .414 95 157

Record: 13-17
114 runs scored (3.80 per game)
133 runs allowed (4.43 per game)
.430 pythagorean winning percentage (13-17)

Final NL West standings

Team W-L Pct GB Runs scored Runs allowed
Team W-L Pct GB Runs scored Runs allowed
Dodgers 104-58 .642 ---- 770 580
Diamondbacks 93-69 .574 11 812 659
Rockies 87-75 .537 17 824 757
Padres 71-91 .438 33 604 816
Giants 64-98 .395 40 639 776

Record: 104-58
770 runs scored (4.75 per game)
580 runs allowed (3.58 per game)
.627 pythagorean winning percentage (102-60)

Game of the month

The Dodgers clinched the NL West on Sept. 22 with a 4-2 win against the Giants, with Rich Hill striking out nine in the win and also adding an RBI double. Cody Bellinger gave the Dodgers the lead with a three-run home run, breaking the National League rookie record for home runs.

Situational stats

Pinch hitting: Dodgers pinch hitters were 19-for-89 with five doubles, four home runs, a triple and eight walks in September, hitting a less than Swift .213/.286/.427.

Runners in scoring position: The Dodgers hit just .189/.294/.356 with RISP in September, with eight home runs and 13 doubles in 281 plate appearances.

Bases loaded: The team was 4-for-17 for the month, hitting .235/.250/.294 with the bases loaded in September. Logan Forsythe had the lone extra-base hit, a double.

September weeks in review: Sept. 4 | Sept. 11 | Sept. 18 | Sept. 25 | Oct. 2

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

The month ahead

Playoffs!

Stats

September batting

Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP SH SF PA BA OBP SLG OPS BABIP Player
Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP SH SF PA BA OBP SLG OPS BABIP Player
Turner 81 11 24 7 0 4 13 1 0 9 13 5 0 1 96 0.296 0.396 0.531 0.927 0.308 Turner
Puig 84 10 24 8 0 4 12 3 2 7 14 1 0 1 93 0.286 0.344 0.524 0.868 0.299 Puig
Bellinger 103 16 26 7 2 5 18 1 1 16 34 0 0 1 120 0.252 0.350 0.505 0.855 0.323 Bellinger
Utley 47 7 11 4 1 1 5 1 0 3 9 1 0 0 51 0.234 0.294 0.426 0.720 0.270 Utley
Seager 81 10 17 3 0 3 12 1 1 7 21 2 0 1 91 0.210 0.286 0.358 0.644 0.241 Seager
Forsythe 71 8 14 5 0 2 8 0 0 8 11 1 0 0 80 0.197 0.288 0.352 0.640 0.207 Forsythe
Grandal 65 7 10 2 0 4 9 0 0 11 28 0 0 2 78 0.154 0.269 0.369 0.638 0.171 Grandal
Granderson 71 10 13 2 0 3 4 1 0 9 18 1 0 0 81 0.183 0.284 0.338 0.622 0.200 Granderson
Taylor 101 13 22 3 1 3 7 2 1 6 24 0 0 1 108 0.218 0.259 0.356 0.616 0.253 Taylor
Starters 704 92 161 41 4 29 88 10 5 76 172 11 0 7 798 0.229 0.311 0.422 0.733 0.259 Starters
Barnes 50 6 13 4 0 2 9 0 0 10 11 2 0 0 62 0.260 0.403 0.460 0.863 0.297 Barnes
Gonzalez 19 1 5 2 0 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 20 0.263 0.300 0.526 0.826 0.250 Gonzalez
Ethier 34 3 8 1 0 2 3 0 0 4 10 0 0 0 38 0.235 0.316 0.441 0.757 0.273 Ethier
Hernandez 39 6 10 4 0 0 3 0 0 5 8 0 0 1 45 0.256 0.333 0.359 0.692 0.313 Hernandez
Pederson 22 1 4 2 0 0 2 2 0 6 6 0 0 0 28 0.182 0.357 0.273 0.630 0.250 Pederson
Segedin 13 2 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 13 0.231 0.231 0.385 0.615 0.375 Segedin
Verdugo 23 1 4 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 4 0 0 0 25 0.174 0.240 0.304 0.544 0.167 Verdugo
Farmer 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.250 0.250 0.250 0.500 0.250 Farmer
Culberson 13 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 15 0.154 0.267 0.231 0.497 0.222 Culberson
Dickson 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 9 0.143 0.333 0.143 0.476 0.200 Dickson
Thompson 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 7 0.167 0.286 0.167 0.452 0.500 Thompson
Locastro 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 Locastro
Bench 235 21 53 16 0 6 22 3 1 33 56 2 0 1 271 0.226 0.325 0.370 0.695 0.270 Bench
Pitchers 46 1 8 2 0 0 2 0 0 3 22 0 5 0 54 0.174 0.224 0.217 0.442 0.333 Pitchers
Offense 985 114 222 59 4 35 112 13 6 112 250 13 5 8 1123 0.225 0.310 0.400 0.710 0.264 Offense

September pitching

Pitcher G GS W L Sv IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP ERA WHIP FIP Pitcher
Pitcher G GS W L Sv IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP ERA WHIP FIP Pitcher
Stripling 1 1 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.00 1.000 4.65 Stripling
Hill 5 5 3 2 29.0 14 6 6 3 8 0 40 2 1.86 0.759 2.77 Hill
Stewart 1 1 0 0 4.0 2 1 1 0 4 1 5 0 2.25 1.500 2.90 Stewart
Kershaw 6 6 3 2 33.7 35 14 13 5 6 0 34 0 3.48 1.218 3.60 Kershaw
Darvish 5 5 2 2 26.7 22 12 11 2 6 1 32 1 3.71 1.050 2.40 Darvish
Wood 5 5 2 2 29.0 29 13 13 5 8 3 24 2 4.03 1.276 4.46 Wood
Ryu 4 4 0 2 15.0 15 7 7 3 8 1 14 0 4.20 1.533 5.28 Ryu
Maeda 3 3 0 0 11.0 11 7 6 3 3 0 15 0 4.91 1.273 4.79 Maeda
Starters 30 30 10 10 0 150.3 129 60 57 21 44 6 164 5 3.41 1.151 3.64 Starters
Watson 12 0 0 10.3 6 1 1 0 3 1 10 0 0.87 0.871 1.80 Watson
Cingrani 12 0 0 10.0 7 3 1 0 4 0 14 0 0.90 1.100 1.55 Cingrani
Jansen 9 0 0 6 10.0 10 2 2 1 1 0 16 0 1.80 1.100 1.55 Jansen
Morrow 11 1 0 1 9.7 10 2 2 0 3 0 14 0 1.86 1.345 1.18 Morrow
Maeda 2 1 0 3.0 4 2 1 0 1 0 3 1 3.00 1.667 3.15 Maeda
Fields 10 0 0 1 10.0 8 5 4 2 1 0 11 0 3.60 0.900 3.85 Fields
Avilan 8 0 2 7.0 4 4 3 0 5 2 6 1 3.86 1.286 3.15 Avilan
Stewart 6 0 0 6.3 6 3 3 1 4 1 7 0 4.26 1.579 4.41 Stewart
McCarthy 3 0 0 6.0 7 4 4 0 2 0 6 0 6.00 1.500 2.15 McCarthy
Buehler 8 1 0 9.3 11 8 8 2 8 1 12 0 7.71 2.036 5.61 Buehler
Stripling 10 0 1 9.0 10 8 8 3 3 0 7 0 8.00 1.444 6.93 Stripling
Paredes 5 0 0 3.0 7 3 3 1 0 0 5 0 9.00 2.333 4.15 Paredes
Baez 11 0 4 8.7 14 12 10 3 7 0 12 1 10.38 2.423 7.65 Baez
Ravin 5 0 0 4.7 5 7 7 2 5 0 6 0 13.50 2.143 9.36 Ravin
Castillo 2 0 0 1.3 3 2 2 0 1 0 2 0 13.50 3.000 2.40 Castillo
Font 3 0 0 3.7 7 7 7 2 4 0 3 0 17.18 3.000 11.88 Font
Relievers 117 0 3 7 8 112.0 119 73 66 17 52 5 134 3 5.30 1.527 4.07 Relievers
Totals 147 30 13 17 8 262.3 248 133 123 38 96 11 298 8 4.22 1.311 3.82 Totals