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Dodgers Week 23: The worst best team ever

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LOS ANGELES — Last week for the Dodgers was the worst week, possibly literally. The club lost every game of a homestand longer than six games (0-7) for the first time in franchise history.

“It’s bad right now, there’s no getting around that,” said Clayton Kershaw.

The Dodgers, who have won 11 straight and 10 straight in different streaks, have now lost 10 in a row. They are the first team with double-digit streaks both good and bad since the 1991 Mets.

“In the first couple weeks when I joined the team, the team was playing really good baseball,” said Yu Darvish. “I was like, ‘Wow, everything we do is working.’ Right now we’re on the opposite side.”

The Dodgers have led after nine of their last 90 innings.

“I can’t explain it,” manager Dave Roberts said. “There is a little bit that seeps in, and things keep perpetuating as far as negativity, where you feel at some point everything goes against you.”

That the Dodgers still own the best record in baseball (92-51) is of little solace, given the 10 consecutive defeats.

“Just sitting back and saying, ‘We’re still the best team in baseball’ isn’t the answer,” Justin Turner said. “Because regardless of what the record says, right now we’re the worst team in baseball.”

“It’s getting to the point now where everybody has to look in the mirror. It’s time to turn it around,” said Alex Wood.

“There’s really nothing to say, but we’ve got to find a way to win a game,” said Roberts.

Batter of the week

Andre Ethier was 4-for-7 with his first home run of the year, taking this award rather easily.

None of the regulars did much at all — Austin Barnes had the best week among them, with an .800 OPS in 14 plate appearances — and the team as a whole hit just .184/.247/.289 in seven games during the week.

Pitcher of the week

Ross Stripling threw four scoreless innings in relief, one of the few bright spots on a pitching staff that posted a 6.19 ERA — 7.76 from the bullpen, and 4.89 from the starters.

Week 23 results

Record: 0-7
13 runs scored (1.86 per game)
47 runs allowed (6.71 per game)
.087 pythagorean record

Year to date

Record: 92-51
681 runs scored (4.76 per game)
513 runs allowed (3.59 per game)
.627 pythagorean record (90-53)

Transactions

Monday: Josh Fields was activated from the disabled list, and infielder Charlie Culberson was promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma City. To make room on the 40-man roster for Culberson, Brandon McCarthy was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Tuesday: On the day after Oklahoma City’s season ended, outfielders Joc Pederson and Trayce Thompson were recalled from Triple-A.

Wednesday: 2015 first-round pick Walker Buehler was promoted from Tripe-A Oklahoma City. To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Fabio Castillo was designated for assignment.

Saturday: Kyle Farmer was recalled from Triple-A.

Current active roster count: 39

Game results

Monday: Diamondbacks 13, Dodgers 0

Tuesday: Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 1 (10)

Wednesday: Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 1

Thursday: Rockies 9, Dodgers 1

Friday: Rockies 5, Dodgers 4

Saturday: Rockies 6, Dodgers 5

Sunday: Rockies 8, Dodgers 1

The week ahead

The Dodgers run the Marquis Grissom gauntlet, opening a 10-game road trip with three games against the Giants and three against the Nationals. The LA rotation beyond Tuesday is just a guess by me.

Week 24 schedule

Mon, Sep 11 Tue, Sep 12 Wed, Sep 13 Thu, Sep 14 Fri, Sep 15 Sat, Sep 16 Sun, Sep 17
Mon, Sep 11 Tue, Sep 12 Wed, Sep 13 Thu, Sep 14 Fri, Sep 15 Sat, Sep 16 Sun, Sep 17
at Giants at Giants at Giants Off at Nationals at Nationals at Nationals
7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 4:05 p.m. 10:05 a.m. 5:08 p.m.
Maeda v. Kershaw v. TBD Darvish v. Wood v. Hill v.
Stratton Cueto Moore (L) Jackson Strasburg Gonzalez (L)
SNLA SNLA/KTLA SNLA/ESPN SNLA/MLBN Fox ESPN

Previous weeks in review: Apr. 3-9 | Apr. 10-16 | Apr. 17-23 | Apr. 24-30 | May 1-7 | May 8-14| May 15-21 | May 22-28 | May 29-Jun 4 | June 5-11 | June 12-18 | June 19-25 | June 26-July 2 | July 3-9 | July 10-16 | July 17-23 | July 24-30 | July 31-Aug. 6 | Aug. 7-13 | Aug. 14-20 | Aug. 21-28 | Aug. 29-Sept. 3

Stats

Week 23 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
Forsythe 18 1 4 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 19 0.222 0.263 0.444 0.708 0.200 Forsythe
Puig 18 0 4 2 0 0 3 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 20 0.222 0.300 0.333 0.633 0.267 Puig
Turner 22 2 5 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 23 0.227 0.261 0.364 0.625 0.235 Turner
Seager 15 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 15 0.267 0.267 0.333 0.600 0.333 Seager
Bellinger 27 3 5 3 0 0 1 0 1 2 10 0 0 0 29 0.185 0.241 0.296 0.538 0.294 Bellinger
Pederson 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 13 0.100 0.308 0.100 0.408 0.125 Pederson
Granderson 17 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 20 0.118 0.250 0.118 0.368 0.154 Granderson
Taylor 25 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 25 0.160 0.160 0.200 0.360 0.211 Taylor
Grandal 16 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 16 0.063 0.063 0.250 0.313 0.000 Grandal
Starters 168 11 30 8 0 3 9 1 2 12 42 0 0 0 180 0.179 0.233 0.280 0.513 0.220 Starters
Ethier 7 1 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 8 0.571 0.625 1.000 1.625 0.600 Ethier
Verdugo 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0.200 0.200 0.800 1.000 0.000 Verdugo
Barnes 10 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 3 1 0 0 14 0.300 0.500 0.300 0.800 0.429 Barnes
Gonzalez 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667 0.333 Gonzalez
Hernandez 9 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 9 0.222 0.222 0.333 0.556 0.400 Hernandez
Dickson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.500 0.000 0.500 #DIV/0! Dickson
Culberson 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0.200 0.200 0.200 0.400 0.333 Culberson
Utley 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 7 0.000 0.143 0.000 0.143 0.000 Utley
Segedin 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 #DIV/0! Segedin
Thompson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 Thompson
Bench 51 2 12 1 0 2 4 0 0 6 19 1 0 0 58 0.235 0.328 0.373 0.700 0.333 Bench
Pitchers 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 1 0 10 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 Pitchers
Offense 228 13 42 9 0 5 13 1 2 18 68 1 1 0 248 0.184 0.247 0.289 0.536 0.239 Offense

Week 23 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
Maeda 1 1 0 0 5.0 4 1 0 0 1 0 8 0 0.00 1.000 0.60 Maeda
Ryu 1 1 0 0 6.0 3 1 1 0 5 1 7 0 1.50 1.333 2.87 Ryu
Hill 2 2 0 2 11.0 6 4 4 2 3 0 14 1 3.27 0.818 4.11 Hill
Wood 1 1 0 1 5.0 8 5 5 1 3 2 2 1 9.00 2.200 6.20 Wood
Kershaw 1 1 0 1 3.7 6 4 4 1 3 0 7 0 9.82 2.455 5.38 Kershaw
Darvish 1 1 0 1 4.3 5 5 5 1 2 0 6 0 10.38 1.615 4.82 Darvish
Starters 7 7 0 5 0 35.0 32 20 19 5 17 3 44 2 4.89 1.400 3.91 Starters
Stripling 3 0 0 4.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0.00 0.750 2.45 Stripling
Watson 3 0 0 2.3 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0.00 0.429 1.49 Watson
Ravin 2 0 0 2.3 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0.00 0.857 3.20 Ravin
Morrow 2 0 0 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 1.000 1.20 Morrow
Cingrani 3 0 0 2.7 3 1 1 0 1 0 6 0 3.38 1.500 -0.18 Cingrani
Jansen 2 0 0 2.0 3 1 1 0 1 0 4 0 4.50 2.000 0.70 Jansen
Fields 4 0 0 3.7 4 3 3 2 1 0 4 0 7.36 1.364 8.93 Fields
Avilan 2 0 1 2.0 3 2 2 0 1 1 1 1 9.00 2.000 3.70 Avilan
Stewart 1 0 0 1.3 3 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 13.50 3.000 3.20 Stewart
Buehler 2 0 0 2.3 3 4 4 1 2 0 3 0 15.43 2.143 8.77 Buehler
Font 2 0 0 2.0 5 5 5 2 1 0 2 0 22.50 3.000 15.70 Font
Paredes 2 0 0 1.0 6 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 27.00 6.000 16.20 Paredes
Baez 3 0 1 1.3 4 6 4 2 3 0 3 0 27.00 5.250 24.95 Baez
Bullpen 31 0 0 2 0 29.0 38 27 25 8 15 3 33 1 7.76 1.828 5.86 Bullpen
Totals 38 7 0 7 0 64.0 70 47 44 13 32 6 77 3 6.19 1.594 4.79 Totals