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Dodgers Week 24: Righting the ship

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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

After two-plus weeks of dismal baseball, the Dodgers did what they needed to do last week, winning both series, taking four of six games on the road against the Giants and Nationals.

Beginning with an overnight finish in San Francisco, the losing streak reached 11 — the longest for the franchise since 1944 — and the skid was 16 losses in 17 games, but the Dodgers gave themselves some breathing room with four straight wins. Now, they are days away from clinching a fifth straight division title, and are still in the driver’s seat for home field advantage through the National League playoffs and potentially the World Series as well.

Batter of the week

The excellent first-year campaign for Cody Bellinger continued, hitting .400 (8-for-20) while tying the National League rookie record with 38 home runs, including two during this week. Bellinger also walked seven times, five of those intentional passes in San Francisco.

Honorable mention goes to Yasiel Puig, who hit two home runs and three doubles, and to Chase Utley, who added three doubles and a home run.

Pitcher of the week

This was a close call, with a pair of playoff starters delivering much-needed bounce back starts. But while Yu Darvish was excellent with seven scoreless innings against the Giants, even retiring 13 straight at one point, the choice for this week is Alex Wood, who struck out eight in six scoreless innings against the Nationals, a much more formidable opponent.

Week 24 results

Record: 4-2
26 runs scored (4.33 per game)
21 runs allowed (3.50 per game)
.596 pythagorean record

Year to date

Record: 96-53
707 runs scored (4.74 per game)
534 runs allowed (3.58 per game)
.626 pythagorean record (93-56)

Transactions

Thursday: Fabio Castillo, who was designated for assignment and removed from the 40-man roster on Sept. 6, cleared waivers and was sent outright to the minors.

Game results

Monday: Giants 8, Dodgers 6

Tuesday: Dodgers 5, Giants 3

Wednesday: Dodgers 4, Giants 1

Friday: Dodgers 7, Nationals 0

Saturday: Dodgers 3, Nationals 2

Sunday: Nationals 7, Dodgers 1

The week ahead

The Dodgers run the Charlie Hayes gauntlet, concluding their road trip with four games in Philadelphia, then return home to face the Giants for three games next weekend. The rotation is set for the series against the Phillies, but the weekend is just a guess at this point.

Week 25 schedule

Mon, Sep 18 Tue, Sep 19 Wed, Sep 20 Thu, Sep 21 Fri, Sep 22 Sat, Sep 23 Sun, Sep 24
Mon, Sep 18 Tue, Sep 19 Wed, Sep 20 Thu, Sep 21 Fri, Sep 22 Sat, Sep 23 Sun, Sep 24
at Phillies at Phillies at Phillies at Phillies vs. Giants vs. Giants vs. Giants
4:05 p.m. 4:05 p.m. 4:05 p.m. 10:05 a.m. 7:10 p.m. 6:10 p.m. 1:10 p.m.
Kershaw v. Darvish v. Wood v. Maeda v. Hill v. TBD TBD
Pivetta Nola Thompson Leiter Samardzija Bumgarner (L) Stratton
SNLA SNLA/KTLA SNLA SNLA/MLBN SNLA SNLA/MLBN SNLA

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 | Sept. 4-10

Stats

Week 24 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
Bellinger 20 6 8 1 1 2 5 1 0 7 4 0 0 0 27 0.400 0.556 0.850 1.406 0.429 Bellinger
Puig 26 4 9 3 0 2 4 2 0 0 5 0 0 0 26 0.346 0.346 0.692 1.038 0.368 Puig
Turner 20 2 5 3 0 1 4 1 0 4 4 3 0 1 28 0.250 0.429 0.550 0.979 0.250 Turner
Forsythe 13 1 3 2 0 0 3 0 0 3 4 1 0 0 17 0.231 0.412 0.385 0.796 0.333 Forsythe
Seager 24 3 5 1 0 1 6 1 1 2 9 2 0 1 29 0.208 0.310 0.375 0.685 0.267 Seager
Grandal 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 7 0 0 0 18 0.077 0.333 0.077 0.410 0.167 Grandal
Granderson 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 13 0.100 0.308 0.100 0.408 0.143 Granderson
Taylor 23 3 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 7 0 0 0 25 0.130 0.200 0.130 0.330 0.188 Taylor
Starters 149 20 35 10 1 6 23 7 1 26 43 6 0 2 183 0.235 0.366 0.436 0.802 0.284 Starters
Utley 11 4 4 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 0.364 0.364 0.909 1.273 0.333 Utley
Barnes 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 0 10 0.167 0.500 0.333 0.833 0.250 Barnes
Ethier 7 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 7 0.286 0.286 0.429 0.714 0.500 Ethier
Verdugo 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 Verdugo
Pederson 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 Pederson
Gonzalez 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 Gonzalez
Hernandez 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 Hernandez
Culberson 0 ----- ------ ------ ------ ------ Culberson
Dickson 0 ----- ------ ------ ------ ------ Dickson
Segedin 0 ----- ------ ------ ------ ------ Segedin
Thompson 0 ----- ------ ------ ------ ------ Thompson
Bench 42 5 7 5 0 1 3 0 0 3 10 1 0 0 46 0.167 0.239 0.357 0.596 0.194 Bench
Pitchers 12 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0 1 0 14 0.250 0.308 0.333 0.641 0.500 Pitchers
Offense 203 26 45 16 1 7 26 7 1 30 59 7 1 2 243 0.222 0.339 0.414 0.753 0.273 Offense

Week 24 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
Darvish 1 1 1 0 7.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0.00 0.429 1.77 Darvish
Wood 1 1 1 0 6.0 3 0 0 0 1 0 8 1 0.00 0.667 1.53 Wood
Ryu 1 1 0 0 4.7 3 0 0 0 2 0 5 0 0.00 1.071 2.34 Ryu
Kershaw 1 1 1 0 6.0 8 2 1 1 1 0 6 0 1.50 1.500 3.87 Kershaw
Hill 1 1 1 0 5.0 1 1 1 1 2 0 7 0 1.80 0.600 4.20 Hill
Maeda 1 1 0 0 3.0 4 4 4 2 0 0 4 0 12.00 1.333 9.20 Maeda
Starters 6 6 4 0 0 31.7 22 7 6 4 6 0 35 1 1.71 0.884 3.29 Starters
Morrow 3 0 0 2.7 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00 0.750 0.95 Morrow
Jansen 2 0 0 2 2.3 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00 1.286 0.63 Jansen
Fields 2 0 0 2.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.000 1.49 Fields
Stewart 1 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0.00 1.000 0.70 Stewart
Cingrani 1 0 0 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.000 3.20 Cingrani
Avilan 1 0 0 0.7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.500 3.20 Avilan
Baez 2 0 1 2.0 3 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 4.50 2.500 4.20 Baez
Watson 2 0 0 1.3 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 6.75 3.000 3.95 Watson
Buehler 2 0 0 2.0 3 2 2 0 1 0 3 0 9.00 2.000 1.70 Buehler
Stripling 3 0 1 2.7 5 5 5 1 1 0 2 0 16.88 2.250 7.70 Stripling
Ravin 2 0 0 1.3 3 5 5 2 2 0 1 0 33.75 3.750 25.70 Ravin
Paredes ----- ----- ----- Paredes
Font ----- ----- ----- Font
Bullpen 21 0 0 2 2 20.3 26 14 14 3 8 0 21 0 6.20 1.672 4.23 Bullpen
Totals 27 6 4 2 2 52.0 48 21 20 7 14 0 56 1 3.46 1.192 3.66 Totals