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Dodgers Week 9: The long climb back

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San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images

The Dodgers built on last weekend’s sweep by winning two more series at home, beating the Padres and Rockies at Dodger Stadium.

They are still under .500, but lead the National League West in run differential, and have shaved their division deficit from 8½ to 3½ games in 11 days, including trimming off 1½ games last week.

Batter of the week

Chris Taylor provided spark at the top of the lineup with two home runs and two doubles, and the team strikeout leader didn’t strike out once in 24 plate appearances. Taylor also walked six times and now shares the team lead in walks, too.

Honorable mention goes to Matt Kemp, who hit .409 (9-for-22) with the team’s first three-run home run in five weeks; and to Max Muncy, who homered twice.

Pitcher of the week

Starting pitching was phenomenal last week, and Walker Buehler came out in top with volume. The only Dodger with two starts last week, Buehler allowed one run in seven innings twice while striking out 14 and walking none.

Honorable mention goes to both Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling, both of whom pitched into the seventh with no walks and no earned runs and double-digit strikeouts.

Week 9 results

4-2 record
24 runs scored (4.00 per game)
14 runs allowed (2.33 per game)
.728 pythagorean record

Season to date

24-28 record
225 runs scored (4.33 per game)
203 runs allowed (3.90 per game)
.547 pythagorean record (28-24)

Transactions

Tuesday: Brock Stewart was recalled to start against the Rockies, and Pat Venditte was optioned to Triple-A.

Wednesday: Edward Paredes was recalled from Triple-A, and JT Chargois was optioned to Oklahoma City.

Game results

Monday: Rockies 2, Dodgers 1

Tuesday: Dodgers 5, Rockies 3

Wednesday: Dodgers 3, Rockies 0

Friday: Dodgers 4, Padres 1

Saturday: Padres 7, Dodgers 5

Sunday: Dodgers 6, Padres 1

The week ahead

The Dodgers run the Marvin Freeman gauntlet this week, finishing off their homestand with four games against the Phillies followed by three against the Rockies at Coors Field. The rotation for the weekend is a guess.

Week 10 schedule

Mon, May 28 Tue, May 29 Wed, May 30 Thu, May 31 Fri, Jun 1 Sat, Jun 2 Sun, Jun 3
Mon, May 28 Tue, May 29 Wed, May 30 Thu, May 31 Fri, Jun 1 Sat, Jun 2 Sun, Jun 3
vs. Phillies vs. Phillies vs. Phillies vs. Phillies at Rockies at Rockies at Rockies
5:10 p.m. 7:10 p.m. 7:10 p.m. 4:35 p.m. 5:40 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 12:10 p.m.
Stewart Maeda Stripling Kershaw Wood Buehler Maeda
v. Velazquez v. Arrieta v. Eflin v. Nola v. Anderson (L) Marquez Bettis
SNLA SNLA SNLA SNLA SNLA/MLBN Fox SNLA

Previous weeks in review: Mar. 29-Apr. 1 | Apr. 2-8 | Apr. 9-15 | Apr. 16-22 | Apr. 23-29 | Apr. 30-May 6 | May 7-13 | May 14-20

Stats

Week 9 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
Taylor 16 5 5 2 0 2 3 0 1 6 0 2 0 0 24 0.313 0.542 0.813 1.354 0.214 Taylor
Muncy 14 3 3 0 0 2 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 17 0.214 0.353 0.643 0.996 0.125 Muncy
Kemp 22 3 9 1 0 1 5 0 0 0 7 0 0 1 23 0.409 0.391 0.591 0.982 0.533 Kemp
Puig 11 1 3 0 0 1 3 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 13 0.273 0.385 0.545 0.930 0.250 Puig
Turner 22 4 4 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 25 0.182 0.280 0.364 0.644 0.176 Turner
Bellinger 18 2 2 1 0 1 3 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 20 0.111 0.200 0.333 0.533 0.063 Bellinger
Forsythe 17 0 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 17 0.235 0.235 0.294 0.529 0.250 Forsythe
Grandal 13 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 16 0.154 0.313 0.154 0.466 0.200 Grandal
Starters 133 20 32 6 0 8 20 0 1 19 22 2 0 1 155 0.241 0.342 0.466 0.808 0.231 Starters
Hernandez 12 2 3 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 0.250 0.250 0.500 0.750 0.200 Hernandez
Pederson 10 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 10 0.200 0.200 0.300 0.500 0.250 Pederson
Barnes 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 Barnes
Utley 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 Utley
Bench 37 3 5 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 37 0.135 0.135 0.243 0.378 0.129 Bench
Pitchers 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 1 0 11 0.100 0.100 0.100 0.200 0.333 Pitchers
Offense 180 24 38 7 0 9 23 0 1 19 34 2 1 1 203 0.211 0.292 0.400 0.692 0.210 Offense

Week 9 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 1 0 6.7 2 0 0 0 4 0 12 0 0.00 0.900 1.40 Maeda
Stripling 1 1 1 0 6.7 6 1 0 0 0 0 10 0 0.00 0.900 0.20 Stripling
Buehler 2 2 1 0 14.0 6 2 2 1 0 0 14 0 1.29 0.429 2.13 Buehler
Stewart 1 1 0 0 4.0 5 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 4.50 1.500 5.95 Stewart
Wood 1 1 0 0 5.3 6 5 5 3 1 0 7 0 8.44 1.313 8.45 Wood
Starters 6 6 3 0 0 36.7 25 10 9 5 6 1 44 0 2.21 0.845 2.98 Starters
Cingrani 3 0 0 3.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0.00 0.333 0.53 Cingrani
Jansen 3 0 0 3 3.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0.00 0.667 -0.80 Jansen
Goeddel 2 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0.00 1.500 3.70 Goeddel
Baez 4 0 1 2.0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0.00 0.500 2.70 Baez
Alexander 3 0 0 1.7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 1.800 5.00 Alexander
Fields 3 0 0 3.0 2 1 1 1 1 0 3 0 3.00 1.000 6.53 Fields
Hudson 2 0 1 1.7 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 5.40 1.200 5.00 Hudson
Chargois 1 1 0 1.0 1 1 1 0 1 0 3 0 9.00 2.000 0.20 Chargois
Bullpen 21 0 1 2 3 17.3 11 4 3 1 6 1 19 1 1.56 0.981 2.80 Bullpen
Totals 27 6 4 2 3 54.0 36 14 12 6 12 2 63 1 2.00 0.889 2.92 Totals