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Dodgers Week 16: From 10 under to 10 over

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The Dodgers head into the break alone in first place in the National League West, a peak they reached just last week. Winning series against the Padres and Angels, taking five of seven games, was the culmination of a 37-17 (.685) run that brought Los Angeles from 10 games under .500 at their worst to now 10 games over.

Batter of the week

Yasmani Grandal was 7-for-18 (.389) with a home run, two doubles and three walks to take this award. Max Muncy (2 home runs, 6 walks) and Cody Bellinger (.370, 5 doubles) had strong weeks as well.

Honorable mention goes to Chase Utley, who on Friday announced his retirement at the end of the season to spend more time with his family. Utley was 4-for-7 with a double, incuding 3-for-4 as a pinch hitter, and reached base in six of his nine plate appearances.

Pitcher of the week

Ross Stripling had a strong week with six scoreless innings and was named to his first All-Star team, but this week’s award goes to Kenta Maeda, who struck out nine for a fourth consecutive start, then struck out a batter to get out of a bases-loaded jam in relief on Sunday to win twice.

Week 16 results

5-2 record
28 runs scored (4.00 per game)
20 runs allowed (2.86 per game)
.649 pythagorean record

Season to date

53-43 record
453 runs scored (4.72 per game)
371 runs allowed (3.86 per game)
.587 pythagorean record (57-39)

Miscellany

Win Diego: Clayton Kershaw on Monday pitched six scoreless innings against the Padres, with the Dodgers winning his last 13 starts against San Diego. Kershaw in those last 13 starts against the Padres has allowed 12 total runs for a 0.89 ERA with 118 strikeouts and 18 walks.

Too grand: Also on Monday, Kershaw surpassed the 2,000-inning plateau in his career. He’s the 13th pitcher to throw that many innings for the Dodgers, and the 11th active pitcher with at least 2,000 innings under his belt.

Welcome back: Andrew Toles was called up on Monday, making his first major league appearance since May 9, 2017. After the Freeway Series Toles has basically been with Oklahoma City or rehabbing his hamstring all season, which led to an issue we didn’t really think of until now:

Mr. July: For the first time in eight years Kershaw won’t be introduced at the All-Star Game, but he heads into the break with a strong week, striking out 13 in 12⅔ innings in his two starts. Kershaw hasn’t lost a start in July since 2013. In his last 19 July starts since then Kershaw is 13-0 with a 1.02 ERA, 158 strikeouts and 15 walks in 141⅔ innings.

Transactions

Monday: Yasiel Puig was placed on the disabled list with a Grade 1 right oblique strain, and is expected to miss at least a few weeks. Andrew Toles was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City for his first major league action in 14 months.

Tuesday: Kenta Maeda returned from the paternity list after the birth of his son, and reliever Edward Paredes was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Wednesday: Lefty reliever Zac Rosscup was claimed off waivers from the Rockies, and fellow southpaw Paredes was designated for assignment.

Friday: Walker Buehler was activated from the disabled list to start against the Halos, and Pat Venditte was optioend to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Saturday: Buehler was optioned with the break approaching in a move equal parts workload related and roster management. That made room for the activation of Rosscup.

Game results

Monday: Dodgers 8, Padres 2

Tuesday: Padres 4, Dodgers 1

Wednesday: Dodgers 4, Padres 2

Thursday: Dodgers 3, Padres 2

Friday: Dodgers 3, Angels 2

Saturday: Angels 5, Dodgers 4

Sunday: Dodgers 5, Angels 3

The week ahead

The bulk of the Dodgers are off for four days, except for Dave Roberts, Matt Kemp, Kenley Jansen, Max Muncy and Ross Stripling who are headed to Washington D.C. for All-Star festivities. After the break the Dodgers open a 10-game road trip with three games in Milwaukee against the National League Central-leading Brewers. The rotations have yet to be determined, but manager Dave Roberts said Rich Hill and Clayton Kershaw would start two of the three games.

All-Star week schedule

Mon, Jul 16 Tue, Jul 17 Wed, Jul 18 Thu, Jul 19 Fri, Jul 20 Sat, Jul 21 Sun, Jul 22
Mon, Jul 16 Tue, Jul 17 Wed, Jul 18 Thu, Jul 19 Fri, Jul 20 Sat, Jul 21 Sun, Jul 22
HR Derby All-Star Game Off Off at Brewers at Brewers at Brewers
5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5:10 p.m. 4:10 p.m. 11:10 a.m.
Muncy AL Hill Kershaw TBD
v. T.Ward v. NL v. TBD v. TBD v. TBD
ESPN Fox SNLA SNLA 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 | May 21-27 | May 28-Jun 3 | Jun 4-10 | June 11-17 | June 18-24 | June 25-July 1 | July 2-8

Stats

Week 16 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
Grandal 18 2 7 2 0 1 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 21 0.389 0.476 0.667 1.143 0.462 Grandal
Muncy 25 5 7 1 0 2 3 0 0 6 6 0 0 0 31 0.280 0.419 0.560 0.979 0.294 Muncy
Bellinger 27 2 10 5 0 0 1 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 29 0.370 0.414 0.556 0.969 0.435 Bellinger
Hernandez 22 2 5 2 0 1 2 0 0 2 2 1 0 1 26 0.227 0.308 0.455 0.762 0.200 Hernandez
Pederson 16 1 3 2 0 0 2 0 1 3 2 1 0 0 20 0.188 0.350 0.313 0.663 0.214 Pederson
Toles 23 4 6 2 0 0 4 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 24 0.261 0.292 0.348 0.639 0.316 Toles
Taylor 29 4 6 2 0 1 4 1 0 1 10 1 0 0 31 0.207 0.258 0.379 0.637 0.278 Taylor
Turner 13 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 15 0.231 0.333 0.231 0.564 0.273 Turner
Kemp 24 2 5 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 7 0 0 1 27 0.208 0.259 0.208 0.468 0.278 Kemp
Starters 197 22 52 16 0 5 24 1 1 22 41 3 0 2 224 0.264 0.344 0.421 0.765 0.307 Starters
Utley 7 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 9 0.571 0.667 0.714 1.381 0.667 Utley
Forsythe 10 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 12 0.300 0.417 0.300 0.717 0.600 Forsythe
Barnes 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 9 0.250 0.333 0.250 0.583 0.286 Barnes
Bench 25 6 9 1 0 0 1 0 1 4 7 1 0 0 30 0.360 0.467 0.400 0.867 0.500 Bench
Pitchers 15 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 15 0.067 0.067 0.067 0.133 0.077 Pitchers
Offense 237 28 62 17 0 5 26 1 2 26 50 4 0 2 269 0.262 0.342 0.397 0.739 0.310 Offense

Week 16 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 1 0 6.0 5 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 0.00 1.000 2.03 Stripling
Maeda 1 1 1 0 5.7 4 1 1 0 1 0 9 0 1.59 0.882 0.55 Maeda
Kershaw 2 2 1 0 12.7 8 3 3 1 5 0 13 1 2.13 1.026 3.59 Kershaw
Buehler 1 1 0 0 5.0 6 2 2 2 1 0 5 0 3.60 1.400 7.00 Buehler
Wood 1 1 0 0 6.0 7 3 3 0 2 0 6 1 4.50 1.500 2.70 Wood
Hill 1 1 0 1 7.0 8 4 4 2 1 0 7 0 5.14 1.286 5.34 Hill
Starters 7 7 3 1 0 42.3 38 13 13 5 11 0 45 2 2.76 1.157 3.53 Starters
Alexander 4 0 0 1 3.3 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0.00 0.900 0.80 Alexander
Goeddel 2 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0.00 0.500 1.70 Goeddel
Chargois 2 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00 0.000 0.20 Chargois
Hill 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0.00 2.000 5.20 Hill
Maeda 1 1 0 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.00 0.000 6.20 Maeda
Ferguson 2 1 0 4.0 3 2 1 1 0 0 6 0 2.25 0.750 3.45 Ferguson
Jansen 4 0 1 3 4.0 1 1 1 1 2 0 3 0 2.25 0.750 6.45 Jansen
Floro 3 0 0 3.0 1 1 1 1 0 0 4 0 3.00 0.333 4.87 Floro
Hudson 2 0 0 1.0 2 3 3 1 1 0 1 0 27.00 3.000 17.20 Hudson
Bullpen 21 0 2 1 4 20.7 10 7 6 4 6 0 27 1 2.61 0.774 4.12 Bullpen
Totals 28 7 5 2 4 63.0 48 20 19 9 17 0 72 3 2.71 1.032 3.72 Totals