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Dodgers Week 14: Mediocrity

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The Dodgers had their first losing week since mid-May, splitting a four-game series with the Cubs and dropping two of three to the Rockies. But the win Sunday to avoid getting swept, allowed the Dodgers to remain where they were in the standings at the start of the week.

The series with Chicago could have gone much differently if it weren’t for two costly mistakes on the Dodgers side. Yasiel Puig didn’t catch a ball that hit his glove top of the sixth Tuesday, eventually leading to a six-run sixth inning in a 9-4 loss. The crushing blow was a grand slam off the bat of Javy Baez.

Two day later, Walker Buehler followed up five solid innings from Clayton Kershaw by attempting what was essentially a major league rehab. The right-hander recored just three outs and was charged with five runs on five hits. A 3-1 lead quickly turned to a 10-3 deficit as the Cubs scored two in the sixth and seven in the seventh, going on to win 11-5.

Puig rarely has a defensive miscue like he did Tuesday and Buehler shouldn’t have been facing a Cubs lineup after not pitching for two weeks. The Dodgers optioned him the next day after the plan for their young right-hander collapsed.

Batter of the week

Max Muncy continued to be an on-base machine, hitting .412/.565/.765 (7-for-17) with two homers, six runs, three RBI, six walks and even a stolen base. The 27-year-old reached base in 13 of his 23 plate appearances

Pitcher of the week

Rich Hill pitched his heart out on Friday, holding the Rockies to just one run over six and two-thirds innings while striking out 10 batters on 110 pitches. A solo homer in the fifth was only damage against the Dodger lefty. Colorado would go on to win that game 3-1 after tacking on two more solo homers.

Week 14 results

3-4 record

26 runs scored (3.71 per game)

36 runs allowed (5.14 per game)

.355 pythagorean record

Season to date

44-39 record

386 runs scored (4.65 per game)

335 runs allowed (4.04 per game)

.566 pythagorean record (47-36)

Miscellany

Double-digit dingers: The Dodgers have eight players with at least nine homers in 2018, six of which have 11 or more. Last year was the first time in franchise history that the club had six players with 20 home runs.

Transactions

Thursday: Josh Fields was placed on the 10-day DL with right shoulder inflammation. Walker Buehler was activated from the 10-day DL.

Friday: Walker Buehler was optioned to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Saturday: Reliever J.T. Chargois was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Game results

Monday: Dodgers 2, Cubs 1

Tuesday: Cubs 9, Dodgers 4

Wednesday: Dodgers 7, Cubs 5

Thursday: Cubs 11, Dodgers 5

Friday: Rockies 3, Dodgers 1

Saturday: Rockies 3, Dodgers 1

Sunday: Dodgers 6, Rockies 4

The week ahead

The Dodgers run the Matt Joyce gauntlet this week, finishing the homestand with the Pirates before heading to Anaheim to face the Angels. The Monday game will be on MLB Network but will be blacked out in the local market. Friday is available on Angels’ TV for those who don’t have SportsNetLA, while Saturday (FOX) and Sunday (ESPN) are nationally televised games. The pitching matchups are guestimates.

Week 15 schedule

Mon, Jul 2 Tue, Jul 3 Wed, Jul 4 Thu, Jul 5 Fri, Jul 6 Sat, Jul 7 Sun, Jul 8
Mon, Jul 2 Tue, Jul 3 Wed, Jul 4 Thu, Jul 5 Fri, Jul 6 Sat, Jul 7 Sun, Jul 8
Pirates Pirates Pirates Off at Angels at Angels at Angels
7:10 p.m. 7:10 p.m. 5:10 p.m. 7:07 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 5:05 p.m.
Wood Kershaw Hill Maeda Stripling Maeda
v. Kingham v. Nova v. Musgrove v. Barria v. McGuire v. Heaney
SNLA/MLBN SNLA SNLA SNLA FOX ESPN

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

Week 14 batting

Player AB PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS HBP SH SF BAbip
Player AB PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS HBP SH SF BAbip
Bellinger 28 28 3 6 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 5 0.214 0.214 0.357 0.571 0 0 0 0.227
Puig 22 23 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0.227 0.261 0.273 0.534 0 0 0 0.278
Hernandez 22 25 5 6 1 0 2 5 1 0 3 6 0.273 0.360 0.591 0.951 0 0 0 0.286
Kemp 19 21 1 4 1 0 1 4 0 0 2 4 0.211 0.286 0.421 0.707 0 0 0 0.214
Muncy 19 27 6 7 0 0 2 3 1 0 8 5 0.368 0.556 0.684 1.240 0 0 0 0.417
Turner 21 27 4 7 0 0 2 3 1 0 4 3 0.333 0.481 0.619 1.101 2 0 0 0.313
Forsythe 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Taylor 16 17 2 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 7 0.188 0.235 0.438 0.673 1 0 0 0.250
Pederson 17 19 1 4 1 0 1 2 0 1 2 4 0.235 0.316 0.471 0.786 0 0 0 0.250
Barnes 13 13 2 4 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 4 0.308 0.308 0.308 0.615 0 0 0 0.444
Starters 193 216 25 46 6 0 10 22 4 2 20 49 0.238 0.319 0.425 0.744 3 0 0 0.269
Grandal 12 13 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0.167 0.231 0.250 0.481 0 0 0 0.182
Utley 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.250 0.250 0.250 0.500 0 0 0 0.250
Bench 16 17 0 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0.188 0.235 0.250 0.485 0 0 0 0.200
Pitchers 13 15 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.154 0.214 0.154 0.368 0 1 0 0.200
Offense 222 248 26 51 7 0 10 24 4 2 22 53 0.230 0.308 0.396 0.704 3 1 0 0.258

Week 14 pitching

Player G GS W L ERA SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP WHIP
Player G GS W L ERA SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP WHIP
Stripling 2 2 0 0 4.09 0 11.0 16 5 5 2 2 0 11 0 1.64
Maeda 2 2 1 1 1.29 0 14.0 8 3 2 1 3 0 18 0 0.79
Kershaw 1 1 0 0 1.80 0 5.0 4 1 1 0 0 0 6 0 0.80
Wood 1 1 1 0 2.57 0 7.0 7 3 2 1 0 0 6 0 1.00
Hill 1 1 0 1 1.35 0 6.2 6 1 1 1 0 0 10 2 0.90
Alexander 4 0 0 0 6.75 0 4.0 6 3 3 1 2 0 1 0 2.00
Goeddel 2 0 0 0 18.00 0 2.0 4 4 4 1 2 0 3 0 3.00
Garcia 2 0 0 1 5.40 0 1.2 3 4 1 1 0 0 3 0 1.80
Fields 1 0 0 0 0.00 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Jansen 3 0 0 0 2.70 3 3.1 3 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.90
Ferguson 1 0 0 0 4.50 0 2.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 3 1 1.00
Hudson 3 0 1 0 1.93 0 4.2 4 2 1 0 1 0 6 0 1.07
Buehler 1 0 0 1 45.00 0 1.0 5 5 5 1 1 0 0 0 6.00
Paredes 2 0 0 0 81.00 0 0.1 3 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 12.00
Total 26 7 3 4 3.86 3 63.0 71 36 27 10 12 0 71 3 1.32