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Dodgers Week 27: Records & stinginess

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Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Preventing runs was a great strength for the Dodgers in 2019, and in their final week of the regular season the pitching was in fine form, allowing nine total runs in six wins over the Padres and Giants.

The Dodgers were undefeated for the week and won their last seven games of the season, finishing 106-56, breaking a 66-year-old record for most wins in franchise history.

On the final regular season road trip the Dodgers were dominant, hitting more home runs (11) than their opponents scored runs (9). LA pitching did not surrender a home run over their last six games.

The Dodgers led the National League in both runs scored and runs allowed for the second straight season, the former their highest run total since that 1953 Brooklyn team that scored 955 runs while winning 105 games.

The final week saw the Dodgers clinch the top seed in the NL over the Braves, then surpass the Yankees in record, too. The Dodgers will have home field advantage through the National League playoffs, and should they get to the World Series would start at home against every potential opponent except Houston.

Batter of the week

Joc Pederson got hot again, slamming four home runs to finish with a career-high 36 homers in 2019.

Pitcher of the week

Hyun-jin Ryu was wonderful again on extended rest with seven scoreless innings to beat the Giants on Saturday. After a rough four-start stretch, really the only adversity faced by Ryu this season, the Dodgers skipped the left-hander and Ryu responded by pitching seven innings in each of his last three starts of the season, allowing three total runs. Those starts came on nine, seven, and five days rest.

Ryu ended with a 2.32 ERA, the seventh Los Angeles Dodger to lead the league in ERA.

Ryu narrowly beat out Clayton Kershaw, who pitched six scoreless innings Wednesday afternoon in San Diego, then pitched a scoreless inning out of the bullpen in Sunday’s finale, his first regular season relief appearance since Sept. 22, 2009 (he’s pitched four times in relief in the postseason since). Kershaw ended his 2019 with a 3.03 ERA, 10th in the majors, and just two innings shy of a sub-3.00 mark. It was the first time Kershaw’s ERA hasn’t started with a one or two since his rookie season of 2008 (4.26).

Honorable mention has to go to Rich Hill, who struck out nine in five scoreless innings in two abbreviated starts, making a final push toward a potential postseason roster spot.

Week 27 results

6-0 record
33 runs scored (5.50 per game)
9 runs allowed (1.50 per game)
.915 pythagorean record

Season to date

106-56 record
886 runs scored (5.47 per game)
613 runs allowed (3.78 per game)
.662 pythagorean record (107-55)

Miscellany

Most saves with one team

Pitcher Team Saves
Pitcher Team Saves
Mariano Rivera Yankees 652
Trevor Hoffman Padres 552
Dennis Eckersley A's 320
Troy Percival Angels 316
Jeff Montgomery Royals 304
Kenley Jansen Dodgers 301
Source: Baseball-Reference

This is Sparta: Kenley Jansen saved the first two games in San Diego, giving him 300 in his career. He’s the 30th player with 300 career saves, and just the sixth player to save 300 or more games with one team. Jansen, who saved 33 games in 2019, is the only pitcher in baseball with at least 30 saves in each of the last six years.

Life begins at 35: Joc Pederson hit his 35th home run of the season on Wednesday, and Max Muncy did the same on Saturday. Along with Cody Bellinger (47 home runs), Pederson (36) and Muncy (35) are the first trio of Dodgers with 35 home runs in the same season. They are the 17th team in MLB history to do this, a list that also includes this year’s Braves team.

Muncy is the first Dodger with consecutive seasons of 35 or more home runs since Shawn Green in 2001-02. Muncy was also the first Dodger with consecutive seasons of 30+ homers since Green.

Double your pleasure: Corey Seager cleared the bases with a three-run double in the first inning on Sunday, his career-best 44th double of the year. He tied Anthony Rendon for the league lead, the first Dodger to lead the NL in doubles since Wes Parker in 1970. Seager and Parker are the only two LA Dodgers to lead the league in doubles, and the only two for the franchise in the last 78 seasons.

Walk this way: Muncy walked four times Sunday to get to 90 for the season, along with Bellinger’s 95 free passes. It’s the eighth time the Dodgers have had teammates with 90 walks, and the first time since Gary Sheffield and Green in 2000.

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Stats

Week 27 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
Pederson 16 6 6 0 0 4 6 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 19 0.375 0.421 1.125 1.546 0.182 Pederson
Smith 13 4 5 1 0 1 5 1 0 2 2 2 0 0 17 0.385 0.529 0.692 1.222 0.400 Smith
Bellinger 15 3 6 1 0 1 1 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 17 0.400 0.471 0.667 1.137 0.417 Bellinger
Muncy 20 6 6 1 0 2 6 0 0 6 5 1 0 0 27 0.300 0.481 0.650 1.131 0.308 Muncy
Taylor 18 4 6 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 9 0 0 0 21 0.333 0.429 0.556 0.984 0.625 Taylor
Turner 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 5 0.333 0.600 0.333 0.933 0.333 Turner
Seager 16 3 4 3 0 1 5 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 17 0.250 0.294 0.625 0.919 0.231 Seager
Lux 20 2 3 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 9 0 0 0 21 0.150 0.190 0.300 0.490 0.273 Lux
Pollock 12 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 13 0.167 0.231 0.167 0.397 0.222 Pollock
Hernandez 15 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 16 0.067 0.125 0.067 0.192 0.100 Hernandez
Starters 148 29 40 8 1 10 29 2 0 19 39 5 0 1 173 0.270 0.370 0.541 0.910 0.300 Starters
Barnes 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000 1.000 Barnes
Rios 6 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 7 0.167 0.286 0.667 0.952 0.000 Rios
Martin 6 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 7 0.333 0.429 0.500 0.929 0.400 Martin
Negrón 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667 0.333 Negrón
Freese 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0.200 0.200 0.200 0.400 0.250 Freese
Beaty 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 11 0.000 0.091 0.000 0.091 0.000 Beaty
Gyorko 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 8 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 Gyorko
Bench 43 3 7 1 0 1 3 0 1 3 14 0 0 0 46 0.163 0.217 0.256 0.473 0.214 Bench
Pitchers 10 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 11 0.300 0.300 0.400 0.700 0.750 Pitchers
Offense 201 33 50 10 1 11 33 2 1 22 59 5 1 1 230 0.249 0.336 0.473 0.809 0.295 Offense

Week 27 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
Ryu 1 1 1 0 7.0 5 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0.00 0.714 1.20 Ryu
Kershaw 1 1 1 0 6.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 7 0 0.00 0.500 1.37 Kershaw
Hill 2 2 0 0 5.0 1 0 0 0 4 0 9 0 0.00 1.000 2.00 Hill
Buehler 1 1 1 0 5.0 5 2 2 0 4 0 8 0 3.60 1.800 2.40 Buehler
Stripling 1 1 0 0 3.0 4 3 3 0 1 0 7 0 9.00 1.667 -0.47 Stripling
Starters 6 6 3 0 0 26.0 17 5 5 0 10 0 38 0 1.73 1.038 1.43 Starters
Maeda 3 0 0 1 3.3 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 0.00 0.600 1.10 Maeda
May 3 1 0 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0.00 0.000 -0.13 May
Jansen 3 0 0 3 3.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 1 0.00 0.667 2.53 Jansen
Gonsolin 2 1 0 3.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 1 0.00 0.667 3.53 Gonsolin
Urias 3 0 0 2.7 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0.00 1.125 3.95 Urias
Baez 2 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0.00 0.500 3.70 Baez
Sadler 2 0 0 2.0 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0.00 2.000 3.70 Sadler
Ferguson 2 0 0 1.7 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0.00 1.200 1.40 Ferguson
Stripling 1 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 1.000 1.20 Stripling
Kershaw 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.000 1.20 Kershaw
Sborz 1 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00 1.000 -2.80 Sborz
Kolarek 3 0 0 0.7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 1.500 0.20 Kolarek
Kelly 1 0 0 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.000 3.20 Kelly
Floro 4 1 0 2.3 5 3 3 0 0 0 2 0 11.57 2.143 1.49 Floro
Garcia 2 0 0 0.7 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 13.50 3.000 7.70 Garcia
Bullpen 33 0 3 0 4 28.0 16 4 4 0 10 1 33 3 1.29 0.929 2.13 Bullpen
Totals 39 6 6 0 4 54.0 33 9 9 0 20 1 71 3 1.50 0.981 1.79 Totals

Previous weeks in review: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13 | Week 14 | Week 15 | Week 16 | Week 17 | Week 18 | Week 19 | Week 20 | Week 21 | Week 22 | Week 23 | Week 24 | Week 25 | Week 26

The week ahead

It’s playoff time! We know the Dodgers will start the NLDS at Dodger Stadium with the first two games Thursday and Friday. What we don’t yet know is their opponent, with the Dodgers getting the winner of the Ronnie Belliard gauntlet that is Tuesday’s NL wild card game. The Dodgers haven’t announced their rotation for the NLDS, but this is my guess.

First week postseason schedule

Mon, Sep 30 Tue, Oct 1 Wed, Oct 2 Thu, Oct 3 Fri, Oct 4 Sat, Oct 5 Sun, Oct 6
Mon, Sep 30 Tue, Oct 1 Wed, Oct 2 Thu, Oct 3 Fri, Oct 4 Sat, Oct 5 Sun, Oct 6
Off NL WC game AL WC game NLDS G1 NLDS G2 Off NLDS G3
MIL at WAS TB at OAK vs. MIL/WAS vs. MIL/WAS at MIL/WAS
5 p.m. 5 p.m. TBA TBA TBA
Scherzer v. Morton v. Ryu v. Kershaw v. Buehler v.
Woodruff TBA TBD TBD TBD
TBS ESPN/ESPN2 TBS TBS TBS