If there’s been one overriding theme so far for the 1920 Dodgers, it isn’t all those extra innings, though those games have been plentiful. So far, the story of the season is terrible weather.
The Dodgers this season have played 25 games in 39 days. They’ve been rained out 13 times, including four straight days this last week. The final two games at Robison Field in St. Louis were rained out Sunday and Monday, followed by the first two games at Redland Field in Cincinnati washed away on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Once the Dodgers finally got their week started on the field, Thursday in Cincinnati, they were blanked by the Reds, 7-0. Dutch Ruether pitched his second shutout in three games for the Reds, lowering his ERA to 1.21 on the season, including three total runs allowed in 44 innings so far in May.
Brooklyn returned the favor on Friday, blanking the Reds 3-0 behind Leon Cadore, the iron man with his best game since the 26-inning marathon three weeks earlier. Cadore on the season has a 1.10 ERA in 65⅓ innings. In six starts.
The Dodgers rode that offensive wave Saturday in Pittsburgh, beating the Pirates 4-1 to back Burleigh Grimes. First baseman Ed Konetchy doubled home two runs in this one, and had at least one extra-base hit and at least two hits in all three games this week, going 7-for-12 (.583) with two triples and two doubles.
Rain has wreaked havoc on the Dodgers’ schedule so far. Brooklyn has played 24 games to completion with a decision this year, tied with Boston for fewest in the National League. The Cubs lead the way, with 31 games to date.
Week 6 summary
7 runs scored (2.33 per game)
8 runs allowed (2.67 per game)
.439 pythagorean record
Year to date
93 runs scored (3.72 per game)
70 runs allowed (2.80 per game)
.627 pythagorean record
NL standing: 3rd place, ½ game back of the Pirates and Reds
- Sunday, May 16: Dodgers at Cardinals, ppd. rain
- Monday, May 17: Dodgers at Cardinals, ppd. rain
- Tuesday, May 18: Dodgers at Reds, ppd. rain
- Wednesday, May 19: Dodgers at Reds, ppd. rain
- Thursday, May 20: Reds 7, Dodgers 0
- Friday, May 21: Dodgers 3, Reds 0
- Saturday, May 22: Dodgers 4, Pirates 1
The Dodgers run the Ed Abbaticchio gauntlet, playing the Pirates, Phillies, and Braves. There are eight games packed into seven days, including two rainout makeups, and a doubleheader next Saturday against Boston. The Pirates series is another disjointed one thanks to Pennsylvania blue laws. The Dodgers and Pirates have a five-game series which started this Saturday in Pittsburgh, followed by a quick Sunday game in Brooklyn, then back to Pittsburgh for three more days.