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1920 Dodgers Week 7: Pitchers doing it all

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Brooklyn hurlers carrying a heavy load this season

Burleigh Grimes Warming up to Pitch

Weather took a week off last week, allowing the Brooklyn Dodgers to get eight games in, a rarity so far this season. They went 4-4 on the week against the Pirates, Phillies, and Braves, including a doubleheader sweep of Boston on Saturday.

Burleigh Grimes not only pitched a complete game Wednesday in Pittsburgh, lowering his ERA to 1.23 on the season. He also singled twice and tripled, the latter driving home the winning run in the eighth inning. It was the second three-hit game of the season for Grimes, who is 10-for-21 (.476) with five extra-base hits (three doubles, two triples) and four RBI this year, was a .220 hitter in his first four major league seasons.

Most NL complete games

Team CG Total G CG% Extra CG
Team CG Total G CG% Extra CG
Dodgers 26 33 78.8% 6
Cubs 25 37 67.6% 3
Reds 21 36 58.3% 3
Pirates 20 33 60.6% 2
Phillies 20 35 57.1% 4
Braves 18 33 54.5% 4
Giants 17 33 51.5% 0
Cardinals 15 36 41.7% 2
through May 29, 1920

Grimes has completed all six starts this season, including a 14-inning game and a 13-inning contest.

Complete games have been the norm so far this season, because that’s what starting pitchers do. Brooklyn just happens to be pitching more of them more than any other team. Dodgers pitchers have completed 26 of their 33 starts, most in the National League. Brooklyn’s six extra-inning complete games are two more than the next-closest teams (Braves, Phillies).

Clarence Mitchell was knocked out in the third inning after allowing four runs on Thursday against Philadelphia, the lone Dodgers pitcher in eight games to fail to go the distance last week.

Mitchell, who even after that bad game has a 2.15 ERA in 29⅓ innings this season mostly as a spot starter, also has a dual role with the bat. He took over at first base with Ed Konetchy out, presumably with an injury. Mitchell, who also started in right field twice in April and has pinch hit five times, had two hits Friday in Boston but so far this season is just 3-for-35 (.086). He’s a .257 career hitter in 341 plate appearances through Sunday.

Center fielder Hi Myers drove in six runs thanks to five extra-base hits last week. His sixth-inning home run in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Boston was the Dodgers’ only home run of the week. It was also Brooklyn’s first home run in four weeks.

NL power

Team HR Runs/game
Team HR Runs/game
Phillies 8 3.31
Cardinals 7 4.67
Cubs 6 4.84
Reds 3 4.61
Giants 3 3.67
Dodgers 3 3.52
Braves 3 3.30
Pirates 2 3.15
through May 29, 1920

The Dodgers have hit three home runs on the season, which isn’t the lowest total in the National League. In fact, it’s tied for fourth in the circuit, while the Dodgers are fifth in runs per game.

All three Brooklyn homers were hit at Ebbets Field. Fellow outfielders Bernie Neis and Zack Wheat hit the other two.

Dodgers pitchers have allowed four home runs on the season, including one last week, a three-run shot in the ninth inning on Friday by Braves left fielder Eddie Eayrs. Jeff Pfeffer surrendered that home run, hung with a pair of complete-game losses on the week, allowing seven runs. The 32-year-old right-hander has lost his last five starts.

Leon Cadore split his two starts, including a 10-inning home win Saturday, his third extra-inning complete game in eight starts this season. Cadore on the week allowed six runs in his 18 innings, though just two of them were earned, keeping his ERA a tidy 1.08 on the year.

Week 7 summary

4-4 record
23 runs scored (2.88 per game)
21 runs allowed (2.63 per game)
.542 pythagorean record

Year to date

18-14 record
116 runs scored (3.52 per game)
91 runs allowed (2.76 per game)
.609 pythagorean record

NL standing: 3rd place, 1½ game back of the Cubs

Game results

Up next

The Dodgers run the Doc Marshall gauntlet, playing the Braves and Giants at home, followed by four games at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia against the Phillies. There’s a scheduled doubleheader against New York on Monday at Ebbets Field.