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1920 Dodgers Week 20: Back on top of the National League

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5 wins in 7 games for Brooklyn last week (in 1920)

Baseball Player Jeff Pfeffer in Action

Looking back at the Dodgers 100 years ago, Brooklyn got back on track in the last week, winning five of seven games on the road to regain the top spot in the National League.

What was once a two-team race is now a three-for-all, with the Dodgers, Reds, and Giants within two games. New York was once 10½ games back, but is 24-9 over the last five weeks to close the gap. Surely Brooklyn wouldn’t give up such a large lead to their crosstown rivals, would they?

Pitching was the name of the game last week, with the Dodgers allowing only 17 runs in seven games, and the starters had five complete games while averaging 7.43 innings.

Leon Cadore and Jeff Pfeffer each won both of their starts. Pfeffer was the better of the two, allowing only three runs in 18 innings, including a shutout in Pittsburgh on Monday. In Friday’s win at Wrigley Field, he scattered 14 hits.

Pacing the offense were outfielders Zack Wheat, who hit .458 (11-for-24) with a double and four runs batted in, and Hi Myers, who was 10-for-26 (.385) with three doubles and a triple.

Week 20 summary

5-2 record
27 runs scored (3.86 per game)
17 runs allowed (2.43 per game)
.700 pythagorean record

Year to date

69-52 record
512 runs scored (4.20 per game)
417 runs allowed (3.42 per game)
.593 pythagorean record (72-49)

NL standing: 1st place, a game up on Cincinnati and two up on New York

Game results

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