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Dodgers Week 9: Homestand woes

MLB: JUN 01 Pirates at Dodgers Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Dodgers stepped in it a bit last week, dropping five out of seven games, including things we very rarely see. First, the Pirates swept a series at Dodger Stadium after not winning a game in their previous four trips to Los Angeles.

Then came an entertaining series against the Mets, a four-game split between the teams with the two best records in the National League. But that included bullpen woes over the weekend that included Dave Roberts trying to use a position player to pitch when he wasn’t allowed, because apparently 14 active pitchers isn’t enough. Brusdar Graterol had rough outings both Saturday and Sunday, taking the loss in blowing an eighth-inning lead in the finale.

Walker Buehler had arguably his worst week in the majors, allowing at least four runs in back-to-back starts for the first time and having his shortest career start on Saturday.

During the schedule gauntlet of 31 games in 30 days, the Dodgers acquitted themselves quite well, going 19-12. But it sure doesn’t feel like it after a 2-5 homestand.

Batter of the week

Mookie Betts continued to produce from the top of the order, hitting two home runs while leading the team in hits and runs batted in. Honorable mention goes to Trea Turner and Chris Taylor, who had solid weeks in an otherwise quiet week for the offense, averaging just four runs per game.

Pitcher of the week

It was the closest of calls, but we’re going with Tony Gonsolin by only a sliver over Tyler Anderson this week. Both faced the high-powered Mets offense, both pitched six scoreless innings, and both struck out five batters. Anderson allowed three hits and hit a batter, Gonsolin allowed only two hits and walked a batter, providing the slimmest of margins. Either way, they have been the Dodgers’ best two pitchers this season.

Week 9 results

2-5 record
28 runs scored (4.00 per game)
34 runs allowed (4.86 per game)
.412 pythagorean win percentage

Year to date

35-19 record
290 runs scored (5.37 per game)
177 runs allowed (3.28 per game)
.712 pythagorean win percentage (38-16)

Miscellany

Endgame: Trea Turner went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Saturday, which snapped his 26-game hit streak, during which he hit .350/.404/.573 with nine doubles, four home runs, and a triple. Turner also had a 27-game streak that ran from the end of last regular season into the first eight games this year. Turner’s 26-game stretch is the longest hit streak in MLB fully contained within this season. He started a new streak with two hits Sunday, including a home run.

Transactions

Thursday: Caleb Ferguson was recalled from Triple-A, and Michael Grove was optioned.

Thursday: Kevin Pillar fractured his shoulder and landed on the injured list, expected to miss the season after surgery later this week. Zach McKinstry was recalled.

Friday: Edwin Ríos suffered a hamstring strain and is expected to miss “a handful of weeks” on the injured list. Eddy Alvarez got the call from Triple-A, and to make room on the 40-man roster, Pillar was moved to the 60-day IL.

Game results

Week 9 batting

Player AB R H 2B HR RBI SB BB PA BA OBP SLG OPS
Player AB R H 2B HR RBI SB BB PA BA OBP SLG OPS
Betts 31 3 11 2 2 7 2 2 33 0.355 0.394 0.613 1.007
T.Turner 29 5 9 3 2 5 1 0 29 0.310 0.310 0.621 0.931
Taylor 23 3 8 1 1 3 0 2 25 0.348 0.400 0.522 0.922
J.Turner 23 4 5 2 0 2 0 5 28 0.217 0.357 0.304 0.661
Ríos 10 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 12 0.100 0.250 0.400 0.650
Freeman 31 2 7 2 0 1 1 2 33 0.226 0.273 0.290 0.563
Lux 21 2 4 1 0 0 2 3 24 0.190 0.292 0.238 0.530
Smith 19 1 2 0 1 1 0 4 23 0.105 0.261 0.263 0.524
Bellinger 17 3 2 1 1 3 0 1 18 0.118 0.167 0.353 0.520
Starters 204 24 49 12 8 23 5 20 225 0.240 0.311 0.417 0.728
McKinstry 4 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 4 0.250 0.250 1.000 1.250
Alberto 10 2 3 0 1 1 0 0 10 0.300 0.300 0.600 0.900
Alvarez 5 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 5 0.400 0.400 0.400 0.800
Pillar 9 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 10 0.111 0.200 0.222 0.422
Barnes 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 0.143 0.250 0.143 0.393
Bench 35 4 8 1 2 4 0 2 37 0.229 0.270 0.429 0.699
Offense 239 28 57 13 10 27 6 22 262 0.238 0.305 0.418 0.724

Week 9 pitching

Pitcher G Record IP H R ER BB SO ERA WHIP FIP
Pitcher G Record IP H R ER BB SO ERA WHIP FIP
Anderson 1 1-0 6.0 3 0 0 0 5 0.00 0.500 1.98
Gonsolin 1 1-0 6.0 2 0 0 1 5 0.00 0.500 1.98
Urías 2 0-1 11.3 11 5 5 4 12 3.97 1.324 5.53
White 1 0-1 5.0 4 3 3 2 7 5.40 1.200 4.15
Buehler 2 0-1 8.3 12 9 9 3 10 9.72 1.800 8.07
Starters 7 2-3 36.7 32 17 17 10 39 4.17 1.145 4.76
Phillips 3 0-0 3.7 2 0 0 1 5 0.00 0.818 2.06
Hudson 2 0-0, Sv 2.3 1 0 0 0 4 0.00 0.429 -0.28
Ferguson 2 0-0 1.3 0 0 0 2 2 0.00 1.500 6.90
Almonte 3 0-0 4.0 2 1 1 1 4 2.25 0.750 5.15
Kimbrel 3 0-2, Sv 4.0 2 3 1 1 6 2.25 0.750 0.90
Price 2 0-0 2.7 3 1 1 1 4 3.38 1.500 0.15
Bruihl 1 0-0 1.3 2 1 1 0 0 6.75 1.500 12.90
Vesia 3 0-0 2.3 4 2 2 1 3 7.71 2.143 7.44
Graterol 4 0-0 4.7 7 6 6 0 5 11.57 1.500 4.44
Grove 1 0-0 1.0 3 3 3 1 0 27.00 4.000 3.15
Bullpen 24 0-2, 2 Sv 27.3 26 17 15 8 33 4.94 1.244 3.63
Totals 31 2-5 64.0 58 34 32 18 72 4.50 1.188 4.28

Previous weekly reviews: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8

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Week 10 schedule

Mon, Jun 6 Tue, Jun 7 Wed, Jun 8 Thu, Jun 9 Fri, Jun 10 Sat, Jun 11 Sun, Jun 12
Mon, Jun 6 Tue, Jun 7 Wed, Jun 8 Thu, Jun 9 Fri, Jun 10 Sat, Jun 11 Sun, Jun 12
Off at White Sox at White Sox at White Sox at Giants at Giants at Giants
5:10 p.m. 5:10 p.m. 11:10 a.m. 7:15 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 1:05 p.m.
White v. Gonsolin v. Anderson v. Buehler v. Urías v. Kershaw v.
Kopech Cueto Cease Webb Junis Rodón (L)
SNLA/TBS* SNLA SNLA/MLBN* SNLA Fox SNLA
*available out of market