They seem to have a “get ‘er done” attitude – Two runs was all it took to sweep the Mets in the final game.
Andre Ethier, who is hitting HALF HIS WEIGHT the past 13 games, hit a sac fly in the first and Russ Martin drove in the winning run in the 8th. Jeff Weaver, who was pulled after 69 pitches in 5 innings was solid, and the pen pitched well, including Ramon Troncoso’s 2 shutout innings. He now has a 1.69 ERA. Leach got his first MLB win by being in the right spot at the right time, and Big Bad Jon came in and slammed the door for his 11th save. These guys seldom beat themselves. Defensively they are stellar, even Juan Pierre in LF. Here’s some stats that shed light on how solid this team has been:
- Best Record in Baseball – 29-13
- 2nd in the NL in Fielding and 2nd fewest errors
- We have caught 12 runners stealing (27 were successful)
- 2nd in batting average
- 1st in runs scored
- 1st in hits
- 2nd in doubles
- 1st in walks taken
- 3rd in stolen bases
- In the bottom half in strikouts (offensive)
- 1st in OB%
- 1st in pitching ERA
- 2nd in strikeouts (pitching)
- 2nd fewest HR allowed
Our biggest weakness is that we have walked more batters than any team in the NL except the Nationals!
RANTS & RAVES
- There’s a good article in Dodgers.com on Steve Johnson who pitches at Inland Empire. I see him as a #4-type pitcher, but he could possibly become a #3.
- Kuroda and Schmidt will both pitch rehab starts this weekend at Inland Empire.
- The Dodgers have a day off today before a 3-game series with the Anahiem Angels of Orange County of Los Angeles of California of the USA of North America of the Earth of the Milky Way, or whatever Arte calls them.