Dodgers Report: Jeff Shaw
May, 25, 2012
By Dan Braunstein | ESPN Stats & Information
Here is a statistical look at the Dodgers, focusing on games from May 18 to May 23. Baseball-Reference.com continues to be an invaluable resource.
HOME, SWEEP HOME
The Dodgers’ sweep of the Cardinals over the weekend was their fifth of the year, all at home. Last season, the Dodgers had four series sweeps all season. The Dodgers are now 19-4 at home, and their ERA at Dodger Stadium is nearly two full runs lower than it is on the road.
Clayton Kershaw’s shutout in the middle game of the series improved the Dodgers to 7-0 on Saturdays and lowered his career ERA at Dodger Stadium to 2.39. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the best home ERA among any active pitcher with at least 50 starts.
The sweep of the Cardinals was the Dodgers’ second straight sweep against St. Louis, dating back to last season. It’s the first time the Dodgers have swept consecutive series against the Cardinals since 1976.
May, 11, 2012
By Dan Braunstein | Stats & Information | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Matt Kartozian/US PresswireTim Lincecum has struck out Matt Kemp 17 times. No other pitchers has more than 10 Ks against Kemp.
We look back at the Dodgers’ week starting May 4, with thanks again to Baseball-Reference.com
Dodgers stay in the park in beating Giants
The Dodgers took two of three games from the Giants, outscoring San Francisco 16 to 5 over the three-game series. They hadn’t outscored the Giants by 11 runs in a series since Sept. 18-20, 2009. The Dodgers did not hit a home run in this week’s series but did hit nine doubles and two triples. Dodgers pitching registered 27 strikeouts over the three games.
Coming through in a pinchTony Gwynn Jr.’s pinch-hit, bases loaded triple gave the Dodgers a lead they did not relinquish in Wednesday’s 6-2 win over the Giants. It was the first pinch-hit, bases-clearing triple for the Dodgers since June 12, 1973, when Steve Garvey came off the bench to deliver the hit. Like Gwynn’s triple, Garvey’s gave the Dodgers a lead they would not give up.
Scott Van Slyke made his major league debut in Wednesday’s win, delivering a pinch-hit RBI single in his first career plate appearance. The last Dodger with an RBI pinch hit in his major league debut was Bubba Crosby, who did so on May 29, 2003 in Colorado. No Dodger had done it at home since Carl Warwick on April 11, 1961, also in a game the Dodgers won 6-2.
Gwynn and Van Slyke combined to drive in four runs as pinch hitters Wednesday. The Dodgers entered play that day with two pinch-hit RBI all season. The four pinch-hit RBI matched last year’s season high (June 11 at Colorado). It was the first time the Dodgers had four pinch-hit RBI against the Giants since June 28, 1993, when Dave Hansen came off the bench to hit a walk-off grand slam to give the Dodgers a 4-0 win.
Kemp not a fan of LincecumMatt Kemp struck out three times Wednesday night, his first three-strikeout game of the season. All three strikeouts came against Tim Lincecum; it’s the first time one pitcher has struck out Kemp three times in a game since September 5, 2010 against the Giants’ Jonathan Sanchez.
Kemp has struck out 17 times in 42 career plate appearances against Lincecum. No pitcher has struck out Kemp more than 10 times (two pitchers have faced Kemp more than Lincecum has: Barry Zito and Ubaldo Jimenez). Kemp has just one extra-base hit, a double last season, against Lincecum.