Week 21 In Review: Out of Office: Offense Edition

This week it was announced that the Dodger’s would grace the cover of Sports Illustrated with the headline “Best. Team. Ever?” So naturally, they lost a no-hitter in the 10th, and saw their undefeated series streak end. Obviously they’re cursed…Orrr maybe we’re reasonable people that understand the Dodgers were probably not going to win every series until the end of time. Maybe with all the magical moments they’ve had this year, something wasn’t going to go their way. Doesn’t make the Rich Hill game any less brutal but that’s baseball. That’s the game I signed up for, and that’s what keeps us hooked.  As a staff it’s great to see peak Hill along with an impressive Ryu and Maeda. They’ve been incredibly impressive the last few weeks. The offense, on the other hand, has not been impressive. This was evident in the Rich Hill game. Take a look at some of these offensive lines:

Justin Turner: .167/286/.208

Adrian Gonzalez: .192/250/.346

Logan Forsythe: .200/.455/.467

Chris Taylor: .226/.294/.290

Curtis Gradnerson also hit .143 on the week though he worked 8 walks and hit for power and still found ways to be productive. Of the players in this group, Adrian Gonzalez is the big concern. After missing a large chunk of the season due to injury, he’s hardly been productive when he has been on the field. I do expect him to turn around a bit, as he adjusts after missing so much time, but he shouldn’t be anywhere near the heart of the lineup, and I don’t expect him to be. Dave Roberts has already stated that Cody Bellinger will take over at first base when he returns which will be a much needed boost in the lineup. The Dodgers faced some tough pitching this week, which is hardly an excuse as that’s almost exclusively what they will see in the playoffs, but it’s not time to hit the panic button. Even with the poor numbers the Dodgers still won four of seven this week, and their stars aren’t going to slump forever. Oh, and they’re still on pace to win 114 games with Kershaw and Bellinger set to return, so they should be fine.

8/21      6-5        W      @PIT
8/22      8-5       W      @PIT
8/23      0-1        L       @PIT
8/24      5-2       W      @PIT
8/25      3-1        W       MIL
8/26      0-3       L        MIL
8/27      2-3        L       MIL

Record For The Week: 4-3

Key Moments:

  • Granderson’s grand slam
  • Puig’s homer in the 12th
  • Gonzales 2,000 hit
  • Dodgers reach 90 wins
  • Rich Hill takes no hitter into the 10th
  • Maeda holds brewers to 1 hit

Injury Update:
Cody Bellinger (mid right ankle sprain) Scheduled to return 8/30
Grant Dayton (neck stiffness) Shcheduled for Tommy John surgery
Andre Ether (lower back) Sent on Triple-A assignment
Josh Fields (lower back) placed on 10-day DL
Scott Kazmir (left hip strain) throwing simulated games
Adam Liberatore (forearm) Sent on Class A rehab assignment
Brandon McCarthy (blister) Sent on Class A rehab assignment
Alex Wood (join inflammation) Placed on 10-day DL
Clayton Kershaw (lower back) Sent on Triple-A assignment

Player of the Week: Richard Joesph Hill

Rich Hill was brilliant in his outing on Wednesday and he would have pitched a perfect game… if the dodgers had scored a run, or if Forsythe could have fielded a ground ball, or if Granderson was like 6 inches taller. Nonetheless, it was a brilliant outing. Baseball is cruel sometimes.

Week Twenty-One Puig:

You got, “M-V-Puig”

Puig was a bright spot in an otherwise quiet week offensively. Puig made several brilliant defensive plays to go with his strong offensive line:

.417/517/.792

3 2B
2 HR
4 BB
6 SO

Puig has been impressive all season long but weeks like this display Puig’s incredible ceiling. Plus he had this gem about the SI cover curse:

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