Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Post-Game 162 Thread: Uribe, Kershaw Manage Dodgers To Victory


While Don Mattingly and Rick Honeycutt played hooky, substitute manager Juan Uribe and substitute pitching coach Clayton Kershaw managed the Dodgers to a double-up victory over the Rockies in the last game of the 2014 season. Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, and Roger Bernadina all had homeruns today, but none of them had the Uribe "jazz-hands" follow-through, which I'm sure provided post-game sessions with the film crew as Uribe explained the mechanics of a violent bat swing and subsequent bat flip. Zack Greinke went five innings, allowing one run and five hits, which put him 5-0 with a 2.34 ERA over his last eight starts. Save it for the postseason, Zack!

The indefatigable Ken Gurnick did a great summary of some of the Dodgers' statistical highlights this year:

Kershaw became the first pitcher ever to win four consecutive ERA titles (1.77) and also led the league with 21 wins (as he did in 2011), an .875 winning percentage, six complete games and a ratio of 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings. He missed a strikeout title and second pitching Triple Crown by three strikeouts. He is the first MLB pitcher to win 21 games in as few as 27 starts since at least 1901.

Dee Gordon became the first Dodger to lead the league in stolen bases (64) since Davey Lopes in 1976 and the first to lead the league in triples since Brett Butler tied for the lead in the strike-shortened 1994 season.

Adrian Gonzalez became the first Dodger to lead MLB in RBIs (116) since Matt Kemp in 2011.

Yasiel Puig led the league with 15 outfield assists, the most since Kemp tied for the league lead with 16 in 2008.

The Dodgers offense led the league in on-base percentage (.333) for the first time in Los Angeles history, led the league in team stolen bases (138) for the first time since 1970 and was shut out five times, the lowest total since five in strike-shortened 1981.

The pitching staff set a franchise record with a league-leading 1,373 strikeouts.

What a year. Gotta keep pitching.


Unknown said...

Why is Jamey Wright being considered for a post season roster slot, since his ERA over the last 3 months is over 7.00 ?