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    Default Dodgers May '07 Recap...

    Dodgers May ’07 Recap.

    April '07 recap, here.

    A second winning month for the '07 season.

    Overall Record:
    31 wins, 22 losses (Fifth-best in the Majors, First in the NL West)

    Month of May Record:
    16 Wins, 11 losses.

    Series Won/Lost:
    6 wins, 2 losses, 1 tie

    Team Offensive Stats:

    Batting Average:
    .264 (13th) (Essentially on-par with April's .263/13th. Still not where it needs to be.)

    OBP:
    .335 (12th) (Again, on-par with April's .331/12th. I'd like to see a more dramatic increase in June.)

    Runs Scored:
    233 (19th) (Looks as if we've dropped 9 spots overall in this department.)

    Total Bases:
    681 (25th) (A big drop in the overall league standings for this statistic.)

    HR:
    31 (29th) [(Miserable. Even dropped one spot in the standings in this stat. We need some power in a big way. Hopefully, Ned makes a move sometime soon.)

    RBI:
    223 (18th) (Run production dropped off dramatically for the month of May.)

    K’s:
    259 (3rd fewest) (Climbed from fifth fewest in this category, essentially matching the number of K's from April during the month of May.)

    BB’s:
    186 (9th) (Climbed a couple of spots in this stat. Combine this with the relatively few strikeouts and a team should logically have a better month in runs scored. Wonder what happened?)

    SB’s:
    40 (7th) (We're obviously not running as much as we did in the first month.)

    Team Pitching Stats:

    ERA:
    3.48 (4th) (Still good, here!)

    Runs Allowed:
    200 (4th lowest) (Better month-over-month.)

    K’s:
    390 (1st) (FIRST IN THE LEAGUE IN STRIKEOUTS!!)

    Walks:
    163 (13th lowest) (An improvement over April's 13th lowest.)

    WHIP:
    1.28 (5th) (Still solid, and improved over April's ranking.)

    And now for some individual stats. I’ll just give the five leaders. Offensive stats I’ve limited to those who have played more than 10 games, and I’ve left out Pitchers.

    Offensive Stats:

    Batting Average:
    1) Martin .303
    2) Furcal .302
    3) Gonzales .291
    4) Garciaparra .288
    5) Pierre .276

    OBP:
    1) LaRoche .444
    2) Martin .382
    3) Gonzales .381
    4) Furcal .372
    5) Saenz .358

    HR:
    1) Kent 8
    2) Gonzales/Martin 6
    3) Betemit 5
    4) Ethier 4

    RBI:
    1) Martin 37
    2) Garciaparra 32
    3) Kent 30
    4) Ethier 24
    5) Gonzales 20


    SB:
    1) Pierre 17
    2) Martin 8
    3) Furcal 6 (Raffy's speed? Where'd it go?)


    Pitching Stats:

    IP:
    1) Lowe 78.2
    2) Penny 70.0
    3) Wolf 66.0
    4) Hendrickson 54.0
    5) Tomko 47.2

    Wins/Losses:
    1) Penny 7-1
    2) Wolf 6-3
    3) Lowe 5-5
    4) Hendrickson 2-3
    5) Tomko 1-5

    ERA (Current Starters):
    1) Penny 2.06
    2) Lowe 3.32
    3) Wolf 3.41
    4) Hendrickson 4.17
    5) Tomko 5.66

    ERA (Relievers):
    1) Saito 1.64
    2) Broxton 2.89
    3) Tsao 3.00
    4) Seanez 3.08
    5) Beimel 3.75

    Wolf has the most SO.
    Lowe has the most BB.
    Tomko has the most ER.
    Wolf has hit the most batters.

    In terms of offense, our somewhat reliable homerun producer from last year (Garciaparra) needs to get his long-ball swing back. With only one homerun so far this year, he's on-pace for, what, three? Not Nomar!! The apparent hole in the lineup created by our offensively listless third-basemen is really kinda killing us. Furcal's ankle must still be bothering him, as I don't see him running nearly as often as he did last year. Trade deadline is forever away, it seems. Wonder what Ned's got in the works, if anything? It kinda made sense that he might have a deal going since LaRoche and Abreu came up rather unexpectedly.

    Pitching is still solid. The bullpen was shuffled around a little towards the end of the month with the return (and possible imminent departure due to re-injury??) of Brazoban and the reassignment of Tomko. The return of Schmidt in perhaps the second week of June should augment our already solid top-three, hopefully to the point where we won't have to rely on Hendrickson as often. Has Broxton's velocity dropped off or am I just imagining things?

    The end result of the month of May was a team that is still in first place and is still playing nine games above .500, which is pretty damned good considering the Dodgers Teams we've had to put up with for the majority of the last decade.

    June is going to be a good month, I have a feeling. Even though we've got some tough tests coming, I think we'll weather the month well.

    We shall see.
    Last edited by FBJ; June 1st, 2007 at 09:31 AM.
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    thanks for the summary FBJ

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    Wow, thanks for the breakdown FBJ!

    I hope June's numbers are better with the bottom 2 starting rotation, having Schmidt will help.

    And we also need to see who is going to step up and take 3rd base. At this point I'd like to see the Dodgers trade for Scott Rolen because Betemit can't hit unless it's off the bench, LaRoche is good defensively but his hitting is inconsistent, and Abreu had a great bat but has been bad throwing the ball to first.

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    Gotta agree with pretty much what FBJ said. The pitching has been great and the offense has been abysmal. We need the pitching to carry us most of the way, and so far so good.

    Schmidt coming back is going to be huge, because the real Hendrickson and Tomko have shown up. Would like to see Billingsley or Kuo in the 5 spot. DFA Hendrickson if you must--both are done after this year IIRC.

    Luckily most of the teams in the West are built like us--good pitching, terrible offense. The Mets are the only really scary team in the NL though.

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    The schedule breaks down as...

    4-PIT(23-30)
    5-SD (31-22)
    6-TOR(25-28)
    3-NYM(34-18)
    3-LAA (33-21)
    3-TB (22-29)
    4-ARI (32-23)

    Only 2 series against the NL West and they are against the Dodgers are tied with for 1st.

    3 Interleague series, but only the Angels are above .500.

    HUGE series against the hated Mets. Redemption for last years' playoffs.
    Last edited by kingofdodgers; May 31st, 2007 at 11:17 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingofdodgers
    HUGE series against the hated Mets. Redemption for last years' playoffs.
    Maybe huge for a revenge mindset, but those SD and AZ games are by far the most important because they pretty much count double (in that they're not just a win, but a loss for a division opponent).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbruin152 View Post
    Maybe huge for a revenge mindset, but those SD and AZ games are by far the most important because they pretty much count double (in that they're not just a win, but a loss for a division opponent).
    i dont see how you couldnt be more right, but the met series would be good for the midset of at least one of the two guys that were thrown out at home *ahem* jeff kent *ahem*

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    Not a Dodger fan... but awesome job FBJ for listing all those stats. Must have taken up quite some time. Breakdowns like that, all in one page is just awesome to see.
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