Dodgers facts and figures after four NLCS games

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By Jon Weisman

With the National League Championship Series between the Cubs and Dodgers now tied at 2-2, let’s do what we did after it was tied 1-1 and reset the scene …

Pitching status

The Dodger staff is fairly rested heading into what is essentially a best-of-three series for the NL pennant.

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  • Since throwing 51 pitches in National League Division Series Game 5, Kenley Jansen has thrown 39 over seven days.
  • Joe Blanton has thrown only 13 since NLCS Game 1, five days ago.
  • In his first 2016 postseason action, lefty Alex Wood threw two shutout innings.
  • No Dodger reliever has pitched back-to-back days in the NLCS.
  • Clayton Kershaw will start Game 6 on five days’ rest, meaning no leash.
  • Kershaw and Rich Hill, the Dodgers’ potential Game 7 starter, have these combined NLCS numbers: 13 innings, four hits, three walks, 12 strikeouts, 0.00 ERA.

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Kenta Maeda, Game 5 starter

  • Maeda will pitch Game 5 today on four days’ rest, with only 66 pitches thrown in the past nine days.
  • The right-hander’s slump is relatively recent. In his first four September starts, his ERA was 2.01 with 23 strikeouts.
  • In four starts since, including two in the playoffs, Maeda has allowed 15 runs in 13 2/3 innings.
  • After going two months (July 23-September 21) without allowing more than three runs in a game, he has done so in two of his past three outings.

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Justin Turner

  • Leading the Dodgers in hitting this postseason is Turner, who is 9 for 28 with a triple, two homers, seven walks and three hit-by-pitches, for a .500 OBP and .607 slugging percentage.
  • That OBP and slugging percentage leads all players who reached the NLCS or ALCS.
  • Oddly, after setting a Division Series record in 2015 with six doubles and hitting 34 in the 2016 regular season, Turner has none in nine playoff games this October.
  • Turner has eight (25 percent) of the Dodgers’ 32 RBI.

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At the plate

  • After Turner, the Dodgers’ top playoff hitters have been Andrew Toles (.429 OBP in 21 plate appearances), Joc Pederson (.786 OPS) and Adrián González (4 for 15 with a homer and walk in the NLCS).
  • While playing second base in the NLCS, Chase Utley, Kiké Hernandez and Howie Kendrick are 0 for 15 with three walks.
  • After starting the postseason 0 for 10 (with three walks), Yasiel Puig has gone 3 for 4 and is expected to start tonight against Jon Lester.
  • Wednesday’s Game 4 marked the first time this postseason the Dodgers hadn’t homered.

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More team notes

  • The Dodgers’ six-run win in Game 3 was more than reversed by an eight-run loss in Game 4. Despite a 5-4 record, Los Angeles has been outscored 18-13 in the NLCS and 42-32 in the playoffs.
  • In their four playoff losses, the Dodgers have allowed 31 runs. In their five playoff wins, they have allowed 11 runs.
  • In the fifth inning of NLDS Game 2, Kendrick caught an Anthony Rendon fly ball and threw out Bryce Harper trying to score. The Dodger defense has not turned a double play in 65 innings since.
  • The Dodgers’ four errors Wednesday were more than they had in their first eight playoff games combined.
  • Los Angeles has shut out Chicago in 28 of 34 NLCS innings. The Cubs have scored their 18 runs in six innings, including two five-run innings.
  • During innings 1-3 this week (NLCS Games 2-4), the Cubs are 1 for 29 with three walks.
  • Of the 21 nine-inning playoff games in Dodger history that have lasted at least 3 1/2 hours, seven have been in the past two weeks. The average game time this postseason has been 3:45.

1 Comment

The length of the games has been a much bigger problem, especially given that they are played so that they are on in prime time in the east. And it’s time for umpires to enforce the 20-second rule–or, more accurately, for the umpires to feel that if they enforce it, MLB will support them, because that lack of support is the reason they won’t do it now. To be fair, part of the problem is the extra time between innings for commercials. But I think it was Harold Reynolds who said this, in one of his few lucid moments, and knowledgeable folks have known this for a long time: the longer the time between pitches, the harder it is to play defense, because you fall back on your heels.

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