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With Nothing Left to Root For but a Cubs-Red Sox World Series...
2003-09-29 09:12
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

... because it would be the greatest sports matchup in history, some more random Dodger notes:

Allowing 34 runs in their final five games, the Dodgers let their team ERA swell to 3.16 for the season. They still led the league by more than half a run, but it wasn't a strong finish to say the least...

Guillermo Mota entered Sunday's game in the eighth inning, and Todd Linden struck out to end the eighth. But that strikeout came against Paul Quantrill, leaving Mota with 99 strikeouts and denying the Dodgers two 100-K relievers...

Shawn Green led the Dodgers with a .280 batting average, the lowest to lead the team in Los Angeles Dodger history. Adrian Beltre's 23 home runs were the lowest to lead the team since Eric Karros' 20 in 1992. Green's 85 RBI were the lowest to lead the team since Mike Marshall's 82 in 1988 - although special mention should go to 1986, when Bill Madlock led the Dodgers with only 60...

The Dodgers have finished with a record above .500 in seven of their past eight seasons, their best stretch since 1976-83...

The Times writes today that the Dodgers may want Green to move to first base. Nothing wrong with getting the increasingly clumsy Green out of right field, but the newspaper adds that the rationale might include the Dodgers resigning Jeromy Burnitz amd moving him to right. As a Dodger, Burnitz had an on-base percentage 30 points lower than Cesar Izturis and a slugging percentage 33 points lower than Beltre. Whatever Burnitz seemed to have solved in the first half of the season with the Mets, he apparently lost when he moved West. However, I'll take a closer at Burnitz later this week.

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