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Blechstra Innings
2003-08-14 08:42
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Extra innings are when the Dodger superiority in pitching should assert itself.

Extra innings are when the Dodger offense should find salvation against the desperation relievers of opposing bullpens.

Instead, the Dodger offense, which prunes in the best of times, has downright disintegrated after the ninth inning, leading to 10 losses in 14 extra-inning games.

Dodger Offense in Extra Innings, 2003

DateOpponentInningsResultABRHBBBAOBPSLGOPS
4/1at Arizona10L, 5-44010.250.250.250.500
4/6at San Diego13W, 4-314133.214.389.214.603
4/7vs. Arizona12L, 6-410030.300.300.300.600
4/13at San Francisco12L, 5-410032.300.417.300.717
4/24at Cincinnati11L, 3-25011.200.333.200.533
6/10at Detroit12W, 3-111231.273.333.273.606
6/13at Cleveland10W, 4-35120.400.500.6001.100
6/23at San Francisco11L, 3-25010.200.200.200.400
7/2vs. San Diego10L, 4-34120.500.5001.2501.750
7/4vs. Arizona10L, 3-13000.000.000.000.000
7/24vs. Colorado11W, 1-05120.400.400.400.800
7/25at Arizona15L, 2-118002.000.100.000.100
8/12at Florida13L, 5-412001.000.083.000.083
8/13at Florida11L, 2-15002.000.286.000.286
Total---(35)4-1011162112.189.280.225.505


More blank points for the Dodger extra-inning offense (I'd call them bullet points, but bullets are not what the team is firing.):

  • 1.54 runs per nine extra innings
  • Two extra-base hits in 111 at-bats
  • An OPS that is 13 percent lower than that of Cesar Izturis
  • No hits in the past 35 at-bats - a 12-inning span!
In general, I do believe that one-run games are decided as much by luck as anything else. But I don't know that luck can explain such a collapse.

Dodger manager Jim Tracy has been wise not to wait for a save situation to use Eric Gagne in relief during the extra-inning games of the past two nights. How much more empty, after all, could the Dodger offense run on?

But this week, it has only served to prolong the agony - and further push an exhausting season for the team into a near-catatonic one.

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