Tuesday, October 29, 2013

2013 Postseason Report Card

The final installment of my report card series focuses on the postseason.  While it started off great with a 3-1 Division Series win over the Braves, it all came crashing down in a 4-2 defeat against the Cardinals.  Let's take a look.


Brian Wilson - The most consistent pitcher when it was all said and done, he was scoreless in six appearances, striking out eight in six innings.  I would think he earned himself a closer's job next season.

Zack Greinke - Didn't get the luxury of working with much run support, but a 2.57 ERA and 0.76 WHIP in three starts is pretty darn good.  He did blow a 2-0 lead in Game 1 against the Cardinals, but like I said before, his offense gave him next to nothing.

Adrian Gonzalez - Found his power stroke with three homers and two doubles in 10 games, and hit a healthy .316.  Capped off a big season for him at first base.

A.J. Ellis - Caught every single inning in both rounds, plus hit .323 with a .400 OBP.

Carl Crawford - The Dodgers needed his two home runs in the clinching game against the Braves, and ended up with a .310 average with four homers total in the leadoff spot.  Also, led the team with 26 total bases.

Kenley Jansen - His 4.15 ERA and 1.62 WHIP are very high for him, but that's because of a rough Game 5 against the Cardinals, which was a win anyway.  Saved both his games and struck out 10 in 4 1/3 innings.

J.P. Howell - Much like he did all season long, quietly put together good numbers with a 1.50 ERA and 1.33 ERA in six innings.  Was the only lefty available in the bullpen in the NLCS, which shows how much he was trusted.

Chris Capuano - Made one appearance, which came in the big Game 3 win over the Braves, tossing three scoreless innings.  It wasn't pretty with three walks, but no runs surrendered is the bottom line.


Clayton Kershaw - He was well on his way to an easy A, but it's hard to ignore his rough Game 6 against the Cardinals.  Take away those four innings and seven runs, and he surrendered only one run in the other 19.

Hanley Ramirez - So, so good against the Braves by hitting .500 with a homer and four doubles... then got beaned in the ribs in Game 1 against the Cardinals, and was 2-for-15.  He showed a lot of heart in even playing those games, but his power bat was sorely missed.

Yasiel Puig - When he wasn't striking out he did some damage, but 14 K's in 10 games is way too much.  Was moved to the middle of the order before the playoffs to drive in runs, but only had four RBIs, and his 0-for-10 in the first two games of the NLCS included six K's.

Juan Uribe - Gets this only because of his great NLDS, as his two-run shot in the eighth inning of Game 4 was the series clincher.  His bat was atrocious the next round, hitting only .130 with three singles and seven strikeouts.

Hyun-Jin Ryu - Started off being hit around against the Braves, but was fantastic in getting the Dodgers their first win in Game 3 against the Cardinals.


Nick Punto - Did an admirable job in filling in for Hanley Ramirez when he was injured.  But, getting picked off of second in the seventh inning in Game 4 of the NLCS was just killer.  Not quite as bad as Kolten Wong, but still...

Mark Ellis - Got the start in all 10 games, and while he wasn't bad, just wasn't that good either.  Hit .250 with nine strikeouts, and never made much of an impact.


Andre Ethier - Battled through a bad ankle injury, and eventually found his way back into the starting lineup.  Unfortunately, that may not have been a good thing, as he hit a lowly .130 with no extra-base hits or RBIs.  A big disappointment.

Skip Schumaker - Got some starts thanks to Ethier's injury, but did nothing with them.  Hit .158 with two RBIs, and proved to be nothing more than a bench player.

Ricky Nolasco - Got skipped over in the NLDS in favor of Kershaw on short rest, then took the loss in Game 4 of the NLCS.  He wasn't awful, but only gave four innings in an ineffective start.


Michael Young - Signed to be a big veteran bat off the bench and for his versatility.  Instead, went 1-for-10 and failed to make any sort of impact at all in what might be a disappointing end to his career.

Dee Gordon - Only had one chance to make an impression, and got nailed trying to steal late in Game 2 against the Braves.  It's the ultimate small sample size, but he failed to do the only job he was put on the roster for.

Paco Rodriguez - It was a tough end to the season for Paco, as he simply ran out of gas.  The Braves smacked him around twice to the tune of a 27.00 ERA, and was left off the NLCS roster.

Chris Withrow - Six walks in five innings was his biggest undoing, as he had a 5.40 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in four appearances.

Ronald Belisario - Somehow found his way into seven games, which was way too much.  Ended up with an enormous 7.36 ERA and 1.36 WHIP.  Thank God for Brian Wilson.

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