10/04/2004 3:44 PM ET
Dodgers facts and figures
Los Angeles totals most wins since 1991
The Dodgers finished the 2004 campaign with a 93-69 record. It is the most wins for Los Angeles since the second-place Dodgers won 93 in 1991 and eclipses manager Jim Tracy's previous best of 92 wins in 2002, when the Dodgers finished third in the division. The last time the Dodgers won more than 93 games was 1988, when the World Series champions notched 94 wins during the regular season.
Final MLB standings
Record vs. Cardinals
The Dodgers didn't get to face the Cardinals until September, when they played a pair of three-game series against the NL Central champs. Los Angeles was swept in the first series, at St. Louis, with Jose Lima, Kazuhisa Ishii and Giovanni Carrara all taking losses. The Dodgers had a chance to return the favor a week later in Los Angeles, but were unable to complete the sweep after taking the first two contests. The final four games of the six played by the two clubs were decided by one run.
Record vs. playoff teams
In addition to going 2-4 against the Cardinals, the Dodgers went 3-4 against the Braves, and 5-1 against the Astros. On the Interleague front, the Dodgers took two of three from the AL East champion New York Yankees at Dodger Stadium but only took one of three from the AL Wild Card winners in Boston. After dropping two of three at home to the Angels, the Dodgers returned the favor down the freeway in Anaheim. The Dodgers did not encounter the Twins during Interleague Play. In all, the Dodgers were 16-15 against playoff teams.
Record vs. winning teams
The Dodgers went 44-43 (.506) against teams with a winning record. They played 11 teams this season that finished above .500 and won five series, lost four and split two. The winning team against which they had the most success was Houston (5-1). They had the most trouble with Philadelphia (1-5).
The Dodgers were 10th in the league in hitting (.262), ninth in runs (761) and eighth in slugging percentage (.423). Their 203 home runs were fourth in the league, but their 226 doubles rank last. Though none of the team's key offensive statistics would make fantasy players do any double-takes, it's a drastic improvement over last year's club. First-year hitting coach Tim Wallach's approach to selectivity at the plate and using the entire field has paid enormous dividends for Los Angeles.
MLB hitting stats
Not only was Adrian Beltre the Dodgers' Triple Crown winner, he was the only player in the league to rank in the top four in all three categories, hitting a Major League-leading 48 homers with 121 RBIs (fourth in the NL) and a .334 average (also fourth in the NL). He also finished the year with the Los Angeles record of total bases (376). Switch-hitter Cesar Izturis was the real surprise of the season, shattering his career highs with a .288 average and .381 slugging, while swiping 25 bases. Steve Finley hit 36 home runs, 13 of them in a Dodgers uniform, including a dramatic walk-off grand slam to capture the division title.
Dodgers hitting stats
Though the Dodgers of 2004 did not dominate the pitching leaderboard as they did in 2003, the staff ERA of 4.01 ranked fourth in the league. Their 1,066 strikeouts ranked 10th in the league, and their 521 walks ranked sixth.
MLB pitching stats
Three Dodgers (Jeff Weaver, Lima and Ishii) tied for the team lead with 13 wins. Odalis Perez's 3.25 ERA led the club (except for Brad Penny, who made just three starts for LA) but earned the left-hander just seven wins. Weaver led the club in innings, with 220, and strikeouts, with 153. Eric Gagne became the first Major Leaguer in history to notch three straight 45-save seasons. His record save streak ended at 84.
Dodgers pitching stats
The Dodgers paced the league with a .988 fielding percentage and turned the ninth-most double plays (145).
MLB fielding stats
Shortstop Izturis is considered a favorite for a Gold Glove Award, ranked fourth in the league with 96 double plays, and Alex Cora ranked third among second basemen, with 91. Shawn Green made just five errors in 937 chances in his first season at first base, and Beltre continued to dazzle at third base with 120 putouts, second in the league.
Dodgers fielding stats
Steve Finley (40 G, 36-129 (.279), 1 HR, 18 RBIs)
Jose Hernandez (10 G, 5-for-25 (.200), 0 HR, 4 RBIs)
Robin Ventura (34 G, 22-for-121 (.182), 3 HR, 19 RBIs)
Olmedo Saenz (8 G, 3-for-17 (.176), 1 HR, 4 RBIs)
Jeff Weaver (3 G, 3 2/3 IP, 0-1, 9.00 ERA)
Odalis Perez (1 G, 1 IP, 1-0, 18.00 ERA)
Jose Lima (2 G, 7 2/3 IP, 0-1, 4.70 ERA)
Wilson Alvarez (2 G, 15 IP, 1-1, 3.00 ERA)
Hideo Nomo (2 G, 8 2/3 IP, 0-2, 10.38 ERA)
Mike Venafro (2 G, 1 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
2004 Stats vs. Cardinals
Jayson Werth hit .412 (7-for-17) against the Cardinals this season and joins Beltre and Finley as Dodgers with two homers vs. St. Louis. Beltre and Finley were the only Dodgers to homer off Woody Williams this season, but Green went 3-for-6 with a double against the righty. Williams did not have a decision against the Dodgers this season.
Odalis Perez did not face the Cardinals this season. In four career games against St. Louis, the lefty is 2-1, but with a whopping 9.64 ERA. At Busch Stadium he is 2-0 with an ERA of 8.10.
Career vs. Game 1 starter Woody Williams
Adrian Beltre: .280 (7-for-25), 1 HR, 1 RBIs
Milton Bradley: .000 (0-for-5), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Hee-Seop Choi: .000 (0-for-7), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Alex Cora: .038 (1-for-26), 0 HR, 1 RBIs
Steve Finley: .231 (9-for-39), 3 HR, 4 RBIs
Jason Grabowski: .000 (0-for-1), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Shawn Green: .300 (9-for-30), 0 HR, 2 RBIs
Jose Hernandez: .333 (7-for-21), 0 HR, 1 RBIs
Cesar Izturis: .200 (2-for-10), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Brent Mayne: .190 (4-for-21), 0 HR, 1 RBIs
David Ross: .167 (1-for-6), 1 HR, 1 RBIs
Robin Ventura: .433 (13-for-30), 0 HR, 6 RBIs
Jayson Werth: .250 (1-for-4), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
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