Starters get nearly a half-run less than '04

Dodger starting pitchers were provided a half-run per game less than Los Angeles starters received during the 2004 season. Run support figures show that the 2004 team received 4.70 runs per game, sixth highest in Los Angeles history, but dropped to 4.23 in 2005 as they finished fourth in the division.

While Edwin Jackson, (5.17), Derek Thompson (4.67) and Scott Erickson (4.50) received the most runs per start, Brad Penny (4.49), Jeff Weaver (4.44) and Derek Lowe (4.29) were very close in the final accounting.

Odalis Perez (8-11, 4.11 RS), DJ Houlton (6-13, 2.95) and Wilson Alvarez (0-2, 2.50) were all below the team average.

2005 run support 
w-l st runs ave wins losses Jackson 2-2 3-3 31 5.17 6.33 4.00 Thompson 0-0 1-2 14 4.67 6.00 2.00 Erickson 1-4 3-5 36 4.50 9.67 1.40 Penny 7-9 13-16 129 4.49 7.38 2.06 Weaver 14-11 19-15 151 4.44 6.00 2.47 Lowe 12-15 15-20 155 4.29 6.00 2.80 Dessens 0-2 3-4 30 4.29 6.67 2.50 Perez 7-8 8-11 78 4.11 5.63 3.00 Houlton 6-8 6-13 56 2.95 5.00 2.00 Alvarez 0-2 0-2 5 2.50 -- 2.50 05 totals 49-61 71-91 685 4.23 6.45 2.49 04 totals 57-50 93-69 761 4.70 6.42 2.38 03 totals 66-57 85-77 573 3.54 4.86 2.08


Run support is figured by dividing the runs provided in each player's start but the number of starts he made. The pitcher's records over their starts is also recorded.

So the Dodgers were 19-15 in Weaver's 34 starts; 15-20 in Lowe's starts and 13-16 when Penny got the ball.

Houlton was provided with only 2.95 runs per start and his record -- 6-13 in 19 starts -- reflected that. His 2.00 runs in losses was 'topped' only by Erickson's 1.40 runs per defeat. Ericikson had a 3-5 starting mark and was given a giddy 9.67 runs in each of his wins.

As a team, Los Angeles scored 4.23 runs per game, scoring 6.45 in each win and only 2.49 in each loss. Despite scoring nearly 80 more runs in 2004, the Western Division Champions nearly duplicated those figures, scoring 6.42 per win and 2.38 per loss.

In actuality, Dodger starters had an actual won-lost 49-71 record in 2005, the lowest number of wins since the strike season of 1994 when they were 40-35, and the first time they were under .500 since over that span.

When the Dodgers scored three runs or less they were 12-66 and only 23-77 when scoring four or less.

Penny was 3-16, Lowe 6-19 and Weaver 7-15 in their starts receiving five or less runs. But when the team was hitting the ball, and scored six or more runs, Penny was 10-0, Lowe 9-1 and Weaver 13-1.

Record seasons
Historically, Sandy Koufax topped the Dodger list in 1963 when the team was 34-6 in his starts/ Don Drysdale (31-10, 1962) and Koufax again in 1965 (31-10) are over the 30-win mark.

Tom Lovett was 32-12 for the Dodgers in their initial season in the National League (1890), and holds the Brooklyn record. Kirby Higbe (29-9, 1941) and Jeff Pfeffer (19-12, 1916) saw their team win 29 times in their starts.

Los Angeles Records
34- 6 -- Sandy Koufax, 1963
31-10 -- Don Drysdale, 1962
31-10 -- Sandy Koufax, 1965
28-13 -- Sandy Koufax, 1966
25- 9 -- Orel Hershiser, 1988
25 -9 -- Hideo Nomo, 2002
25-17 -- Don Drysdale, 1965

Brooklyn Records
32-12 -- Tom Lovett, 1890
29- 9 -- Kirby Higbe, 1941
29-12 -- Jeff Pfeffer, 1916
28- 6 -- Dazzy Vance, 1924
26- 9 -- Whitlow Wyatt, 1941
26-16 -- Adonis Terry, 1890

Team scoring
The Dodgers were 13th overall in the National League in runs scored (4.23) and finished fourth in the West behind Colorado (4.57), Arizona (4.30), and San Diego (4.25). The Bond-less Giants were last (4.03).

West       gms   runs  rpg
Colorado      162   740   4.57
Arizona       162   696   4.30
San Diego     161   684   4.25
Los Angeles   162   685   4.23
San Francisco 161   649   4.03

Central gms runs rpg Philadelphia 162 807 4.98 Atlanta 162 769 4.75 New York 162 722 4.46 Florida 162 717 4.43 Washington 162 639 3.94
East gms runs rpg Cincinnati 163 820 5.03 St. Louis 162 805 4.97 Milwaukee 162 726 4.48 Chicago 162 703 4.34 Houston 163 693 4.25 Pittsburgh 162 680 4.20

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