The Dodgers closed out the 2006 campaign with an 88-74 mark and were one of only two National League West teams to finish above .500 as the Diamondbacks, Giants and Rockies were all below that mark. The Padres wrapped things up with an identical record, but won the division on the head-to-head tiebreaker, having beaten L.A. in 13 of their 18 meetings this year. The Dodgers were atop the division from the beginning of August until mid-September, but a late slide pushed them back into the NL Wild Card race.
Record vs. Mets
Los Angeles went 3-4 and both teams managed to shut out the other on one occasion. The Dodgers dropped two out of three at Dodger Stadium in early June and split a four-game set at Shea Stadium in September. L.A. edged the Mets in total runs, 32-29.
A pair of Dodgers rookie hurlers may have caught the veteran-laden Mets off-guard as they stole a pair of wins against New York when Hong-Chih Kuo, a 25-year-old left-hander from Taiwan, picked up the win on Sept. 8, and Eric Stults did so on Sept. 10.
Record vs. playoff teams
The Dodgers went 7-30 against this year's playoff teams. The team that hurt Los Angeles the most was division rival San Diego. The Dodgers posted only a 5-13 mark against the Padres this season. Los Angeles also struggled against the Twins (0-3) and the A's (0-3) in addition to losing in all seven games at the hands of the Cardinals.
Record vs. winning teams
The Dodgers struggled a bit this season against teams with a winning record. Los Angeles went 19-38 against teams above .500.
The Dodgers led the National League in hitting with a .276 clip. They also led the league in hits (1,552) and triples (58) and on-base percentage (.348). However, Los Angeles grounded into more than its fair share of double plays on the season (140), 13 fewer than the Pirates, who led the league. The Dodgers were clearly not a power team this season as they ranked 15th in home runs with 153. Only Pittsburgh (141) had fewer.
MLB hitting stats
Indicative of the club's combined home run total on the year, no Dodgers hitter belted more than 20 homers this season. Veterans J.D. Drew and Nomar Garciaparra equalled that mark to lead the team with 20 apiece. They paced the club in RBIs, with 100 and 93, respectively. Rookie outfielder Andre Ethier led the team in batting average (.308). Leadoff hitter Rafael Furcal led the team in stolen bases with 37, although he was caught 13 times.
Dodgers hitting stats
The Dodgers pitching staff ranked fourth in the league in ERA (4.23). Their 10 shutouts tied the Reds and Pirates for fourth in the NL, behind the Astros (12), Mets (12) and Padres (11). The Los Angeles hurlers had only one complete game to their credit, which tied the Nationals for last in the league.
MLB pitching stats
Derek Lowe was the workhorse of the rotation, accumulating 218 innings to lead the team and rank 10th in the league. Lowe and National League All-Star starter Brad Penny each finished with 16 wins, and Lowe topped Dodgers starters with a 3.63 ERA.
Dodgers pitching stats
The Dodgers finished the season ranking 12th in fielding percentage (.982), which ranked last among all NL West teams. The club's 115 errors also led the division and were the fifth most in the league. Los Angeles, however, turned 174 double plays on the year, second in the league behind the Rockies, who turned 190.
MLB fielding stats
Furcal, who was acquired in the offseason from the Braves, led the team in errors with 27. The shortstop's miscues were second in the NL to the Nationals' Felipe Lopez, who had 28. Rookie backstop Russell Martin had six errors and five passed balls while helping turn eight double plays.
Dodgers fielding stats
Giovanni Carrara (3 G, 2 IP, 0-0, 9.00 ERA)
Elmer Dessens (1 G, 1 1/3 IP, 0-0, 6.75 ERA)
Derek Lowe (17 G, 6 GS, 62 IP, 4-4, 3.05 ERA)
Greg Maddux (31 G, 29 GS, 190 IP, 11-14, 3.22 ERA)
Brad Penny (7 G, 4 GS, 22 IP, 3-1, 5.73 ERA)
Aaron Sele (7 G, 7 GS, 36 1/3 IP, 0-6, 4.46 ERA)
Brett Tomko (3 G, 7 2/3 IP, 0-0, 4.70 ERA)
Marlon Anderson (12 G, .167)
Wilson Betemit (3 G, .500)
Einar Diaz (11 G, .238, 2 RBIs)
J.D. Drew (24 G, .247, 6 RBIs, 3 HR)
Rafael Furcal (22 G, .232, 6 RBIs, 2 HR)
Nomar Garciaparra (26 G, .323, 21 RBIs, 7 HR)
Jeff Kent (40 G, .264, 21 RBIs, 8 HR)
Kenny Lofton (81 G, .250, 28 RBIs, 6 HR)
Julio Lugo (3 G, .000)
Ramon Martinez (13 G, .118, 1 RBI)
Olmedo Saenz (8 G, .176, 4 RBIs, 1 HR)
2006 stats vs. Mets
Furcal, who had plenty of experience playing against the Mets during his six seasons with the Braves, had by far the most success against New York this year. He either led the Dodgers or tied for the team lead in batting average (.414), hits (12), runs (seven), doubles (two), home runs (three), RBIs (seven), total bases (23) and stolen bases (two).
In three games (one start) against the Mets this season, Kuo did not give up a run and allowed just four hits and three walks while striking out 12 in nine innings. Lowe (six innings, five hits, two runs) and Stults (six innings, two hits, one run) were the other two Dodgers to pick up wins against New York.
Career vs. Game 1 starter Orlando Hernandez
Kenny Lofton: 11-for-28 (.393), 1 HR, 6 RBIs
Nomar Garciaparra: 9-for-29 (.333), 0 HR, 2 RBIs
Toby Hall: 3-for-18 (.167), 0 HR, 3 RBIs
Einar Diaz: 3-for-12 (.250), 0 HR, 1 RBI
Rafael Furcal: 2-for-10 (.200), 0 HR, 1 RBI
Jeff Kent: 2-for-8 (.250), 0 HR, 1 RBI
J.D. Drew: 3-for-8 (.375), 1 HR, 3 RBIs
Julio Lugo: 0-for-5 (.000), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Andre Ethier: 0-for-4 (.000), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Olmedo Saenz: 0-for-3 (.000), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Wilson Betemit: 0-for-3 (.000), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Russell Martin: 1-for-3 (.333), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Oscar Robles: 1-for-2 (.500), 0 HR, 0 RBI
James Loney: 2-for-2 (1.000), 0 HR, 1 RBI
Marlon Anderson: 0-for-1 (.000), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Lindsey Frazier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less