|LA DODGERS ( KERSHAW )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( GONZALEZ )
|975||LA DODGERS||-300||Ov 8,-105||-340||Ov 9,-110|
|976||CHI WHITE SOX||+250||Un 8,-115||+270||Un 9,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||44-20||+14.6||31-29||5.1||0.254||0.330||0.430||0.761||3.4||0.221||0.280||0.358||0.637|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7||2-4||5.0||0.266||0.359||0.485||0.843||2.6||0.226||0.257||0.331||0.588|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-12||+2.7||11-13||5.0||0.275||0.328||0.429||0.757||4.5||0.240||0.305||0.402||0.707|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.8||3-4||3.4||0.211||0.259||0.368||0.628||6.9||0.295||0.361||0.516||0.877|
|7/7/2017||MAEDA(R)||KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||4-1||W||-205||9 ov||U||10||9||0||5||5||0|
|7/8/2017||MCCARTHY(R)||KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)||5-4||W||-190||9 un||P||8||8||1||11||9||0|
|7/9/2017||KERSHAW(L)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||5-2||W||-305||7.5 un||U||6||1||0||6||4||0|
|7/14/2017||MCCARTHY(R)||@ MIAMI||STRAILY(R)||6-4||W||-110||8.5 ov||O||10||3||0||8||6||1|
|7/15/2017||WOOD(L)||@ MIAMI||URENA(R)||7-1||W||-185||8.5 un||U||12||9||0||8||7||0|
|7/16/2017||HILL(L)||@ MIAMI||O'GRADY(L)||3-2||W||-170||9 un||U||7||9||0||9||6||0|
|7/18/2017||KERSHAW(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|7/19/2017||MAEDA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|7/25/2017|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|7/4/2017||SHIELDS(R)||@ OAKLAND||GOSSETT(R)||6-7||L||140||9.5 un||O||13||6||0||8||3||0|
|7/5/2017||PELFREY(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||4-7||L||170||9 un||O||5||2||0||9||5||0|
|7/7/2017||HOLLAND(L)||@ COLORADO||MARQUEZ(R)||4-12||L||160||11.5 un||O||11||6||0||17||5||1|
|7/8/2017||QUINTANA(L)||@ COLORADO||HOFFMAN(R)||5-4||W||125||10.5 un||U||9||5||0||8||7||0|
|7/9/2017||RODON(L)||@ COLORADO||FREELAND(L)||0-10||L||100||11.5 ov||U||1||4||1||12||7||0|
|7/18/2017||GONZALEZ(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|7/19/2017||RODON(L)||LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)|| |
|7/21/2017||SHIELDS(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|7/22/2017||PELFREY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|7/23/2017||HOLLAND(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||WOOD(L)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|7/25/2017|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|LA DODGERS: 2016: 91-71, first place, lost to Chicago Cubs in NLCS
Manager: Dave Roberts (second season)
Who's new? IF Logan Forsythe, OF Franklin Gutierrez, OF Brett Eibner, RHP Sergio Romo
Who's gone? OF Josh Reddick, C Carlos Ruiz, RHP Joe Blanton, RHP Jose De Leon, LHP J.P. Howell, RHP Louis Coleman, RHP Jesse Chavez
Projected lineup: 2B Logan Forsythe (.264, 20 HR, 52 RBI with Rays) or Chase Utley (.252, 14, 52), SS Corey Seager (.308, 26 72), 3B Justin Turner (.275, 27, 90), 1B Adrian Gonzalez (.285, 18, 90), RF Yasiel Puig (.263, 11, 45) or Andre Ethier (.208, 1, 2 in 16 games), C Yasmani Grandal (.228, 27, 72), CF Joc Pederson (.246, 25, 68), LF Andrew Toles (.314, 3, 16) or Trayce Thompson (.225, 13, 32)
Rotation: LH Clayton Kershaw (12-4, 1.69 ERA), RH Kenta Maeda (16-11, 3.48), LH Rich Hill (12-5, 2.12 with A's and Dodgers), RH Brandon McCarthy (2-3, 4.95), LH Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-1, 11.57 in one game) or LH Alex Wood (1-4, 3.73)
Key relievers: RH Kenley Jansen (3-2, 1.83, 47/53 SV), RH Pedro Baez (3-2, 3.04), LH Grant Dayton (0-1, 2.05), LH Luis Avilan (3-0, 3.20), RH Josh Fields (1-0, 4.63 with Astros and Dodgers), RH Sergio Romo (1-0, 2.64 with Giants), RH Chris Hatcher (5-4, 5.53)
Hot spots: Outfield and rotation. The Dodgers set a record for Disabled List trips in 2016. Ethier, who missed most of last season with a broken tibia, compared his recent back injury to 'Groundhog Day.' Even without Ethier there isn't room for Puig, Pederson, Toles, Thompson, Scott Van Slyke, Franklin Gutierrez and Brett Eibner. The pitching staff was decimated last year too, but a deep farm system produced a wave of capable reinforcements. If Scott Kazmir, McCarthy or Ryu can't pitch, Julio Urias, Brock Stewart and Ross Stripling can step in.
Outlook: After two straight winters laying low on the free agent market, Andrew Friedman bet big on his 2016 roster. Turner, Jansen, Hill and Utley all re-signed, giving the Dodgers a chance to prove last season's NLCS run wasn't a fluke. A full season of Kershaw and Hill ' to name just two ' would improve the team's chances of claiming a fifth straight division title. If the Dodgers want to take the next step, they'll have to get past the defending champion Chicago Cubs, a potential perennial powerhouse whose roster remains similarly intact.
|CHI WHITE SOX: 2016: 78-84, fourth place.
Manager: Rick Renteria (first season).
He's Here: RHP Lucas Giolito, INF Yoan Moncada, LHP Derek Holland, RHP Reynaldo Lopez, C Geovany Soto, OF Peter Bourjos.
He's Outta Here: Manager Robin Ventura, LHP Chris Sale, OF Adam Eaton, OF Austin Jackson, DH Justin Morneau, C Alex Avila, RHP Matt Albers.
Projected lineup: CF Leury Garcia (.229, 1, 5 in 18 games, 48 ABs; .313, 6, 35, 18 SBs in 84 games at Triple-A Charlotte) or Jacob May (.266, 1, 24, 19 SBs in 83 games at Triple-A Charlotte), SS Tim Anderson (.283, 9, 30), LF Melky Cabrera (.296, 14, 86), 1B Jose Abreu (.293, 25, 100), 3B Todd Frazier (.225, 40, 98), RF Avisail Garcia (.245, 12, 51), DH Matt Davidson (missed much of last season with broken right foot), C Omar Narvaez (.267, 1, 10), 2B Tyler Saladino (.282, 8, 38).
Rotation: LH Jose Quintana (13-12, 3.20 ERA), RH Miguel Gonzalez (5-8, 3.73), LH Derek Holland (7-9, 4.95 ERA in 22 games with Texas), RH James Shields (6-19, 5.85 in 33 starts with Padres and White Sox), LH Carlos Rodon (9-10, 4.04).
Key relievers: RH David Robertson (5-3, 3.47, 37/44 saves), RH Nate Jones (5-3, 2.29, 3 saves), LH Dan Jennings (4-3, 2.08), RH Zach Putnam (1-0, 2.30), RH Michael Ynoa (1-0, 3.00).
Hot Spot: Triple-A Charlotte. With Giolito, Lopez and Moncada likely to begin the season in Triple-A, many White Sox fans might keep a closer watch on the Knights than the big league club. The development of the franchise's suddenly rich minor league system will help determine the trajectory of Chicago's new rebuilding project.
Outlook: Lots of losses and trades. Quintana and Frazier likely will be shipped out at some point this season, and Robertson also could be on the move in the right deal. The White Sox seem fully committed to a major overhaul, and they added several prospects when they traded away Sale and Eaton over the winter. But it could be a rough couple of years while general manager Rick Hahn tries to establish a more reliable pipeline of talent throughout the organization. In the meantime, the White Sox still have Anderson, who was impressive in his first major league stint last year. Abreu is going for his fourth straight season of at least 25 homers and 100 RBIs.
|Kershaw, Dodgers look to extend winning streaks vs. White Sox|
CHICAGO -- Clayton Kershaw is on a 10-game winning streak and the Los Angeles Dodgers would like get their 10th straight win.
Kershaw takes the mound Tuesday night when Los Angeles visits the Chicago White Sox and goes for its 10th straight victory in the opener of a two-game interleague series.
Kershaw (14-2, 2.18 ERA) leads the major leagues in wins and is 10-0 with a 1.98 ERA in his last 13 starts since losing to the San Francicso Giants on May 1. During his streak, Kershaw has held hitters to a .187 average while striking out 115 and issuing only 19 walks.
The left-hander is pitching for the first time in more than a week. In his final start before the All-Star break, Kershaw allowed two runs and six hits and struck out 13 in a 99-pitch complete game against the Kansas City Royals on July 9.
"He was Clayton-esque," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "The low pitch count was a combination of their being aggressive and Clayton's efficiency in throwing strikes. We really wanted him to finish it."
Kershaw, 29, is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA in three career starts against the White Sox (2008, 2012, 2014). In 31 career interleague appearances, he is 15-4 with a 2.15 ERA.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria said he was quite familiar with Kershaw from his time as a coach with the San Diego Padres.
"He attacks the strike zone, devastating breaking ball, commands his fastball," Renteria said. "He's able to pitch to both sides of the plate effectively. Then he has that hesitation in his delivery that throws hitters off a little. He can vary pitches a lot, stay out of the zone and make you chase. That's easy when his breaking ball snaps as hard as his does.
"If you can make him get it up in the zone, be more patient with him -- I know that sounds crazy -- people have a chance to try to do some damage."
Los Angeles is coming off its league-leading 11th sweep after getting a 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday. Justin Turner, who is hitting .374, homered and drove in two runs as Los Angeles (64-29) won for the 29th time in 33 games and improved to a season-best 35 games above .500.
"We've been pretty good all year," Turner said. "To say it's just a five-week thing, I don't think that's fair to our team."
At the opposite end of the spectrum is Chicago (38-52), which has lost four consecutive games to fall a season-worst 14 games below .500. The White Sox have lost seven of eight and 16 of 23 after allowing a 10th-inning homer to Nelson Cruz in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
Avisail Garcia homered twice, but the White Sox blew a five-run lead.
White Sox right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (4-8, 5.15 ERA) will make his 14th start of the season and his first start since June 14. The 33-year-old spent more than a month on the disabled list because of joint inflammation in his right shoulder before he was activated Friday.
Gonzalez has lost three decisions in a row and is seeking his first win since May 28. He never has faced the Dodgers in his career and owns a 3-5 record with a 4.18 ERA in 12 interleague starts.
First baseman-outfielder Cody Bellinger is one of many Dodgers hitters who will challenge Gonzalez. The 22-year-old rookie phenomenon has 26 home runs this season and appeared in the All-Star Game and hit for the cycle during the past week.
"Every time he steps on the field, something special can happen," Roberts said to the Los Angeles Times.
White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera has five hits in his last 10 at-bats and is hitting .289 with 11 home runs and 53 RBIs in 87 games this season. Cabrera and third baseman Todd Frazier are candidates to be dealt to contenders in the next few weeks if they continue to produce at the plate.
The White Sox are 19-21 at home this season. The Dodgers are 25-18 on the road.
|Last Updated: 7/26/2017 7:49:43 AM EST|