|SAN FRANCISCO ( VOGELSONG )|
LA DODGERS ( KERSHAW )
|961||SAN FRANCISCO||+170||Ov 6.5,+105||+165||Ov 6.5,+105|
|962||LA DODGERS||-180||Un 6.5,-125||-175||Un 6.5,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||40-18||+23.1||32-24||4.7||0.275||0.321||3.9||0.252||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||3-4||4.6||0.291||0.354||3.1||0.239||0.291|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-50||-6||44-50||3.8||0.252||0.315||3.6||0.236||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.2||4-3||5.7||0.328||0.366||1.9||0.230||0.300|
|9/20/2012||ZITO(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||9-2||W||-160||8 ev||O||14||6||1||13||10||2|
|9/21/2012||VOGELSONG(R)||SAN DIEGO||KELLY(R)||5-1||W||-150||7.5 un||U||11||9||0||7||5||0|
|9/22/2012||BUMGARNER(L)||SAN DIEGO||WERNER(L)||8-4||W||-175||7 un||O||11||6||1||7||4||1|
|9/23/2012||PETIT(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||4-6||L||+145||7.5 un||O||9||7||2||11||8||1|
|9/28/2012||VOGELSONG(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||WERNER(L)||3-1||W||-115||7 ev||U||10||10||2||7||7||1|
|9/29/2012||BUMGARNER(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||3-7||L||-125||7 un||O||7||6||1||9||5||0|
|9/30/2012||LINCECUM(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||7-5||W||110||7.5 ev||O||12||8||1||6||4||0|
|10/1/2012||CAIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||HARANG(R)||2-3||L||-110||7 un||U||6||5||0||9||8||0|
|10/2/2012||ZITO(L)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||4-3||W||170||7.5 ov||U||10||4||0||10||7||1|
|10/3/2012||VOGELSONG(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|9/19/2012||HARANG(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||1-3||L||130||8 un||U||9||11||0||10||9||0|
|9/19/2012||BECKETT(R)||@ WASHINGTON||LANNAN(L)||7-6||W||-105||8 un||O||13||9||1||9||4||0|
|9/20/2012||CAPUANO(L)||@ WASHINGTON||DETWILER(L)||1-4||L||110||8 ev||U||4||4||1||7||5||1|
|9/21/2012||BLANTON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||3-1||W||125||8 un||U||7||7||0||4||7||0|
|9/22/2012||FIFE(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||0-6||L||170||8 ev||U||6||5||1||8||8||0|
|9/23/2012||KERSHAW(L)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||5-3||W||-145||7.5 un||O||8||5||1||6||10||1|
|9/25/2012||BECKETT(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||1-2||L||-125||7 un||U||10||11||2||5||6||1|
|9/26/2012||HARANG(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||8-2||W||105||7 un||O||14||6||0||6||9||2|
|9/27/2012||CAPUANO(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||KELLY(R)||8-4||W||-130||7 ov||O||14||11||1||10||12||2|
|9/30/2012||BECKETT(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||7-1||W||-240||7.5 ov||O||12||7||1||9||12||0|
|10/1/2012||HARANG(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||3-2||W||+100||7 un||U||9||8||0||6||5||0|
|10/2/2012||CAPUANO(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||3-4||L||-180||7.5 ov||U||10||7||1||10||4||0|
|10/3/2012||KERSHAW(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|SAN FRANCISCO: HITTING: The Giants scored the second-fewest runs in the majors. But the additions of OF MELKY CABRERA (.305 BA, 18 HR, 87 RBI, 102 runs) and OF ANGEL PAGAN (32 SB) at the top of the order will certainly help. C BUSTER POSEY's surgically repaired ankle should be fully healed for the start of the season, and the 25-year-old's .368 OBP is certainly needed. 3B PABLO SANDOVAL was the team's best hitter in 2011 (.315 BA, 23 HR, 70 RBI) and was the only legitimate power source. The right side of the infield consists of veteran players past their prime. 1B AUBREY HUFF had his worst season, hitting .246 with 12 HR, but the 35-year-old will continue to bat in the middle of the lineup. 2B FREDDY SANCHEZ, 34, missed 50+ games for the third straight year as he suffered a torn labrum. SS BRANDON CRAWFORD has a slick glove but he's not close to being a legitimate major-league hitter (.204 career BA). OF BRANDON BELT, 23, has future star potential, but will be in a reserve role. OF NATE SCHIERHOLTZ (.756 OPS) provides a reliable bat in right field. |
STARTING PITCHING: San Francisco ranked second in the majors in ERA (3.28), strikeouts (5.4 per game) and Opp. BA (.237). TIM LINCECUM was the ace once again with a 2.74 ERA and 220 strikeouts, but carried a sub-.500 record (13-14). Including playoffs, Lincecum has thrown an average of 230 innings per season since 2008. MATT CAIN also had a phenomenal year, carting a 2.88 ERA, team-best 1.08 WHIP and fanning 179 batters. He allowed only nine home runs in 221.2 innings of work. 22-year-old lefty MADISON BUMGARNER had a solid first full season, finishing with a 3.21 ERA, and a 4.2 K-to-BB ratio (191 strikeouts, 46 walks). RYAN VOGELSONG was an unbelievable story, returning to the majors for the first time since 2006 and going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA. Although he's 34, his arm has plenty of innings left. BARRY ZITO will likely earn the final spot in the rotation as prospect ERIC SURKAMP gets more seasoning in Triple-A. Zito posted a career-worst 5.87 ERA while Surkamp carted a 1.84 WHIP in six starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: The success of the San Francisco bullpen hinges on BRIAN WILSON, who had a down year (1.47 WHIP, 54 K, 31 BB) because of elbow problems. Surgery was not required for his ailment, so expect a nice bounce-back season from this elite closer. If Wilson gets injured again, SERGIO ROMO could get called upon in the late innings. But even if he doesn't save a game, he still has plenty of value as a set-up man, notching a gaudy 13.1 strikeout rate and 0.71 WHIP last year. In 48 innings, he struck out 70 batters and only walked five. JEREMY AFFELDT is the top lefty in the Giants pen. He notched a strong 2.63 ERA and also tallied a career-best 1.15 WHIP last year.
|LA DODGERS: HITTING: The Dodgers were ravaged with injuries in 2010 and finished in the bottom third in the majors in runs (4.00 per game), homers (117) and OPS (.697). None of these poor numbers were the fault of OF MATT KEMP, who finished second in MVP voting with a .324 BA, 39 HR, 126 RBI and 40 steals. He says he wants a 50-50 season in 2012. 1B JAMES LONEY had the second-most homers (12) of any returning player, and batted .357 with a .608 SLG after August 1. If speedy SS DEE GORDON learns to be more patient at the plate (7 BB in 224 AB), he could score 90 runs from the top of the order. OF ANDRE ETHIER made headlines with a 30-game hit streak, but was once again dominated by lefties (.563 OPS). The team is counting on two veterans to drive in runs. 3B JUAN URIBE has been a walking infirmary lately, but still has 15-HR power, and OF JUAN RIVERA had 46 RBI in 219 AB after coming to the Dodgers. Two guys named Ellis, 2B MARK ELLIS and C A.J. ELLIS, will bat at the bottom of the order. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Dodgers remain one of the better rotations in baseball, placing third in the majors in ERA (3.41) and fourth in opponents' BA (.242). The biggest reason for the success was the NL Cy Young and Triple Crown-winning performance of CLAYTON KERSHAW, who tied for the NL lead in wins (21) and topped all NL pitchers in ERA (2.28) and strikeouts (248). Fellow southpaw TED LILLY had a down year overall (12-14, 3.97 ERA), but had a fantastic final two months of the season (2.09 ERA, 0.93 WHIP). CHAD BILLINGSLEY notched his fifth straight season of double-digit wins, despite sporting a mediocre 4.21 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. AARON HARANG signed a two-year, $12M deal to join the Dodgers rotation. He won 14 games for the lowly Padres last year and finished with a career-best 3.64 ERA. CHRIS CAPUANO left the Mets for richer pastures (2-yr, $10M) of Los Angeles. Although he pitched well at spacious Citi Field (3.82 ERA, 1.21 WHIP), he was terrible on the road (5.42 ERA, 1.51 WHIP).
RELIEF PITCHING: Jonathan Broxton is gone, ending any kind of closer controversy the Dodgers may have been trying to avoid. JAVY GUERRA is the closer, and for good reason. He converted 21-of-23 save chances while posting a 2.31 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and allowing just two homers in 46.2 innings. If Guerra falters, manager Don Mattingly can afford to have a short leash with KENLEY JANSEN as his set-up man. Jansen led the majors with an insane 16.1 K-per-9 ratio and limited opponents to a .159 BA and .228 slugging percentage. At age 24, his upside is extremely high. MATT GUERRIER is a usually reliable reliever, but he is coming off a subpar 2011 campaign (4.07 ERA, 1.27 WHIP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN FRANCISCO-LA DODGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Giants-Dodgers Preview* ========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
San Francisco (94-67) at Los Angeles (85-76), 7:15 p.m. EDT
A late surge wasn't enough to get the Los Angeles Dodgers a playoff spot, taking most of the luster off Wednesday night's regular-season finale against the rival San Francisco Giants.
Los Angeles entered Tuesday trailing St. Louis by two games with as many to play for the NL's second wild card. Cincinnati beat St. Louis 3-1 earlier in the evening, but the Dodgers' 4-3 loss to the Giants officially eliminated them from postseason contention.
A.J. Ellis hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to pull Los Angeles within one, and it had the tying run on second base in the ninth before Ellis lined out to center.
"It doesn't feel that good right now," Ellis said.
The Dodgers (85-76) had won their previous six games to remain in contention for their first playoff berth since 2009, but they couldn't overcome St. Louis despite adding Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett to the roster after the All-Star break.
"Everything kind of comes to a screeching halt," manager Don Mattingly said. "To not have that opportunity to move forward is painful."
MVP candidate Buster Posey helped West champion San Francisco (94-67) dash its bitter rivals' playoff hopes by going 2 for 4 with a solo homer.
"We're not so much into knocking people out," manager Bruce Bochy said. "There's a lot of history between these two clubs. Both clubs have knocked each other out."
Posey is hitting .337 with 24 homers and 102 RBIs and is all but assured of becoming the first catcher to the win the NL batting title since Ernie Lombardi in 1942.
It's possible Posey will get the day off to rest up for the postseason, plus he's 6 for 31 (.194) lifetime off Clayton Kershaw, who will oppose Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong for the fourth time this season Wednesday.
Kershaw (13-9, 2.58 ERA) allowed two earned runs in 27 innings in September and appears likely to finish as the NL ERA leader for a second straight year. The reigning Cy Young Award winner struck out 10 in eight innings of Friday's 8-0 win over Colorado.
He's only 2-3 over his last seven starts despite a 1.47 ERA, a stretch which began when he gave up two runs and fanned 10 in eight innings of a 2-1 loss to San Francisco on Aug. 20.
The left-hander has a 1.74 ERA in four starts against the Giants this year but has lost three of them. He's 7-4 in 15 career starts versus San Francisco, receiving more than two runs of support only three times.
Vogelsong (14-9, 3.46) beat San Diego in each of his last two outings, allowing one run in six innings each time. The right-hander had gone 2-4 with a 10.31 ERA in his previous seven outings.
He's been solid versus the Dodgers this season, going 2-1 with a 0.89 ERA in three starts - opposing Kershaw in each outing.
Vogelsong gave up two runs - one earned - in six innings in the most recent matchup July 29, but Kershaw tossed a five-hitter in Los Angeles' 4-0 victory.
San Francisco has won six of the last eight meetings, including four of five at Chavez Ravine. The Giants lead this season series 10-7 and now look to record their most wins over the Dodgers in one year since going 13-6 in 2003.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 5:13:11 PM EST|