|SAN FRANCISCO ( LINCECUM )|
LA DODGERS ( BECKETT )
|913||SAN FRANCISCO||+120||Ov 6.5,-110||+115||Ov 7,-105|
|914||LA DODGERS||-130||Un 6.5,-110||-125||Un 7,-115|
|Past 7 Games||1-1||0||0-2||1.5||0.219||0.231||2.0||0.153||0.194|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-0||+1||0-1||4.0||0.233||0.303||0.0||0.133||0.133|
|Past 7 Games||1-1||-0.1||0-2||2.0||0.153||0.194||1.5||0.219||0.231|
|4/1/2013||CAIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||0-4||L||140||6 un||U||4||3||0||7||7||0|
|4/2/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||3-0||W||100||7 un||U||10||5||0||2||2||2|
|4/3/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)|| |
|4/5/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|4/8/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|4/1/2013||KERSHAW(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||4-0||W||-150||6 un||U||7||7||0||4||3||0|
|4/2/2013||RYU(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||0-3||L||-110||7 un||U||2||2||2||10||5||0|
|4/3/2013||BECKETT(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|4/5/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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 ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
San Francisco (1-1) at Los Angeles (1-1), 10:10 p.m. EDT
Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum is confident he can bounce back from the worst season of his career.
The San Francisco right-hander's counterpart Wednesday night, Josh Beckett, will attempt to put behind a tumultuous 2012 that concluded with some solid performances for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Lincecum will try to get this season off to a strong start and help the Giants build on their first win in the series finale with the Dodgers.
Lincecum was 10-15 with an NL-worst 5.18 ERA in 2012 and was given only one postseason start in the Giants' run to a second World Series title in three years. He did, however, excel out of the bullpen, yielding a run while striking out 17 over 13 innings in five relief appearances.
"It's a new year," manager Bruce Bochy told the team's website. "Let's see what happens this year. That's how he has to look at it."
A blister on his right hand didn't help Lincecum during a difficult spring training (0-3, 10.57 ERA in five starts), but he said earlier this week that he felt ready for the season.
"I'm going in with a level head," Lincecum said. "I've got a lot of optimism right now. My confidence is high, which is good. I'm just really excited to see what happens."
Lincecum had few problems in his final three starts against the Dodgers in 2012, going 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA. He did not get a decision in a 5-2 win on Sept. 7 while pitching opposite Beckett.
After being acquired from Boston, Beckett was 2-3 over seven starts for Los Angeles but had a respectable 2.93 ERA.
That contrasted sharply with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts with the Red Sox in 2012. Beckett won 20 games in 2007 while helping lead Boston to its second World Series title in four years but had a couple of high-profile incidents that led to a sour end to his time with the team.
Beckett was reportedly among the players who drank beer and ate fried chicken in the clubhouse during games in 2011, a season in which Boston collapsed down the stretch. He was seen playing golf last season one day after skipping a start because of an injury.
That helped lead to his place in an epic nine-player deal in August that included Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford.
Los Angeles (1-1) won Monday's opener 4-0 behind ace Clayton Kershaw, but San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner followed with his own gem the next night in a 3-0 victory.
Lincecum has tough acts to follow as the first two starters for the Giants (1-1) - Bumgarner and Matt Cain - have tossed 14 scoreless innings while allowing six hits, one walk and striking out 14.
Crawford will try to help the Dodgers score their first run off a San Francisco starter in his expected return to the lineup. The outfielder, who had two hits and scored a run in the season opener, was limited to pinch-hitting duties Tuesday in order to aid his continuing recovery from elbow surgery.
"We want to be able to ease him in," manager Don Mattingly told the team's website.
Matt Kemp, who is coming off of shoulder surgery, is 0 for 6 in the first two games and 0 for 21 with 10 strikeouts in his last six against the Giants. He was 0 for 8 with four strikeouts against Lincecum last season.
Hunter Pence, who had two hits Tuesday night, is 6 for 14 all-time against Beckett, and Marco Scutaro is 6 for 15.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 5:23:56 AM EST|