|PITTSBURGH ( BURNETT )|
LA DODGERS ( KERSHAW )
|963||PITTSBURGH||+200||Ov 6,-105||+182||Ov 6,-120|
|964||LA DODGERS||-220||Un 6,-115||-195||Un 6,+100|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-1||-1.4||0-1||2.0||0.133||0.212||3.0||0.100||0.182|
|Past 7 Games||1-3||-2.7||0-4||1.5||0.127||0.189||2.2||0.149||0.189|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-1||-0.3||1-1||3.5||0.226||0.333||2.5||0.161||0.175|
|Past 7 Games||2-2||-0.4||1-3||2.5||0.190||0.258||2.0||0.177||0.197|
|4/1/2013||BURNETT(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||1-3||L||-125||7 un||U||3||6||1||6||5||1|
|4/3/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||3-0||W||-130||6.5 ov||U||6||6||0||2||5||1|
|4/4/2013||MCDONALD(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||2-3||L||-145||7 ev||U||4||4||0||3||3||1|
|4/5/2013||SANCHEZ(L)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||0-3||L||185||7 ov||U||2||2||1||7||4||0|
|4/6/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|4/7/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|4/8/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|4/9/2013||MCDONALD(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|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)||3-5||L||-130||7 ov||O||7||12||2||6||1||1|
|4/9/2013||BECKETT(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|PITTSBURGH: HITTING: The Pirates' two-month casual flirtation with competitiveness was cute while it lasted, before this team fizzled to a 72-win season. This team is still years away. But don't blame OF ANDREW McCUTCHEN, who might be the best all-around player in the division. Of all the ballyhooed outfielders from the 2005 draft, he's the one GMs would most want to build around. OF JOSE TABATA, not so much. He's serviceable and has plus speed, but the six-year extension the Pirates gave him was absurd. 2B NEIL WALKER has settled into a respectable place short of stardom. 3B PEDRO ALVAREZ has a lot of uphill climbing to do if he wants to wake up old expectations. He'll compete with 3B CASEY MCGEHEE for a starting role, but it's most likely that Alvarez moves to first base to back up 1B GARRETT JONES. OFs NATE McLOUTH and ALEX PRESLEY are underwhelming choices for the starting left-field spot. SS CLINT BARMES and C ROD BARAJAS would like to thank the Pirates for wildly overpaying them. |
STARTING PITCHING: JEFF KARSTENS looked pretty decent for much of last year. But that's what happens when you get to log 14 percent of your innings against the lowly Astros. Better teams exposed him for the replacement-level guy he is. Contrary to what a lot of bored, lazy sportswriters wanted you to believe last year, CHARLIE MORTON doesn't pitch like Roy Halladay. At all. JAMES McDONALD could still be special if he cut down his walk rate. ERIK BEDARD was a respectable signing. Even if his shoulder acts up, he cost only $4.5 million for a year. If he's healthy, he's still well above-average. KEVIN CORREIA may only be slightly more effective at striking out hitters than a batting tee, but the Pirates are grateful for the innings he eats. BRAD LINCOLN is the designated fill-in if any of the other starters get hurt (cough, Bedard). In the meantime, he's a swing man.
RELIEF PITCHING: Closer JOEL HANRAHAN has been outstanding since first donning a Pirates uniform in 2009, converting 40-of-44 saves with a 1.83 ERA last season. It makes sense for the rebuilding Pirates to move him, but they'll probably keep the hand they were dealt. There isn't another qualified ninth-inning pitcher in this bullpen though. EVAN MEEK was bit by the shoulder bug. His early season was an unqualified disaster, but he turned it around and regained his form once he came back in September. He should be fully healthy again, and a quiet source of a few saves. CHRIS RESOP is another primary set-up man, but he posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 2011. DANIEL McCUTCHEN won't be so lucky with his ERA this year if he doesn't lower his walk rate. He's just not a guy to put much faith in.
|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 (PITTSBURGH-LA DODGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Pirates-Dodgers Preview* =========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Pittsburgh (1-3) at Los Angeles (2-2), 9:10 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Dodgers' newest big-name acquisition shined in his team debut, opening this three-game set with a sparking performance on the mound.
The Pittsburgh Pirates figure to have their hands full again versus Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw looks to build on Zack Greinke's impressive display as the Dodgers go for an 11th win in 12 games against the visiting Pirates on Saturday night.
Signed to a six-year, $147 million deal this offseason, Greinke lived up to the billing Friday, striking out six over 6 1-3 innings of two-hit ball in a 3-0 win.
"First impressions are important. But I'm just trying to get one out at a time," Greinke said. "That's kind of what I do, and hopefully everything takes care of itself."
Los Angeles (2-2) has taken 10 of 11 from Pittsburgh (1-3) - the Dodgers have 71 runs in that stretch and the Pirates 71 hits - including seven straight at home by a 40-8 margin. The Pirates, who failed to reach second base Friday, are the last remaining team without a home run, and they could be in for another long night with Kershaw on the hill.
The 2011 NL Cy Young Award winner was lights out in his first start Monday, going the distance while allowing four hits and striking out seven in a 4-0 win over San Francisco. He also came through in a big way at the plate, breaking a scoreless game open with his first career homer in the eighth.
Kershaw was the first pitcher to go deep and throw a shutout on opening day since Cleveland's Bob Lemon in 1953. He's the first Dodgers pitcher to leave the yard in an opener since Don Drysdale in 1965.
"You got a sense on this day, with the first pitch thrown by Sandy Koufax and the last pitch by Clayton Kershaw, it's almost like a passing of the torch today," second baseman Mark Ellis told the league's official website. "He's the most special player I've ever played with."
Kershaw owns a 0.61 ERA over his last six outings dating to September, yielding one run or none in all six.
The left-hander has gone 1-1 while posting a 3.09 ERA and a .192 opponent batting average over six career starts against the Pirates. While Pedro Alvarez and Starling Marte are a combined 0 for 8 with seven strikeouts against him, Andrew McCutchen is 5 for 14 with a homer.
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, gives the ball to A.J. Burnett (0-1, 4.76). The right-hander struck out 10 and yielded three runs in 5 2-3 innings of Monday's 3-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs, his first opening day start in 15 seasons.
Burnett has gone 1-7 with a 3.34 ERA over his last nine starts dating to August, receiving two or fewer runs of support in eight of those outings - including zero in five of them.
Burnett has lost his last three outings at Chavez Ravine while compiling a 6.00 ERA and walking 13 in 15 innings. His two most recent starts there, though, came in 2004 and 2010.
No active player in baseball has more at-bats versus Burnett than Carl Crawford, who's gone 18 for 62 (.290) in their matchups. Adrian Gonzalez is 1 for 8.
Matt Kemp, 18 for 43 (.419) with a homer, 11 runs scored and 10 RBIs over the last 11 games versus Pittsburgh, went 1 for 4 with an RBI double Friday - his only hit in 14 at-bats thus far.
"I'm excited about that one," he said. "There's more to come though, there's more to come."
|Last Updated: 9/15/2014 6:31:28 AM EST|