|PITTSBURGH ( LOCKE )|
LA DODGERS ( RYU )
|911||PITTSBURGH||+150||Ov 7.5,-110||+140||Ov 7.5,+105|
|912||LA DODGERS||-160||Un 7.5,-110||-150||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-2||-2.4||0-2||1.0||0.105||0.177||2.0||0.183||0.279|
|Past 7 Games||1-4||-3.7||0-5||1.2||0.117||0.179||2.0||0.172||0.228|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-1||-0.1||0-2||1.5||0.153||0.167||1.5||0.194||0.219|
|Past 7 Games||3-2||+0.6||1-4||2.2||0.205||0.281||1.6||0.159||0.186|
|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)||0-1||L||182||6 ov||U||2||3||0||8||10||0|
|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|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||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|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ 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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Pittsburgh (1-4) at Los Angeles (3-2), 4:10 p.m. EDT
The eyes of a nation were on Hyun-Jin Ryu in his major league debut. But the South Korean left-hander figures to be more relaxed in his second start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday at home against the offensively challenged Pittsburgh Pirates.
Los Angeles is seeking its 12th victory in 13 games against Pittsburgh, which will also send a southpaw to the mound as Jeff Locke makes his season debut.
Ryu, the first player to come to the majors directly from the Korea Baseball Organization, yielded three runs - one earned - while scattering 10 hits over 6 1-3 innings in Los Angeles' 3-0 loss to San Francisco on Tuesday. The 26-year-old said he felt the pressure of the situation, as the game was televised live in his native country.
"It was the first time I felt that in a very long time," Ryu said through a translator.
Ryu was 98-52 with a 2.80 ERA over 190 career games in the KBO and won five strikeout titles, including one last year with 210 over 182 2-3 innings. He fanned six in his debut for the Dodgers (3-2).
"He got in some tough jams and was able to get himself out," catcher A.J. Ellis said. "It was a great test for him. When he needed to make a big pitch, it was the changeup that bailed us out of some situations."
Facing the Pirates (1-4) should help put Ryu at ease. They've managed just six runs on 17 hits over their first five games, falling victim to back-to-back shutouts against Los Angeles - including a 1-0 loss to Clayton Kershaw on Saturday. Pittsburgh recorded a combined four hits against Kershaw and Zack Greinke, the Dodgers' starter in Friday's 3-0 win.
The Pirates still haven't connected for a home run - the majors' only team that can say that - and if they go homerless on Sunday it would be their longest drought to start a season since 1943. They needed 11 contests for their first homer that season, which they finished with only 42.
"We're going through a rough patch, but there's a lot of talent in the room and guys who have some pop," said catcher Russell Martin, who is 0 for 14 this season. "So I don't think we're worried about it."
Locke (1-3, 5.50 ERA) made 10 late-season starts over the last two years, but this is his first year as part of the Pirates' opening-day roster. He was solid in seven spring appearances - six starts - going 3-1 with a 2.63 ERA.
Locke started once against the Dodgers and has also faced them once in relief, allowing three runs on six hits over a combined five innings.
"I just want to go out there and perform, and impress," Locke told the team's official website.
The Dodgers haven't exactly seen an outburst of offense yet either with 11 runs in five games - a total that's tied with Miami for the majors' second-lowest. They're 6 for 46 (.130) with runners in scoring position. Matt Kemp, whose only hit in 18 at-bats this season came in Friday's series opener, is 0 for 8 in such situations.
Adrian Gonzalez was 4 for 7 in the series' first two games and is 15 for 27 with four walks in his last seven versus Pittsburgh.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 1:33:36 PM EST|