|LA DODGERS ( BILLINGSLEY )|
SAN DIEGO ( STULTS )
|963||LA DODGERS||-115||Ov 6.5,-120||-120||Ov 7,-120|
|964||SAN DIEGO||+105||Un 6.5,+100||+110||Un 7,+100|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-2||-0.4||2-2||3.0||0.244||0.301||3.5||0.216||0.285|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.3||3-4||2.9||0.242||0.321||2.7||0.182||0.236|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-3||-0.5||2-3||3.8||0.247||0.318||5.4||0.282||0.364|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.4||3-4||3.3||0.224||0.286||6.1||0.284||0.359|
|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)||3-9||L||-125||7 un||O||10||9||0||11||9||1|
|4/10/2013||BILLINGSLEY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|4/11/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/1/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||2-11||L||130||7.5 un||O||4||6||1||13||8||1|
|4/3/2013||RICHARD(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||4-8||L||130||7 un||O||6||3||1||8||4||1|
|4/4/2013||STULTS(L)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||2-1||W||140||7.5 un||U||6||9||0||5||9||0|
|4/5/2013||MARQUIS(R)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)||2-5||L||140||11 un||U||7||7||1||7||4||1|
|4/6/2013||ROSS(R)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)||3-6||L||130||11 un||U||8||7||1||8||7||0|
|4/7/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||1-9||L||130||10.5 un||U||9||7||1||15||6||0|
|4/9/2013||RICHARD(L)||LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||9-3||W||+115||7 un||O||11||9||1||10||9||0|
|4/10/2013||STULTS(L)||LA DODGERS||BILLINGSLEY(R)|| |
|4/11/2013||MARQUIS(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|4/12/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|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).
|SAN DIEGO: HITTING: This was by far the worst lineup in the National League in runs (3.66 per game), HR (91), and OPS (.653). 1B JESUS GUZMAN had 44 RBI in just 247 at-bats thanks to a 1.094 OPS with RISP. 1B YONDER ALONSO, the key piece of the Mat Latos trade, will play first every day, moving Guzman to a back-up role. OF CAMERON MAYBIN used his speed to steal 40 bases and score 82 runs. OF CARLOS QUENTIN was acquired from the White Sox and will provide much-needed power in the middle of the batting order when he returns to the field sometime in late April/early May after having knee surgery. Slugger KYLE BLANKS will fill the void. In 420 career at-bats, he has 20 homers, but also has a .219 BA and 152 strikeouts. SS JASON BARTLETT had a disappointing first season in San Diego, hitting only two home runs in 554 at-bats and posting a pathetic .615 OPS as the team's No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Mediocre OF WILL VENABLE (.705 OPS) would not start for any other team in the majors. 3B CHASE HEADLEY batted .289 with a .374 OBP, but failed to provide any power from the three-hole. Oft-injured C NICK HUNDLEY had an .824 OPS and 9 HR in half a season. SS ORLANDO HUDSON batted just .246 with 92 strikeouts and just 31 walks. |
STARTING PITCHING: This young staff finished sixth in the majors with a 3.62 ERA. TIM STAUFFER struggled to pitch outside of spacious Petco Park, posting a 4.95 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the road (2.57 ERA, 1.13 WHIP at home). Two starters both underwent surgery on their throwing shoulders last summer, but are expected to be ready for the start of the season. Lefty CLAYTON RICHARD had just 53 K and 38 BB in 99.2 innings, but he posted a strong 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP at home last year. The 2011 campaign was the year to judge whether EDINSON VOLQUEZ was all the way back from major arm surgery. Well, the jury's in and the verdict isn't kind. The move to San Diego can only cure so much. Right-hander DUSTIN MOSELEY enjoyed his first season in the NL, posting career-best marks in ERA (3.30) and WHIP (1.28). But like Richard, his 64 K and 36 BB in 120 innings were unimpressive. CORY LUEBKE began 2011 in the bullpen, but was moved the rotation, which is where he'll stay in 2012. In 17 starts last year, he shined with a 3.31 ERA and 111 K in 100.2 IP.
RELIEF PITCHING: For the first time since 2008, somebody other than Heath Bell will close games for the Padres. HUSTON STREET will certainly benefit from the move to hitter haven Coors Field to pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Street had a 4.20 home ERA in three seasons in Colorado, while posting a stellar 2.59 ERA on the road. If Street gets hurt, the two leading candidates for the closer role are LUKE GREGERSON and ERNESTO FRIERI. Gregerson is the more consistent pitcher of the two, but Frieri throws harder than Gregerson and has a stellar 11.1 strikeout rate in his three-year career.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-SAN DIEGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Padres Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Los Angeles (4-2) at San Diego (1-5), 10:10 p.m. EDT
Chad Billingsley finally has the chance to continue the success he enjoyed before an elbow injury prematurely ended his 2012 season.
The veteran right-hander will come off the disabled list trying to help the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers even their road set with the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.
Billingsley went 10-9 with a 3.55 ERA in 25 starts a year ago, and was 6-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last seven before his season ended in August due to a partially torn ligament in his right elbow.
While Billingsley was able to avoid surgery, his return this spring was slowed by a bruised index finger suffered during a bunting drill March 15.
Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly apparently feels Billingsley is ready to return despite allowing seven runs in 7 2-3 innings during spring training and four runs with three walks during a minor league rehab stint last week.
The biggest positive, however, is that the finger feels fine.
"It went well. I accomplished everything I needed to get ready for my next start," Billingsley told the Dodgers' official website. "I've got no issues with the finger. I'm anxious to get back out there, compete and win some ballgames."
He allowed three hits and struck out 11 in 8 1-3 innings of a 6-0 road win in his only start versus San Diego in 2012. Billingsley has yielded two earned runs and 11 hits over 21 1-3 innings while winning two of his last three against the Padres.
While Los Angeles (4-3) had its three-game winning streak snapped, San Diego (2-5) ended a three-game slide with a 9-3 victory Tuesday. Will Venable homered and hit a bases-loaded triple for the Padres, who broke open a one-run game by scoring five times in the eighth inning of its opener at a less spacious Petco Park.
San Diego had been outscored 40-14 on a 1-5 road trip to begin the season.
"We didn't play well on the trip. But our guys have a lot of resolve to play well," Padres manager Bud Black said.
Venable, 2 for 15 with no RBIs on the trip, is 4 for 8 in his last three games versus Los Angeles.
Former Dodger Eric Stults looks to build on a victorious season debut when he takes the mound for the Padres. The left-hander allowed three hits and struck out seven in five scoreless innings of Thursday's 2-1 win over the New York Mets.
Stults, 8-3 with a 2.94 ERA in 14 starts last season after the Padres claimed him off waivers from the White Sox, is finally getting the chance to be a regular in a major league rotation.
"Years past, I might get four, five starts and then get sent back down to the minor leagues and then come back up. I was always bouncing back and forth," he said. "When I was bouncing back and forth, I might go six days and not pitch or seven days. And there was days I was pitching on short rest, when I would get called up. So not that that's an excuse, but it's I think a little bit tougher as a starting pitcher when your routine gets thrown off."
In his only start against a Dodger club with which he broke into the majors in 2006, Stults gave up a solo homer to Andre Ethier and six other hits over six innings of a 6-3, 11-inning win Sept. 4.
Stults has never faced Los Angeles' Carl Crawford, who is 11 for 24 (.458) on the season.
Teammate Adrian Gonzalez is 9 for 14 with six RBIs in four games after going 1 for 9 in the first three.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 9:35:52 PM EST|