|LA DODGERS ( GREINKE )|
SAN DIEGO ( MARQUIS )
|903||LA DODGERS||-170||Ov 7,+110||-160||Ov 7,-105|
|904||SAN DIEGO||+160||Un 7,-130||+150||Un 7,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-1||+0.7||1-2||2.7||0.239||0.346||1.7||0.135||0.163|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.3||3-3||2.9||0.260||0.335||3.1||0.209||0.269|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-4||-1.5||2-3||3.7||0.258||0.326||5.2||0.294||0.369|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.4||2-4||3.4||0.249||0.311||5.1||0.284||0.354|
|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)||4-3||W||-120||7 ov||P||13||12||0||11||10||0|
|4/11/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|4/12/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|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)||3-4||L||+110||7 ov||P||11||10||0||13||12||0|
|4/11/2013||MARQUIS(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|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* ========================
Los Angeles (4-3) at San Diego (2-5), 10:10 p.m. EDT
Zack Greinke cruised in his Los Angeles Dodgers debut as he gets ready to face a lineup that will be mostly unfamiliar to him.
He'll try to duplicate his success from his first outing when the visiting Dodgers and San Diego Padres complete this three-game set Thursday night.
Greinke (1-0, 0.00 ERA) yielded two hits with no walks and six strikeouts Friday to earn a 3-0 home win over Pittsburgh. He signed a $147 million, six-year contract with Los Angeles (5-3) and wanted to get off to a good start.
"First impressions are important," Greinke said. "But I'm just trying to get one out at a time. No matter who it is, they're the most important batter at the moment. That's kind of what I do, and hopefully everything takes care of itself."
The Dodgers put him on a pitch count that reached 92 after the right-hander worked 13 innings in the spring. He'll have an extra day of rest as he faces the Padres for the second time after yielding two runs in six innings to gain credit for a 4-3 victory May 9, 2011, with Milwaukee.
The only regulars in the lineup from San Diego (2-6) in that contest who are available Thursday are Will Venable and Cameron Maybin, who combined to go 1 for 5.
The only Padres hitters with more than three at-bats against Greinke are Carlos Quentin, who is 6 for 24 with three homers, and Mark Kotsay, 3 for 10.
Quentin, however, sat out Wednesday's 4-3 loss after getting hit on the wrist by a pitch from Ronald Belisario the night before and manager Bud Black said he was still sore.
"He's going through a number of tests, and we hope to get a better idea of where he's headed," Black told the Padres' official website.
Kotsay, meanwhile, has not started either game of this series, although he's 6 for 11 in 2013.
While Greinke may need some help figuring out the Padres lineup, San Diego right-hander Jason Marquis (0-1, 3.00) will get his first look at the red-hot Carl Crawford for the Dodgers.
Crawford has four straight two-hit efforts and six in seven starts this season, going 13 for 28. He led off Wednesday's game with a homer and tripled and came around to score in the fifth inning.
"It's definitely fun," he said. "Even if I wouldn't have had a fast start like I'm having now, everything is just good for me right now."
Nick Hundley went 4 for 4 for the fourth time in his career for San Diego, which also started with six losses in its first eight games in 2012.
Marquis allowed five runs over six innings Friday in a 5-2 defeat at Colorado. He's 6-4 with a 2.64 ERA in 14 career starts against Los Angeles.
Matt Kemp is off to a slow start with five hits in 30 at-bats, and is 2 for 17 in his career against Marquis.
The Dodgers may be concerned about a bullpen that has allowed eight runs over six innings in this series. Their relievers had worked 13 scoreless innings before this set began.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 9:04:33 AM EST|