|LA DODGERS ( KERSHAW )|
ARIZONA ( CORBIN )
|961||LA DODGERS||-150||Ov 8,-110||-150||Ov 7.5,+100|
|962||ARIZONA||+140||Un 8,-110||+140||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-2||+0.6||2-2||3.2||0.267||0.322||3.4||0.236||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.4||3-3||3.3||0.289||0.368||3.0||0.201||0.265|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-2||-1.6||1-2||4.7||0.200||0.296||4.3||0.204||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.4||5-2||6.9||0.279||0.355||4.6||0.258||0.312|
|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)||3-2||W||-155||7 ov||U||11||12||1||8||8||0|
|4/12/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|4/13/2013||RYU(L)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/1/2013||KENNEDY(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||6-2||W||-105||8.5 ov||U||15||8||0||5||2||1|
|4/2/2013||CAHILL(R)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||1-6||L||-120||9 un||U||3||7||0||10||7||1|
|4/3/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||10-9||W||-105||9 un||O||17||15||1||16||12||0|
|4/5/2013||MILEY(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||3-1||W||115||8.5 un||U||6||5||0||7||6||0|
|4/6/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||FIERS(R)||9-2||W||-110||8.5 un||O||16||11||0||10||7||3|
|4/7/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||8-7||W||100||7.5 un||O||14||7||0||16||10||0|
|4/12/2013||CORBIN(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|4/13/2013||KENNEDY(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|4/14/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|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).
|ARIZONA: HITTING: Arizona's offense placed ninth in the majors in runs (4.5 per game), homers (172) and OPS (.736), thanks in big part to its young outfield trio. OF JUSTIN UPTON, 24, had a career year and led his team with a .289 BA, 31 HR, 88 RBI, 105 runs and a .369 OBP. OF GERARDO PARRA may have won a Gold Glove, but OF JASON KUBEL is the new leftfielder. Kubel's power numbers will improve in the desert. OF CHRIS YOUNG's .236 BA was poor, but his .331 OBP allowed him to score 89 times and swipe a team-high 22 SB. 1B PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, 24, belted 30 homers in 103 Double-A games and continued his power in the majors with eight bombs in 156 at-bats. 3B RYAN ROBERTS (19 HR, 86 runs) and C MIGUEL MONTERO (18 HR, 86 RBI) also had career-best seasons. 2B AARON HILL was a great midseason acquisition from Toronto, tallying an .878 OPS in 33 games with Arizona. SS STEPHEN DREW batted only .252 with 5 HR in half a season before fracturing his ankle. He'll probably return in early May, and speedy WILLIE BLOOMQUIST will replace him in the starting lineup. |
STARTING PITCHING: D-backs starters won 71 games, sixth-most in baseball. IAN KENNEDY won 21 of those contests and led the team with a 2.88 ERA and 198 strikeouts. He also held batters to a .210 BA at hitter-friendly Chase Field. DANIEL HUDSON was strong in all facets as well, notching 16 wins, 169 K and a 3.49 ERA. He pitches like a seasoned veteran, but he's only 25. Newcomer TREVOR CAHILL was 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA in his first 10 starts before finishing 6-13 with a 5.25 ERA. Don't expect a huge comeback going from a pitcher's park to a hitter's park. The Diamondbacks brought back innings eater JOE SAUNDERS, which closed the door for stud prospect WADE MILEY to begin 2012 in Arizona's starting rotation. Once the first-round draft pick from 2008 cuts down on his walks, everything else should fall into place, and he should be pitching for the big club come September. JOSH COLLMENTER burst on the scene with his crazy delivery and was unhittable in his first six starts (1.05 ERA, 0.76 WHIP). He predictably tailed off, but still led the rotation with a 1.07 WHIP, walking just 28 batters in 154.1 innings.
RELIEF PITCHING: Arizona led the majors with 58 saves, as J.J. PUTZ tallied 45 of those. He didn't allow a run in his final 18 appearances, finishing with a 2.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 9.5 K per 9 IP. He was unhittable on the road, giving up just one run on nine hits in 24.1 innings (.113 opp. BA). Putz does have a history of being injured, and if he gets hurt again, DAVID HERNANDEZ proved a worthy replacement, saving 11 games last year and posting a strong 10.0 K per 9 IP rate. He held opponents to a meager .193 BA. BRAD ZIEGLER was even better after Arizona acquired him at the deadline. In 23 appearances with the D-backs, the side-arming Ziegler notched a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Diamondbacks Preview* ==============================
Los Angeles (6-3) at Arizona (6-3), 9:40 p.m. EDT
Clayton Kershaw now gets a chance to see if he can continue his early season success on the road.
Kershaw faces a favorable matchup against an Arizona Diamondbacks team that has struggled against left-handers in Friday night's opener of a weekend series for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who arrive after learning a major cog in their rotation will be out for some time.
Through two starts at home, Kershaw (2-0, 0.00 ERA) has yielded six hits while striking out 16 through 16 scoreless innings. He turned in seven innings of two-hit ball last Saturday with nine strikeouts in a 1-0 victory over Pittsburgh.
"For me it just starts with throwing strikes," said Kershaw, who has thrown 114 of 191 pitches for strikes with just one walk. "Just keep pumping the strike zone and letting the defense work. That's kind of my mindset."
The southpaw could be the last pitcher Arizona (6-3) wants to see at this time. The Diamondbacks are hitting .193 against left-handers, losing two of three games when opponents have started them.
"We haven't been that good. We have some power from the left-hand side, it just tends to neutralize that a little more," manager Kirk Gibson told the team's official website. "But it's early in the season. There's really nothing to read into it at this point."
Kershaw has a 1.81 ERA in his last 11 starts against the Diamondbacks, striking out 82 in 69 2-3 innings, though he did lose his final three outings against them in 2012.
Paul Goldschmidt is 1 for 11 against Kershaw, Miguel Montero 4 for 20 with nine strikeouts and Jason Kubel 1 for 8. That trio has combined for 21 RBIs in 2013, including five by Kubel in the last three games while going 5 for 13 with two homers.
Kershaw had a 3.24 ERA on the road last season compared to 2.05 at home.
There could be more pressure on him now to lead the Dodgers rotation. Los Angeles (6-3) learned that right-hander Zack Greinke suffered a broken left collarbone after being involved in a bench-clearing brawl in Thursday's 3-2 victory at San Diego.
Greinke plunked Carlos Quentin, who rushed the mound and wrestled him to the ground in the sixth inning. The Dodgers starter lowered his left shoulder into the onrushing Padres outfielder, and the consequences were steep. There is no timetable for Greinke at this point.
Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly blamed Quentin for the incident, saying he has "zero understanding of the game of baseball."
"He should not play a game until Greinke can pitch," said Mattingly about Quentin. "If he plays a game before Greinke pitches, something's wrong."
Matt Kemp and Jerry Hairston Jr., who did not play Thursday, were the Dodgers ejected in the aftermath of the brawl.
Los Angeles will have to move on and face Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin (1-0, 3.00), who went 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA in two starts against the Dodgers as a rookie last year.
Corbin had a strong season debut Saturday, yielding two runs over six innings in a 9-2 victory at Milwaukee.
The Diamondbacks salvaged the finale of a three-game set with Pittsburgh on Wednesday with a 10-2 rout. A.J. Pollock had two homers and four RBIs.
Second baseman Aaron Hill sat out after being hit in the left hand by a pitch the previous night, but expects to play Friday.
Dodgers slugger Adrian Gonzalez, who hit .154 against Arizona last year, is 11 for 24 with eight RBIs over the past six games and hit his first homer of the season Thursday.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 5:06:02 AM EST|