|LA DODGERS ( RYU )|
BALTIMORE ( HAMMEL )
|Doubleheader Game #1|
|981||LA DODGERS||+115||Ov 8.5,+100||+105||Ov 8.5,+100|
|982||BALTIMORE||-125||Un 8.5,-120||-115||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-4||-2.4||4-4||2.7||0.254||0.341||3.6||0.243||0.283|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-6.3||4-3||2.4||0.265||0.340||4.7||0.287||0.355|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-3||-1.1||2-2||4.8||0.276||0.330||5.0||0.237||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.3||1-4||3.9||0.252||0.306||4.1||0.253||0.322|
|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)||0-3||L||-150||7.5 un||U||6||10||0||6||6||0|
|4/13/2013||RYU(L)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)||7-5||W||115||8.5 ov||O||14||10||0||11||6||0|
|4/14/2013||BECKETT(R)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||0-1||L||110||9 ov||U||6||5||0||6||6||0|
|4/15/2013||BILLINGSLEY(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||3-6||L||-165||6.5 un||O||12||9||1||9||8||0|
|4/16/2013||CAPUANO(L)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||2-9||L||-175||7 ov||O||4||7||0||15||10||0|
|4/17/2013||KERSHAW(L)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||2-7||L||-255||6.5 un||O||10||14||1||13||12||0|
|4/20/2013||RYU(L)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|4/20/2013||BECKETT(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|4/21/2013||BILLINGSLEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|4/23/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|4/24/2013||LILLY(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|4/25/2013||RYU(L)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|4/27/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|4/8/2013||CHEN(L)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||1-3||L||135||9 ov||U||5||7||0||5||2||0|
|4/10/2013||ARRIETA(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||8-5||W||130||9 un||O||6||4||0||5||3||2|
|4/11/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||ACEVES(R)||3-2||W||115||9 un||U||9||10||0||8||8||0|
|4/12/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||2-5||L||135||8 un||U||9||4||1||6||8||1|
|4/13/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||5-3||W||-105||9 un||U||11||6||1||11||9||1|
|4/14/2013||CHEN(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||0-3||L||105||8.5 un||U||5||5||0||7||5||2|
|4/16/2013||ARRIETA(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||5-4||W||-120||9 un||P||6||6||0||6||7||1|
|4/17/2013||TILLMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||2-6||L||+110||8 ev||P||5||8||0||11||7||0|
|4/18/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||10-6||W||+120||7.5 ov||O||14||3||1||11||9||0|
|4/20/2013||HAMMEL(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|4/20/2013||CHEN(L)||LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)|| |
|4/21/2013||ARRIETA(R)||LA DODGERS||BILLINGSLEY(R)|| |
|4/25/2013||CHEN(L)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||ARRIETA(R)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)|| |
|4/27/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|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).
|BALTIMORE: HITTING: The leadoff spot is 2B BRIAN ROBERTS' if he can stay on the field. His recent injury history is very troubling, though his talent makes him a risk worth taking. 2B ROBERT ANDINO and 2B RYAN ADAMS would compete for time if Roberts is out. The O's best hitter last year was arguably SS J.J. HARDY. He was healthy for the first time in years and flexed his legit 30-HR power. If Roberts and Hardy stay healthy, OF NICK MARKAKIS will likely hit third and see an increase in RBI chances. OF ADAM JONES seems to have the highest ceiling of any Baltimore hitter. 3B MARK REYNOLDS will probably end up at 1B. His horrendous average cancels out some of his 40-HR potential. OF NOLAN REIMOLD revived his MLB career with an impressive end of the season. He's got a shot to start in left. 1B CHRIS DAVIS is a candidate to start at first, third or DH as sort of a Junior Mark Reynolds. C MATT WIETERS is already one of the best two-way backstops in baseball at age 25. |
STARTING PITCHING: WEI-YIN CHEN pitched well enough in Japan (2.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in past four seasons) to become the de-facto ace of this horrible pitching staff. JAKE ARRIETA is a mediocre talent, but is good enough to secure a spot as a Baltimore starter. JASON HAMMEL hopes the switch from Coors Field will help lower his career ERA of 4.99. The highest-risk, highest-potential O's pitcher may be BRIAN MATUSZ. His 2011 line is frightening (10.69 ERA, 2.11 WHIP), but he has the raw skills and pitch repertoire to turn it around. TOMMY HUNTER came over from Texas midseason and should round out the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: There was talk of JIM JOHNSON being converted into a starter, but he'll open the season as the team's closer. Johnson established himself as the O's best option to close after going 7-for-7 in that role last September. KEVIN GREGG would step in as the ninth-inning man if Johnson falters. He was unstable in that role last year. Gregg is a trade candidate this midseason, in which case he'd probably end up a set-up man elsewhere. Flame-throwing MATT LINDSTROM is a darkhorse for saves. He saved 23 games for Houston in 2010 before being used as a set-up man in Colorado last year. TSUYOSHI WADA brings his finesse game from Japan. He's a heady hurler who hides the ball well, but he's in for a rude awakening in the A.L. East. BRAD BERGESEN and CHRIS JAKUBAUSKAS are long relievers who may get bumped into the rotation if the young Baltimore SPs struggle again.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Orioles Preview* =========================
Los Angeles (7-8) at Baltimore (8-7), 1:05 p.m. EDT
Highly touted rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu has provided some consistent efforts in his first three starts with the Los Angeles Dodgers. They could use another such performance Saturday when he faces the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a split doubleheader at Camden Yards.
The scheduled series opener Friday was postponed by rain, forcing the teams to play a doubleheader in Los Angeles' only visit to Baltimore this season.
Ryu will try to earn a third consecutive win while helping the Dodgers avoid a fifth straight defeat.
The Dodgers paid $25.7 million just to negotiate a six-year, $36 million deal with Ryu, a star left-hander in Korea, and so far, it's been money well spent.
Ryu (2-1, 2.89 ERA) has pitched at least six innings and allowed three or fewer runs in each of his three starts. He recorded nine strikeouts and helped himself with three hits in his latest outing, a 7-5 victory at Arizona last Saturday.
"Puts guys on the same time," manager Don Mattingly said of the rainout. "Gives Ryu an extra day, so he will be on regular rest."
The Dodgers (7-8), though, haven't won since that contest, getting outscored 23-7 during a four-game skid. They had 10 hits in the series finale against San Diego on Wednesday but went 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position and lost 7-2.
Los Angeles is batting .171 in those situations this year.
"We have to move forward," said Mattingly, who played under Baltimore manger Buck Showalter during his career with the New York Yankees. "We're 7-8, and that's not good enough. But also it's not like we're throwing up the white flag yet. We talk about what's acceptable and what's not acceptable and how do we turn it around.
"We're not going to sit and feel sorry for ourselves."
The Dodgers have also traditionally had lackluster performances in interleague play, going 115-139, but they'll get to face a team that's fared even more poorly. Baltimore's 126-157 mark is the worst in the AL, and the Orioles (8-7) enter this series having alternated losses and wins in their last six games.
Baltimore, though, produced a resilient 10-6 victory in 10 innings over Tampa Bay on Thursday. The Orioles rallied from an early three-run hole and erased two other one-run deficits before blowing a one-run lead in the eighth.
Matt Wieters' grand slam gave Baltimore its 17th consecutive extra-inning win, the longest such streak since Pittsburgh's 21 straight from June 1959-July 1960.
Showalter said getting ready for the Dodgers and interleague play was quite a change after facing AL East foes Boston, the Yankees and Tampa Bay in succession.
"It's a real challenge for your time," he said. "We were here until well after midnight (Thursday) and today spent the whole day trying to gather the information our players need to know. It was one of those days where you close your door from noon to 3 trying to get everything done."
Jason Hammel (2-1, 4.34) will oppose Ryu, looking to lead the Orioles to back-to-back wins for the third time this season. The right-hander will also attempt to win consecutive starts for the first time since June.
Hammel gave up three runs over six innings of a 5-2 win over the Yankees on Saturday, but he's 2-4 with a 5.63 ERA in nine career starts against the Dodgers and 0-3 with a 10.66 ERA in the last three.
Josh Beckett (0-2, 3.26 ERA) is scheduled to start the nightcap for the Dodgers. The veteran right-hander is no stranger to the Orioles, having gone 7-7 with a 4.36 ERA in 20 starts against them.
He hasn't enjoyed any success in recent meetings, losing four straight outings while compiling a 6.75 ERA and giving up six home runs.
Beckett had by far his best performance of the season Sunday at Arizona, allowing one run and six hits over 8 1-3 innings of a 1-0 loss. He walked one and struck out nine in his longest start since a shutout for Boston on June 15, 2011, against Tampa Bay.
Wei-Yin Chen (0-2, 4.00) aims to end a long winless streak for Baltimore. The left-hander turned in his second consecutive quality start in a 3-0 loss at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, getting little or no offensive help from his teammates again.
Chen is 0-6 with a 4.37 ERA in 10 starts since his last win Aug. 19 against Detroit, receiving 15 runs of support in those games.
Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford are the only current Dodgers to face Chen, going a combined 4 for 12 in their matchups.
The Dodgers have won five straight over the Orioles, with the latest series taking place June 15-17, 2004.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 1:31:10 AM EST|