|LA DODGERS ( FIFE )|
BALTIMORE ( ARRIETA )
|929||LA DODGERS||+100||Ov 8.5,-120||+120||Ov 9,+115|
|930||BALTIMORE||-110||Un 8.5,+100||-130||Un 9,-135|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-5||-3.4||5-4||3.0||0.253||0.341||4.0||0.251||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-7.8||5-2||2.9||0.260||0.340||5.9||0.300||0.366|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-4||+3||5-5||5.0||0.254||0.318||3.9||0.249||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.2||2-3||5.0||0.255||0.312||4.0||0.253||0.327|
|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)||5-7||L||105||8.5 un||O||8||8||1||10||5||0|
|4/20/2013||BECKETT(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||1-6||L||115||8 un||U||6||8||2||8||6||0|
|4/21/2013||FIFE(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)|| |
|4/28/2013|| ||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)||7-5||W||-115||8.5 un||O||10||5||0||8||8||1|
|4/20/2013||CHEN(L)||LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||6-1||W||-125||8 un||U||8||6||0||6||8||2|
|4/21/2013||ARRIETA(R)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)|| |
|4/25/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||ARRIETA(R)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)|| |
|4/27/2013||CHEN(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|4/28/2013|| ||@ 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* =========================
By JON PALMIERI STATS Editor
Los Angeles (7-8) at Baltimore (8-7), 1:35 p.m. EDT
Playing in AL ballparks has presented plenty of problems for the Los Angeles Dodgers in recent years, and Camden Yards has been no exception this weekend.
Los Angeles tries to avoid matching its longest losing streak from last season and notch a rare road interleague win Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles.
Favored by many to win their first NL West title since 2009, the high-priced Dodgers have fallen short of expectations early on.
They won seven of their first 11 games but have been unable to maintain that success, losing six straight by a combined 36-13 score.
The skid continued with a pair of losses Saturday, as Los Angeles (7-10) squandered a four-run lead in a 7-5 loss in the opener of a split doubleheader before falling 6-1 in the nightcap.
Those defeats dropped the Dodgers to 7-19 in road interleague games since the start of 2010. They've lost seven of eight overall against the opposite league.
"There is a time when you feel like you just need a win," manager Don Mattingly said. "Really, this feels like one of those times. We just need to put a win on the board and get out of this."
Los Angeles, which lost seven in a row June 24-30, went 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position in the doubleheader and is 7 for 43 (.163) during the losing streak.
Manny Machado matched career highs with three hits and four RBIs Saturday night, falling a triple shy of the cycle for the Orioles (10-7), winners of a season-high three straight and seven of 10.
Baltimore has won 11 of 16 in interleague play.
"We've got to come out and be greedy and get the sweep," center fielder Adam Jones said.
Chris Davis hit his seventh homer - a 448-foot shot - in the nightcap and is 7 for 15 in his last four games. He leads the AL with seven homers and 21 RBIs.
Davis will get his first look at Chad Billingsley (1-0, 3.00 ERA), who was effective in two starts against San Diego since he was activated from the disabled list April 10 due to a bruised right index finger. He gave up a three-run homer to pitcher Eric Stults and six other hits over six innings Monday before leaving without a decision in a 6-3 loss.
The righty is 7-7 with a 4.24 ERA in 20 interleague starts, yielding 11 runs and 18 hits over 11 innings in losing the last two.
This will be his first appearance against the Orioles.
Baltimore's Jake Arrieta (1-0, 5.40) will try to build on his first win of the season, though he hopes to be far more efficient. The right-hander surrendered a home run on the first pitch he threw, walked five and needed 112 pitches to complete five innings but still beat Tampa Bay 5-4 on Tuesday. He allowed just the one run and struck out seven to earn his first victory since June 13.
"The win is the biggest part of the night," said Arrieta, who has pitched five innings in each of his three starts - all Baltimore victories. "I would have liked to be out there a little bit longer but the pitch count got up."
He went 1-2 with a 4.65 ERA in five starts against the NL last season, but allowed one run in three of those outings.
Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford have fared very well against Arrieta. Gonzalez is 5 for 11 and Crawford is 4 for 7, with both hitting a home run.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 2:48:48 PM EST|