|LA DODGERS ( KERSHAW )|
NY METS ( NIESE )
|907||LA DODGERS||-140||Ov 6.5,-110||-140||Ov 6.5,+115|
|908||NY METS||+130||Un 6.5,-110||+130||Un 6.5,-135|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-5||-3.5||3-4||2.5||0.262||0.327||4.0||0.242||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-7.7||5-2||2.9||0.240||0.329||5.7||0.297||0.366|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-4||-2.5||4-2||5.0||0.240||0.316||5.3||0.236||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.8||5-2||4.9||0.238||0.305||5.4||0.260||0.338|
|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)||7-4||W||120||9 un||O||8||9||0||10||7||0|
|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)|| |
|4/30/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|4/9/2013||GEE(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||3-8||L||180||7 ov||O||8||5||2||11||5||1|
|4/10/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||3-7||L||120||9 un||O||11||7||0||10||5||0|
|4/12/2013||NIESE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||WORLEY(R)||16-5||W||-110||7.5 un||O||15||6||1||6||6||2|
|4/13/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)||4-2||W||-125||7 ov||U||10||6||0||4||3||0|
|4/16/2013||GEE(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||4-8||L||140||10 un||O||8||6||0||12||8||0|
|4/16/2013||LAFFEY(L)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)||8-9||L||125||10.5 un||O||12||10||2||13||12||3|
|4/18/2013||NIESE(L)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)||3-11||L||105||9.5 un||O||8||5||1||17||7||1|
|4/23/2013||NIESE(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|4/24/2013||HARVEY(R)||LA DODGERS||LILLY(L)|| |
|4/25/2013||HEFNER(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|4/29/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|4/30/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|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).
|NY METS: HITTING: The Mets will be moving in the fences at Citi Field by as much as 12 feet and reducing the height to eight feet, making the park more homer-friendly. The loss of Jose Reyes and his NL-leading average at the top of the order weakens an already subpar lineup. 3B DAVID WRIGHT is coming off his worst season (.254 BA, 14 HR, 61 RBI) and could be traded at the July 31 deadline. New OF ANDRES TORRES provides very little at the plate (.221 BA, .312 OBP), but the future is bright for youngsters OF LUCAS DUDA (.852 OPS) and 1B IKE DAVIS (.926 OPS), who missed most of 2011 with an ankle injury. OF JASON BAY (.245 BA) continues to be a colossal bust. SS RUBEN TEJADA will be tasked with trying to replace Reyes. The 22-year-old made great strides last year, batting .319 after August 1. DANIEL MURPHY hit .320 last year, and will start at second, possibly losing AB in a platoon with JUSTIN TURNER. C JOSH THOLE hits well enough to be an above-average starting catcher. |
STARTING PITCHING: With the fences moving forward at Citi Field, the entire Mets pitching staff takes a hit. JOHAN SANTANA will be ready for Opening Day, but it's hard to have much faith that he'll remain healthy for an entire season. His velocity on his fastball is not what it used to be, topping out in the high-80's. MIKE PELFREY benefitted most from the pitcher-friendly ballpark with serviceable home numbers (3.94 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) and atrocious road statistics (5.49 ERA, 1.56 WHIP). JONATHON NIESE was also much better at Citi Field (3.54 ERA) than he was on the road (5.33 ERA), but he posted 14 games of 6+ strikeouts for the second straight season. DILLON GEE began the season 7-0 with a 2.86 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, but closed the 2011 campaign with a 5.51 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in his final 17 starts. Knuckle-balling R.A. DICKEY posted a second straight solid season with New York, notching a 3.28 ERA and a solid 1.23 WHIP. At age 37, he hopes to keep his pitches dancing in the smaller home ballpark.
RELIEF PITCHING: Two former Blue Jays late-innings relievers, FRANK FRANCISCO and JON RAUCH, were signed from Toronto to pitch at the back of the bullpen. Francisco will likely get first crack at the ninth-inning role, saving 17 games last year and keeping his strikeout rate above one per inning for the fourth straight year. Rauch is an imposing figure at 6-foot-11, but he posted a 1.35 WHIP and paltry 6.2 strikeout rate last year. But 52 saves since 2008 makes him a worthy candidate for ninth-inning duty. RAMON RAMIREZ was part of the Andres Torres/Angel Pagan trade and he should be a valuable set-up man. He had a strong two-year stint with San Francisco, posting a 2.07 ERA and 1.09 WHIP.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Mets Preview* ======================
By JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor
Los Angeles (8-10) at New York (9-8), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Off to a slow start and with a banged-up rotation, the Los Angeles Dodgers really need ace Clayton Kershaw to be at his best.
That certainly didn't happen in his latest outing.
Kershaw now faces one of the NL's top offenses - but also a team he's dominated - on Tuesday night when the Dodgers follow their first win in a week with a three-game set against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
With Zack Greinke (collarbone) landing on the disabled list earlier this month, Chris Capuano (calf) joining him there last week and Chad Billingsley (elbow) doing so Sunday, Los Angeles is very thin on quality starters even with Ted Lilly (shoulder) set to be activated Wednesday.
That leaves a bigger burden on Kershaw (2-2, 1.88 ERA), especially with the Dodgers (8-10) being one of only five NL teams with a losing record.
He didn't pitch like a recent Cy Young Award winner Wednesday. The left-hander gave up five runs - three earned - and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 7-2 loss to last-place San Diego. His three home runs allowed tied a career worst, his five strikeouts were a season low and four walks a season high.
"I didn't have any command and really couldn't throw the breaking ball again," Kershaw told MLB's official website. "I don't know what happened. I was just falling behind too much."
After throwing 19 scoreless innings with one walk to open the season, he's given up six runs and walked seven in 9 2-3.
Kershaw has had no such problems versus the Mets. He's won five straight starts against them, giving up two earned runs in 35 2-3 innings while striking out 36.
David Wright, Ike Davis, John Buck and Lucas Duda - generally the No. 3-6 hitters in New York's lineup - are a combined 4 for 28 against Kershaw. No current Mets player has homered off him.
New York (9-8), though, is among the league leaders with 22 homers and 5.8 runs per game.
Buck is a big reason why. He hit his team-high seventh home run Sunday in a 2-0 win over Washington, and entered this week leading the majors with 22 RBIs.
"I don't know where we'd be without John Buck," manager Terry Collins said of the veteran catcher acquired from Toronto in the R.A. Dickey deal.
The Dodgers have not been nearly as good offensively, averaging 3.0 runs. They totaled 13 during a six-game losing streak before matching a season high in a 7-4 win at Baltimore on Sunday.
Manager Don Mattingly moved Matt Kemp down a spot to cleanup and pushed Adrian Gonzalez up to third. Though Kemp remains homerless, he had the go-ahead RBI single Sunday and his second three-hit effort in three games. As Kemp's average reached .235, Gonzalez raised his to a team-best .385 with a single and an RBI double.
"You may look back in a week and say this is a big game if we start to put some (wins) together," Mattingly said. "If we go into New York and don't play well then you don't look at it as anything. It's really going to be up to us."
Kemp and Andre Ethier, in a 2-for-21 slump, are each 4 for 9 against New York scheduled starter Jonathon Niese (2-1, 3.80).
The left-hander is coming off his first loss, giving up three runs in six innings of an 11-3 defeat at Colorado on Thursday.
Niese has a 4.26 ERA without a decision in two career starts against Los Angeles, which swept a three-game set at Citi Field last year and won the season series 4-3.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:15:33 PM EST|