|LA DODGERS ( MAGILL )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( VOGELSONG )
|963||LA DODGERS||+130||Ov 7,-120||+135||Ov 7,-135|
|964||SAN FRANCISCO||-140||Un 7,+100||-145||Un 7,+115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-9||-4.3||11-6||3.4||0.232||0.309||4.6||0.268||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.4||5-2||3.6||0.258||0.311||4.9||0.264||0.331|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-3||+2.9||4-5||4.4||0.266||0.295||2.8||0.231||0.292|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||4-3||4.4||0.240||0.303||4.0||0.272||0.344|
|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)||7-2||W||-140||6.5 un||O||12||7||1||4||6||0|
|4/24/2013||LILLY(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||3-7||L||160||7 un||O||4||4||0||11||9||0|
|4/25/2013||RYU(L)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||3-2||W||-130||8 un||U||6||4||1||5||7||0|
|4/30/2013||RYU(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||6-2||W||-145||7 un||O||13||9||0||5||5||0|
|5/3/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||1-2||L||-140||6.5 un||U||11||13||1||4||5||1|
|5/4/2013||LILLY(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|5/5/2013||RYU(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|5/7/2013|| ||ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|5/11/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|4/20/2013||LINCECUM(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||2-0||W||-150||7.5 un||U||3||2||0||5||7||0|
|4/21/2013||ZITO(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||5-0||W||-130||7.5 ov||U||8||4||0||6||6||0|
|4/26/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||1-2||L||-105||7 un||U||7||6||0||6||6||0|
|4/27/2013||ZITO(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||7-8||L||100||7.5 un||O||11||5||2||14||11||2|
|4/28/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||4-6||L||-125||7.5 ov||O||10||9||0||9||7||0|
|4/29/2013||CAIN(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)||6-4||W||105||8.5 un||O||10||8||0||7||7||0|
|4/30/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||2-1||W||-115||8 ov||U||6||4||0||4||4||0|
|5/1/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||9-6||W||100||9 un||O||10||6||1||15||8||0|
|5/3/2013||ZITO(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||2-1||W||+130||6.5 un||U||4||5||1||11||13||1|
|5/4/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||LA DODGERS||LILLY(L)|| |
|5/5/2013||CAIN(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|5/11/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|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 FRANCISCO: HITTING: The Giants scored the second-fewest runs in the majors. But the additions of OF MELKY CABRERA (.305 BA, 18 HR, 87 RBI, 102 runs) and OF ANGEL PAGAN (32 SB) at the top of the order will certainly help. C BUSTER POSEY's surgically repaired ankle should be fully healed for the start of the season, and the 25-year-old's .368 OBP is certainly needed. 3B PABLO SANDOVAL was the team's best hitter in 2011 (.315 BA, 23 HR, 70 RBI) and was the only legitimate power source. The right side of the infield consists of veteran players past their prime. 1B AUBREY HUFF had his worst season, hitting .246 with 12 HR, but the 35-year-old will continue to bat in the middle of the lineup. 2B FREDDY SANCHEZ, 34, missed 50+ games for the third straight year as he suffered a torn labrum. SS BRANDON CRAWFORD has a slick glove but he's not close to being a legitimate major-league hitter (.204 career BA). OF BRANDON BELT, 23, has future star potential, but will be in a reserve role. OF NATE SCHIERHOLTZ (.756 OPS) provides a reliable bat in right field. |
STARTING PITCHING: San Francisco ranked second in the majors in ERA (3.28), strikeouts (5.4 per game) and Opp. BA (.237). TIM LINCECUM was the ace once again with a 2.74 ERA and 220 strikeouts, but carried a sub-.500 record (13-14). Including playoffs, Lincecum has thrown an average of 230 innings per season since 2008. MATT CAIN also had a phenomenal year, carting a 2.88 ERA, team-best 1.08 WHIP and fanning 179 batters. He allowed only nine home runs in 221.2 innings of work. 22-year-old lefty MADISON BUMGARNER had a solid first full season, finishing with a 3.21 ERA, and a 4.2 K-to-BB ratio (191 strikeouts, 46 walks). RYAN VOGELSONG was an unbelievable story, returning to the majors for the first time since 2006 and going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA. Although he's 34, his arm has plenty of innings left. BARRY ZITO will likely earn the final spot in the rotation as prospect ERIC SURKAMP gets more seasoning in Triple-A. Zito posted a career-worst 5.87 ERA while Surkamp carted a 1.84 WHIP in six starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: The success of the San Francisco bullpen hinges on BRIAN WILSON, who had a down year (1.47 WHIP, 54 K, 31 BB) because of elbow problems. Surgery was not required for his ailment, so expect a nice bounce-back season from this elite closer. If Wilson gets injured again, SERGIO ROMO could get called upon in the late innings. But even if he doesn't save a game, he still has plenty of value as a set-up man, notching a gaudy 13.1 strikeout rate and 0.71 WHIP last year. In 48 innings, he struck out 70 batters and only walked five. JEREMY AFFELDT is the top lefty in the Giants pen. He notched a strong 2.63 ERA and also tallied a career-best 1.15 WHIP last year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Giants Preview* ========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Los Angeles (13-15) at San Francisco (17-12), 9:05 p.m. EDT
As the reigning NL MVP on a World Series champion, Buster Posey is loved by San Francisco Giants fans.
His play at home against the archrival Los Angeles Dodgers only reinforces those feelings.
Coming off a clutch performance, Posey looks to continue his success against the Dodgers at AT&T Park on Saturday night and lead the Giants to their longest winning streak of the season.
Posey enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2012, batting a league-best .336 with 24 homers and 103 RBIs - all career highs.
So far, he's struggling to replicate those impressive numbers, hitting .281 with four homers and 17 RBIs. However, facing the Dodgers at home may be triggering a change.
Posey has a .333 average in 22 home meetings with Los Angeles - .408 over the past 14.
The All-Star catcher came up big in the opener of this three-game series Friday, connecting for a walkoff homer to clinch a 2-1 win. He also knocked in San Francisco's other run on a sixth-inning double, as the Giants (17-12) matched their season-high four-game winning streak.
"He's the guy you want up there. He ran a deep count there," manager Bruce Bochy said of Posey's homer. "It doesn't come at a better time than when he hit it. That's another great comeback for us."
Scheduled starter Ryan Vogelsong (1-2, 6.23) will try to rebound from his shortest - and perhaps worst - start of the season. It was also the most recent defeat for the Giants, 6-4 at San Diego on Sunday.
Vogelsong was battered for six runs and eight hits, including a career high-tying three homers, with three walks in five innings. He's surrendered seven homers over his last four starts.
"I'm just off, man. I can't get anything really going," Vogelsong told the team's official website. "I don't feel like I'm as far off as I was last year."
Last year, the right-hander went 0-2 with a 3.42 ERA over his first four starts before going 6-0 and compiling a 1.76 ERA over his next eight.
Coincidentally, that run started with a 2-1 win over the Dodgers (13-15) on May 8, when he yielded one run in 7 1-3 innings.
Vogelsong is 4-2 with a 1.80 ERA over his last seven starts versus Los Angeles.
Injuries continue to mount for the Dodgers, who lost Hanley Ramirez to a left hamstring injury Friday. The shortstop returned Monday from a torn ligament in his right thumb, which kept him out of the lineup for the first 25 games.
"It sounds like he got it pretty good," manager Don Mattingly said. "It's usually a pretty good amount of time. It's not like he's going to be back in a couple days."
Adrian Gonzalez's status is unclear after he was a late scratch for the series opener due to neck pain, stemming from a collision with an umpire earlier this week.
The injury issues have given Matt Magill an opportunity to showcase himself, and this time it's for Ted Lilly - placed on the DL Friday with a strain in his right rib cage.
Magill made his major league debut last Saturday because Stephen Fife went on the DL with bursitis in his right shoulder. The right-hander impressed, yielding two runs and four hits with seven strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings while not getting a decision in a 6-4 loss to Milwaukee.
"He's a guy that just seems to be under control," Mattingly told the team's official website. "He's a guy that you can just see his precision really in his work. He's been a guy that has to locate. He's kind of constantly getting better."
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:54:30 PM EST|