|LA DODGERS ( RYU )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( CAIN )
|913||LA DODGERS||+115||Ov 7,+100||+110||Ov 7,+120|
|914||SAN FRANCISCO||-125||Un 7,-120||-120||Un 7,-140|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-10||-5.3||12-6||3.7||0.240||0.316||4.9||0.274||0.335|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.4||5-2||3.9||0.270||0.323||5.6||0.275||0.354|
|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||5-2||+3.1||5-2||5.7||0.265||0.342||5.0||0.291||0.362|
|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||MAGILL(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||9-10||L||135||7.5 ov||O||15||11||0||15||13||0|
|5/5/2013||RYU(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|5/12/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|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||MAGILL(R)||10-9||W||-145||7.5 ov||O||15||13||0||15||11||0|
|5/5/2013||CAIN(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|5/12/2013|| ||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 (13-16) at San Francisco (18-12), 8:05 p.m. EDT
Matt Cain is trying to halt his worst start to a season and help the San Francisco Giants to a sixth consecutive win.
Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu looks to end San Francisco's run with a third straight dazzling effort.
After his team posted back-to-back walkoff wins, Cain again goes for his first victory as the Giants seek a three-game sweep of the Dodgers on Sunday night.
Cain (0-2, 6.49 ERA) has failed to win through six starts for the first time in his nine-year career, but the three-time All-Star is not entirely to blame. He's been backed by an average of 1.8 runs, second-lowest in the majors.
His best performance came on opening day versus Los Angeles, yielding four hits and striking out eight in six scoreless innings of a 4-0 road loss. He's 4-0 with a 2.00 ERA in his last 10 starts against the Dodgers.
The right-hander finally got some support Monday, when he was staked to a three-run lead after two innings at Arizona. However, he would surrender all of the Diamondbacks' runs on three homers in the fourth inning and left with the game tied after six innings in the eventual 6-4 victory.
"It's fair to say he didn't have his best stuff, but he was battling well," manager Bruce Bochy said of Cain, who has served up nine home runs in his last four starts.
Perhaps a return home can help Cain, whose 47 wins at AT&T Park are the most by any pitcher. He's 2-0 with a 1.55 ERA in four starts there against Los Angeles (13-16).
The Dodgers are countering with Ryu (3-1, 3.35), who is starting to show why they spent a $25.7 million posting fee combined with a six-year, $36 million contract to lure him from South Korea's Hanwha Eagles.
The left-hander has given up three runs and six hits in 13 innings over his last two starts, winning the most recent 6-2 over Colorado on Tuesday. He had a season-high 12 strikeouts in six innings while helping himself with an RBI single in what remains the Dodgers' last victory - they've since dropped three straight.
"He changes speeds, hit spots," manager Don Mattingly told the team's official website. "He had a good curve, a slider. He didn't use changeup as much. That's a sign of a guy who uses what he needs to. He's a tough matchup."
Ryu showed flashes of that in his major league debut April 2 against the Giants (17-12), yielding three runs - one earned - in 6 1-3 innings while his teammates managed as many hits as errors (two) in a 3-0 loss.
The Dodgers have lost four in a row to the Giants, and the first two of this series have come in dramatic fashion.
Buster Posey delivered a walkoff homer in Friday's 2-1 win, then pinch-hitter Guillermo Quiroz did the same a day later off closer Brandon League to cap a 10-9, 10-inning victory. It was the backup catcher's first homer since getting the only two of his career in 2008 with Baltimore.
Posey has four hits - three for extra bases - with four RBIs in this series, giving him a .415 average over his last 15 meetings with Los Angeles.
Pablo Sandoval, who had three hits Saturday, is on a tear over the past seven games with a .484 average, six RBIs and seven runs.
Andre Ethier is a career .450 hitter versus Cain, including 7 for 19 with two doubles and a homer since 2011. Matt Kemp, though, has two hits in his last 24 at-bats against him.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 5:22:01 PM EST|