|ARIZONA ( MCCARTHY )|
LA DODGERS ( BECKETT )
|907||ARIZONA||+125||Ov 7,-130||+105||Ov 7.5,+110|
|908||LA DODGERS||-135||Un 7,+110||-115||Un 7.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-9||+0.2||9-9||4.7||0.259||0.316||4.4||0.268||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.6||5-2||5.0||0.257||0.327||4.6||0.257||0.336|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-12||-7.4||13-6||3.6||0.239||0.315||5.1||0.280||0.338|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-6.4||5-1||3.7||0.278||0.342||6.6||0.309||0.381|
|4/23/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||6-4||W||130||6.5 ev||O||10||8||0||12||7||3|
|4/24/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||3-2||W||145||7 un||U||8||10||0||8||10||1|
|4/25/2013||CAHILL(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||3-2||W||-135||9 un||U||8||5||1||6||10||1|
|4/29/2013||KENNEDY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||4-6||L||-115||8.5 un||O||7||7||0||10||8||0|
|4/30/2013||CAHILL(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||1-2||L||+105||8 ov||U||4||4||0||6||4||0|
|5/1/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||6-9||L||-110||9 un||O||15||8||0||10||6||1|
|5/3/2013||MILEY(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||6-7||L||-115||7.5 un||O||7||5||0||14||9||0|
|5/4/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||8-1||W||-120||7.5 un||O||10||8||0||6||9||2|
|5/5/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||1-5||L||-115||7.5 un||U||4||6||0||5||4||0|
|5/6/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||9-2||W||100||7 un||O||15||8||1||7||6||1|
|5/7/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)|| |
|5/8/2013||MILEY(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|5/14/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|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)||3-4||L||105||7 un||P||8||9||0||9||6||0|
|5/14/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|ARIZONA: HITTING: Arizona's offense placed ninth in the majors in runs (4.5 per game), homers (172) and OPS (.736), thanks in big part to its young outfield trio. OF JUSTIN UPTON, 24, had a career year and led his team with a .289 BA, 31 HR, 88 RBI, 105 runs and a .369 OBP. OF GERARDO PARRA may have won a Gold Glove, but OF JASON KUBEL is the new leftfielder. Kubel's power numbers will improve in the desert. OF CHRIS YOUNG's .236 BA was poor, but his .331 OBP allowed him to score 89 times and swipe a team-high 22 SB. 1B PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, 24, belted 30 homers in 103 Double-A games and continued his power in the majors with eight bombs in 156 at-bats. 3B RYAN ROBERTS (19 HR, 86 runs) and C MIGUEL MONTERO (18 HR, 86 RBI) also had career-best seasons. 2B AARON HILL was a great midseason acquisition from Toronto, tallying an .878 OPS in 33 games with Arizona. SS STEPHEN DREW batted only .252 with 5 HR in half a season before fracturing his ankle. He'll probably return in early May, and speedy WILLIE BLOOMQUIST will replace him in the starting lineup. |
STARTING PITCHING: D-backs starters won 71 games, sixth-most in baseball. IAN KENNEDY won 21 of those contests and led the team with a 2.88 ERA and 198 strikeouts. He also held batters to a .210 BA at hitter-friendly Chase Field. DANIEL HUDSON was strong in all facets as well, notching 16 wins, 169 K and a 3.49 ERA. He pitches like a seasoned veteran, but he's only 25. Newcomer TREVOR CAHILL was 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA in his first 10 starts before finishing 6-13 with a 5.25 ERA. Don't expect a huge comeback going from a pitcher's park to a hitter's park. The Diamondbacks brought back innings eater JOE SAUNDERS, which closed the door for stud prospect WADE MILEY to begin 2012 in Arizona's starting rotation. Once the first-round draft pick from 2008 cuts down on his walks, everything else should fall into place, and he should be pitching for the big club come September. JOSH COLLMENTER burst on the scene with his crazy delivery and was unhittable in his first six starts (1.05 ERA, 0.76 WHIP). He predictably tailed off, but still led the rotation with a 1.07 WHIP, walking just 28 batters in 154.1 innings.
RELIEF PITCHING: Arizona led the majors with 58 saves, as J.J. PUTZ tallied 45 of those. He didn't allow a run in his final 18 appearances, finishing with a 2.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 9.5 K per 9 IP. He was unhittable on the road, giving up just one run on nine hits in 24.1 innings (.113 opp. BA). Putz does have a history of being injured, and if he gets hurt again, DAVID HERNANDEZ proved a worthy replacement, saving 11 games last year and posting a strong 10.0 K per 9 IP rate. He held opponents to a meager .193 BA. BRAD ZIEGLER was even better after Arizona acquired him at the deadline. In 23 appearances with the D-backs, the side-arming Ziegler notched a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.
|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).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (ARIZONA-LA DODGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Diamondbacks-Dodgers Preview* ==============================
By NICOLINO DI BENEDETTO STATS Writer
Arizona (17-15) at Los Angeles (13-18), 10:10 p.m. EDT
It's still early, but the injury-riddled Los Angeles Dodgers are sitting at the bottom of the NL West as one of the biggest disappointments in baseball.
Pitching may be the biggest culprit of late, but Josh Beckett hasn't been of much help all season.
Beckett looks to halt his worst start to a season and snap the Dodgers' latest slide as they face the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
Despite having the highest payroll in baseball at nearly $221 million, Los Angeles (13-18) is a season-worst five games under .500 after losing five straight - one shy of its season high April 14-20.
Injuries are partly to blame. The Dodgers' disabled list includes shortstop Hanley Ramirez, second baseman Mark Ellis and starters Zack Greinke, Ted Lilly, Stephen Fife and Chad Billingsley, who is out for the season following elbow surgery.
The injuries to the rotation may be taking a toll since the starters have a 7.66 ERA over the last five games. Chris Capuano turned in the latest dismal effort, surrendering six runs in four innings of Monday's 9-2 loss in the opener of this three-game series with Arizona (17-15).
The Dodgers hope Beckett (0-4, 5.24 ERA) can end the current losing streak, but he's winless through his first six starts for the first time in his 13-year career.
Beckett has been particularly bad over his past three outings, posting a 7.80 ERA while allowing 20 hits and eight walks in 15 innings. He surrendered five runs in a season-low four innings of a 7-3 loss to Colorado on Wednesday.
"I've just got to get back to work, figure something out," said Beckett, among the Dodgers' highest-paid players at $17 million this year. "That's what this business is all about. I can't just go out and keep pitching like (this)."
His best performance of the season came at Arizona on April 14, but he allowed a walkoff RBI single to Paul Goldschmidt with one out in the ninth inning to lose 1-0.
Goldschmidt had four hits Monday with a homer and three RBIs. The first baseman is 8 for 16 in four meetings with the Dodgers this season, and he's batted .391 with three homers and nine RBIs in 12 career games at Chavez Ravine.
Like Beckett, Brandon McCarthy (0-3, 7.22) is enduring his worst start to a season through six outings. His ERA and .351 opponents' batting average are among the worst in baseball.
The right-hander seemed headed for his first win in a Diamondbacks uniform Wednesday, but the bullpen surrendered five runs in the final two innings of Wednesday's 9-6 loss to San Francisco. McCarthy gave up four runs and eight hits - two homers - before leaving after the sixth inning with a two-run lead.
"Overall, it was encouraging but there are little things I can do to smooth out the rough edges," McCarthy told the team's official website. "The stuff is there, it's just making sure you put together the whole game plan."
McCarthy won his only career start against Los Angeles on June 19, yielding two hits in seven innings of a 3-0 win with Oakland.
Dodgers slugger Adrian Gonzalez (sore neck) was in the starting lineup Monday for the first time in four games and had two hits. He's 8 for 15 versus Arizona this season.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 10:40:54 PM EST|