|MIAMI ( FERNANDEZ )|
LA DODGERS ( MAGILL )
|961||MIAMI||+135||Ov 7,+110||+130||Ov 7,+105|
|962||LA DODGERS||-145||Un 7,-130||-140||Un 7,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-15||-3.4||9-12||3.6||0.239||0.293||4.1||0.247||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.3||2-5||2.9||0.206||0.264||3.4||0.197||0.269|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-13||-8.6||14-6||3.6||0.240||0.315||5.1||0.282||0.341|
|Past 7 Games||0-7||-8.8||4-2||3.3||0.269||0.335||5.7||0.295||0.365|
|4/26/2013||LEBLANC(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||2-4||L||-110||7.5 un||U||9||7||0||10||6||0|
|4/27/2013||SANABIA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||2-3||L||+105||7.5 un||U||5||5||1||8||6||0|
|4/28/2013||NOLASCO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||6-4||W||+105||7 ov||O||7||3||0||7||5||0|
|4/29/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||4-3||W||+130||7 un||P||16||14||1||11||14||0|
|4/30/2013||SLOWEY(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)||2-1||W||+110||8 un||U||5||4||0||4||2||0|
|5/1/2013||LEBLANC(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)||6-7||L||+120||8 un||O||13||7||1||13||9||2|
|5/2/2013||SANABIA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||2-7||L||225||7.5 un||O||7||6||1||8||5||0|
|5/3/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)||1-4||L||160||7.5 ov||U||6||8||1||8||4||0|
|5/4/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||2-0||W||195||7.5 un||U||4||4||0||1||3||0|
|5/5/2013||SLOWEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)||14-2||W||175||7 un||O||13||9||2||4||4||1|
|5/6/2013||LEBLANC(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||0-5||L||180||7 un||U||5||6||2||5||6||0|
|5/7/2013||SANABIA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||1-5||L||165||7.5 un||U||7||6||2||10||4||1|
|5/8/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||0-1||L||145||7 ov||U||5||4||0||4||5||0|
|5/10/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ LA DODGERS||MAGILL(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||SLOWEY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|5/12/2013||LEBLANC(L)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|5/16/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|5/17/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|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|
|5/17/2013|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|MIAMI: HITTING: Ozzie Guillen takes over as manager for the newly named Miami Marlins, who will open their new retractable-roof Marlins Ballpark in 2012. Indoor games could generate more offense, but the fences are pretty deep (340' to left, 384' to 392' power alleys, 416' center and 335' right). New SS JOSE REYES led the NL with a .337 average and posted a career-best .384 OBP. Malcontent HANLEY RAMIREZ will reluctantly move to 3B, but hopefully he will play harder under Guillen than he has under the previous two skippers. OF GIANCARLO STANTON hit 34 HR last year and will drive in 100 if Ramirez stays healthy. OF LOGAN MORRISON cranked 23 bombs, but his batting average dipped to .247 with this new-found power. 1B GABY SANCHEZ fizzled after August 1 (.211 BA), but still had 19 HR and 78 RBI. OF EMILIO BONIFACIO swiped 40 bases and led the team with a .296 average, but he'll move down the order because of Reyes. C JOHN BUCK and 2B OMAR INFANTE's jobs are secure, but 22-year-old prospect MATT DOMINGUEZ might start 2012 in Triple-A instead of sitting and watching Ramirez and Sanchez at the corner infield spots. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOSH JOHNSON is dominant when healthy, but he's made only 88 starts over the past five seasons. His shoulder feels great after surgery last year, and he expects to take the mound on Opening Day. MARK BUEHRLE followed his former manager and signed a 4-year, $58M deal with Miami. The 33-year-old lefty was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA last year, his 11th straight season of 200+ IP and 10+ wins. RICKY NOLASCO once again had 10 wins and a strong K-to-BB ratio (3.4), but also sported an 8.18 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in his final eight starts. ANIBAL SANCHEZ posted a second straight productive season, fanning 202 batters in 196.1 innings. He did give up twice as many HR (20) as he did in 2010 though. CARLOS ZAMBRANO will begin 2012 in the rotation, but where he ends up is anybody's guess. If Guillen can motivate him, Zambrano has plenty of innings left in his 30-year-old arm.
RELIEF PITCHING: The signing of HEATH BELL to a three-year deal gives the Marlins a reliable long-term closer for the first time since Robb Nen in the mid-'90s. Bell's numbers could suffer a bit with the move to a smaller ballpark and an alarming drop in strikeout rate (11.1 in 2010 to 7.3 in 2011), but he still throws 94 mph. STEVE CISHEK will be the main set-up man for Bell and could see a handful of saves, converting all three opportunities last year and fanning 55 batters in 54.2 innings. MIKE DUNN is the lefty set-up man in this bullpen. He has great stuff (100 K in 86 career innings), but remains extremely wild (53 walks in those 86 IP).
|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 (MIAMI-LA DODGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Marlins-Dodgers Preview* =========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Miami (10-25) at Los Angeles (13-20), 10:10 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Dodgers entered the season with lofty expectations thanks to a high-priced and star-laden roster. The injury-plagued club, however, is last in the NL West and on the verge of its longest losing streak in nearly five years.
Los Angeles will try to avoid that dubious achievement when it faces another cellar dweller, the more frugal Miami Marlins, in Friday night's opener at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers joined the New York Yankees this offseason as the second team in major league history to top $200 million in payroll but so far they haven't gotten much for their money. Los Angeles is seven games below .500 for the first time since Aug. 29, 2011, after getting swept at home by Arizona earlier this week.
The Dodgers (13-20) fell to 0-7 this month by blowing a two-run lead in Wednesday's series finale, a 3-2 defeat. Los Angeles has a 5.43 ERA during its skid and has plated three runs or fewer six times.
"When we pitch good, we don't hit. When we hit, we don't pitch good," outfielder Matt Kemp said. "It's not the manager's fault. He doesn't go up there and swing the bat for us, pitch for us, steal bases, or do the base running."
The absence of former Marlins star Hanley Ramirez hasn't helped, and Adrian Gonzalez is day-to-day after leaving Wednesday's game with a strained neck muscle. Infielders Mark Ellis and Jerry Hairston Jr., and pitchers Zack Greinke, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly, Scott Elbert and Stephen Fife all join Ramirez on the disabled list.
Gonzalez, who is batting .343 with a team-best 23 RBIs, thought he would play in the series opener.
"I'll be all right," he told the team's website. "I'll be ready to go Friday."
If Gonzalez can play, he'll try to help the Dodgers avoid their first eight-game losing streak since Aug. 22-29, 2008. They're also trying to avoid matching their longest home skid from last season, a five-gamer from May 28-June 11.
Rookie right-hander Matt Magill (0-0, 7.88 ERA) will try to do his part by rebounding from a miserable outing.
Magill gave up two runs over 6 2-3 innings against Milwaukee in his major league debut April 27, but didn't make it out of the second inning Saturday in San Francisco. He was charged with five runs, six hits and four walks in a 10-9 loss.
Magill will next face a Miami team that has the NL's worst record and has tied the second-worst start in franchise history. The Marlins (10-25) arrive in Los Angeles after being outscored 11-1 during a three-game sweep in San Diego.
Miami, which reduced its payroll from $90 to around $45 million before the season, totaled 17 hits at Petco Park and owns one of the worst batting averages in the majors at .225.
"It's disappointing because believe me, everyone in that (locker room) is trying to get hits and score runs. Right now we are in a funk, but that can change quick," manager Mike Redmond said.
Jose Fernandez (1-2, 3.48) didn't need too much help from his teammates while earning his first major league win Saturday. The rookie right-hander allowed one hit over seven innings and struck out a career-high nine in a 2-0 victory over Philadelphia. He has received 10 total runs of support in his six starts.
Los Angeles has won seven of 10 over the Marlins and four of six at home.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 11:31:50 AM EST|