|MIAMI ( KOEHLER )|
LA DODGERS ( CAPUANO )
|961||MIAMI||+150||Ov 7.5,-130||+150||Ov 7.5,-125|
|962||LA DODGERS||-160||Un 7.5,+110||-160||Un 7.5,+105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-11||-7.7||4-9||1.3||0.192||0.254||4.6||0.271||0.343|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+1||3-4||3.3||0.203||0.272||3.4||0.226||0.293|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-14||-9||16-6||3.7||0.250||0.324||4.9||0.274||0.336|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-6.4||5-1||4.3||0.290||0.348||5.3||0.279||0.350|
|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)||5-4||W||130||7 un||O||6||4||0||10||7||0|
|5/11/2013||SLOWEY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||1-7||L||185||7 un||O||5||6||0||14||9||1|
|5/12/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||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||RYU(L)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)|| |
|5/18/2013||CAPUANO(L)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||@ 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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Miami (11-26) at Los Angeles (14-21), 4:10 p.m. EDT
With their longest losing streak in five seasons in the past, the Los Angeles Dodgers finally have something positive to build upon.
Coming off their first victory in May, the Dodgers hope to begin a run in that positive direction Sunday against the visiting Miami Marlins.
Andre Ethier had four hits and Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched 6 2-3 solid innings as Los Angeles (14-21) snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 7-1 home win over Miami on Saturday. The Dodgers scored more than four runs once during their longest slide since August 2008 before breaking out Saturday to snap a five-game home losing streak.
"Every win is important and every win counts," catcher A.J. Ellis said. "And when you're in the midst of a losing streak, you definitely want to break it as soon as you can.
"Hopefully it's something we can build on."
Ethier, who had two doubles, was 4 for 23 (.174) with no extra-base hits in his previous six contests. This was the third time in five meetings versus Miami he's recorded a four-hit game. Ethier is a lifetime .403 hitter against the Marlins.
The Dodgers hope Chris Capuano (0-2, 10.38 ERA) has a better performance Sunday after he allowed six runs with two homers and six other hits in four innings of a 9-2 loss to Arizona on Monday. It was his first action since missing almost a month with a strained left calf.
"The training staff did a great job with my calf, getting it ready to play. So physically I felt great," said Capuano, who turns 35 in August. "Maybe I was pressing a little bit and missing a little bit with some pitches."
In losing both of his starts this season, the left-hander has yielded 11 runs and 13 hits in six innings.
Capuano is 5-5 with a 3.61 ERA in 14 starts against the Marlins (11-26). He gave up two hits and struck out 10 in eight innings of a 5-0 win at Miami on Aug. 12.
The Marlins' only win in the last five games was 5-4 on Friday at Dodger Stadium, and they've totaled two runs in the four defeats. Miguel Olivo homered in the seventh inning and Placido Polanco had two of the five hits Saturday for Miami, which has scored a major league-low 105 runs.
Polanco is 4 for 18 (.222) in the last five games.
Miami's Tom Koehler (0-0, 3.18) will make his first 2013 start and second of his career in place of the struggling Wade LeBlanc in the finale. The right-hander has given up all four of his runs this season over four innings of the last two appearances after throwing 7 1-3 scoreless frames in his first four.
"He's going to get an opportunity to go in and make a start, and we'll see how he does," manager Mike Redmond told the Marlins' official website.
Koehler, who began the season at Triple-A New Orleans, gave up three runs on two homers in five innings of a 4-2 loss to the New York Mets in his other career start Oct. 3.
He has never faced the Dodgers.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 8:46:24 PM EST|