|LA DODGERS ( MAGILL )|
ATLANTA ( MINOR )
|905||LA DODGERS||+185||Ov 8,-110||+187||Ov 8,-110|
|906||ATLANTA||-200||Un 8,-110||-205||Un 8,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-8||-4.6||6-7||3.1||0.281||0.344||3.6||0.222||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||3-3||3.6||0.269||0.322||3.1||0.226||0.285|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-13||-2.1||15-10||4.0||0.236||0.303||3.7||0.254||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||3-3||3.7||0.234||0.308||4.1||0.281||0.344|
|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)||5-8||L||115||7 ov||O||10||7||2||9||9||1|
|5/18/2013||CAPUANO(L)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||1-3||L||150||7.5 ov||U||2||4||0||7||3||1|
|5/19/2013||MAGILL(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|5/20/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||BURGOS(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||RYU(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||CAPUANO(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|5/25/2013||MAGILL(R)||ST LOUIS||GAST(L)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|5/5/2013||HUDSON(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||9-4||W||-160||7.5 un||O||12||9||0||6||6||0|
|5/6/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||7-4||W||-110||7.5 un||O||11||8||1||9||8||1|
|5/7/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||4-5||L||100||7.5 un||O||5||5||0||9||6||0|
|5/8/2013||MINOR(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||7-2||W||120||8 un||O||11||6||0||7||7||0|
|5/9/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||6-3||W||115||7.5 un||O||11||10||0||8||5||1|
|5/10/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||2-8||L||110||6.5 ev||O||3||3||0||11||4||0|
|5/11/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||1-10||L||130||7 ov||O||7||9||0||14||7||0|
|5/12/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||1-5||L||105||7.5 un||U||4||8||2||10||12||1|
|5/13/2013||MINOR(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||10-1||W||-110||8.5 ov||O||13||7||0||10||8||1|
|5/14/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||0-2||L||125||9 ov||U||4||7||0||8||6||1|
|5/15/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)||3-5||L||-115||8 ev||P||11||12||0||10||6||2|
|5/17/2013||MAHOLM(L)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||8-5||W||-125||7 ov||O||9||9||1||10||7||2|
|5/18/2013||MEDLEN(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||3-1||W||-160||7.5 ov||U||7||3||1||2||4||0|
|5/19/2013||MINOR(L)||LA DODGERS||MAGILL(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|5/25/2013||MINOR(L)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|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).
|ATLANTA: HITTING: The Braves were 27th in the majors in steals last year, but that number should rise with a full season of speedster OF MICHAEL BOURN, who was acquired from Houston last July. OFs MARTIN PRADO and JASON HEYWARD comprise the corner outfield spots, and are both are looking to bounce back after disappointing, injury-riddled 2011 campaigns. 2B DAN UGGLA smacked a career-best 36 HR in his first year with Atlanta, his fifth straight 30-homer season. Steady veterans C BRIAN McCANN and 3B CHIPPER JONES comprise a solid middle of the lineup. McCann has four straight 20-HR, 70-RBI seasons, while Jones, who turns 40 in April, has a career .402 on-base percentage. 1B FREDDIE FREEMAN was the N.L.'s best offensive rookie last year, batting .282 with 21 HR and 76 RBI. The starting shortstop will be one of two highly-touted, 22-year-old prospects, TYLER PASTORNICKY or ANDRELTON SIMMONS. |
STARTING PITCHING: Even with significant injuries to three starters, the Braves rotation still ranked ninth in the majors in ERA (3.73), thanks to TIM HUDSON posting a 3.22 ERA in 215 innings. The right-hander was lights-out at Turner Field again, going 10-4 with a 2.31 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. But he'll be out at least a month because of back problems. JAIR JURRJENS was outstanding through the end of July (12-3, 2.38 ERA), but a knee strain bothered him in August and shut him down for September. Although many teams inquired about Jurrjens in the offseason, it doesn't look like the Braves want to deal him just yet. TOMMY HANSON is another young star (25) that had to be shut down in early August due to a partially torn rotator cuff. His ERA was a career-worst 3.60, but he notched a career-best 9.8 K/9 rate. BRANDON BEACHY, also 25, posted a whopping 10.7 K/9 ratio with a respectable ERA (3.68) and WHIP (1.21). Atlanta is loaded with young pitchers, but expect MIKE MINOR (5-3, 4.14 ERA) and RANDALL DELGADO to start in the majors, with JULIO TEHERAN, who has the most upside of the trio, to begin 2012 in Triple-A.
RELIEF PITCHING: CRAIG KIMBREL exceeded all expectations last year, establishing himself as one of the best closers in the game. He struck out an eye-popping 14.8 batters per nine (127 K in 77 IP), and converted 46-of-54 (85%) save chances. Even though Kimbrel's job as a closer is probably locked down for the next decade, the Braves have two other great relievers, both lefties. JONNY VENTERS posted a 1.84 WHIP and .176 opponents' BA in 88 innings, and is next in line for saves (five in 2011) should Kimbrel suffer an injury. Fellow southpaw ERIC O'FLAHERTY had a 0.98 ERA (8 ER in 73.2 IP) and 32 holds, just three fewer than Venters.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Braves Preview* ========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Los Angeles (17-23) at Atlanta (23-18), 1:35 p.m. EDT
A pair of home run-induced comebacks have the Atlanta Braves on the brink of their first series sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers in over five years.
They may be hoping that giving the ball to Mike Minor could make things a bit easier on themselves.
Minor looks to continue a dazzling stretch that dates to last season as he attempts to lead the Braves to a third straight win over the Dodgers on Sunday.
Atlanta (24-18) is among the best power-hitting teams in baseball with 55 homers, and the long ball has fueled the team's recent success.
Justin Upton's sixth-inning go-ahead grand slam helped the Braves win the series opener 8-5 on Friday, and back-to-back homers from rookies Evan Gattis and Andrelton Simmons in the eighth inning Saturday accounted for the offense in a 3-1 victory.
Gattis' two-run, pinch-hit shot was his eighth homer, and he ranks third in the majors with six game-winning RBIs.
"He likes these moments, it seems like," manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Gattis, a backup catcher, first baseman and outfielder. "It's almost better that you can put him in anywhere you want, but sooner or later we've got to get him three or four at-bats."
Thanks to the homers, Atlanta is in position to sweep its first series from Los Angeles since winning all three games at home from April 18-20, 2008.
Minor (5-2, 2.75 ERA) has been the Braves' best starter since September, going 9-2 with a 2.05 ERA while limiting opponents to .186 at the plate. He's 4-1 with a 1.36 ERA in six home starts over that stretch. The left-hander has yielded two runs in 13 2-3 innings while winning his last two starts.
Minor has a 2.37 ERA in three starts versus the Dodgers, but owns an 0-1 record since he's been backed by four total runs. He was the hard-luck loser in a 5-0 home defeat Aug. 19, allowing one run in seven innings.
That may change since Chris Johnson is 13 for 28 with three doubles, one triple, two homers and eight RBIs over his last eight meetings with Los Angeles. The third baseman had three hits Saturday and is 8 for 14 over the past four games to increase his season average 32 points to .339.
The Dodgers have lost five games in a row on the road for the first time since a six-game slide from Aug. 28-Sept. 9, 2010.
Their bullpen continues to be a problem, compiling a 6.75 ERA over the last five games as the visitors and losing four of those games. That includes the first two games of this series, as five relievers have surrendered eight runs in 3 2-3 innings.
Matt Magill (0-0, 6.92) may be hoping to spell the bullpen as he tries to make a case for a regular spot in the rotation since Ted Lilly (strained rib cage) is close to being activated from the disabled list.
"We'll see what happens," manager Don Mattingly told the team's official website. "We'll see how Magill looks."
Magill hasn't looked good in his last two outings, yielding eight runs with eight walks in 6 1-3 innings.
Matt Kemp is a .174 hitter in Atlanta and mired in an 0-for-21 slump over the past five visits. He had a .328 average during a 14-game hitting streak before going 0 for 9 in this series.
Kemp is 1 for 8 versus Minor.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 2:34:08 AM EST|