|LA DODGERS ( KERSHAW )|
MILWAUKEE ( GALLARDO )
|955||LA DODGERS||-140||Ov 7,-105||-130||Ov 7.5,-110|
|956||MILWAUKEE||+130||Un 7,-115||+120||Un 7.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-16||-9||17-8||3.6||0.245||0.316||4.6||0.266||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||2-4||2.9||0.222||0.273||3.7||0.236||0.302|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-13||-10||8-8||3.4||0.263||0.311||5.2||0.278||0.348|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.4||2-4||3.4||0.251||0.293||4.3||0.260||0.322|
|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)||2-5||L||187||8 ev||U||3||4||3||7||10||0|
|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||KERSHAW(L)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|5/27/2013|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|5/10/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||3-4||L||140||7.5 ev||U||8||8||0||8||13||0|
|5/11/2013||BURGOS(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||7-13||L||180||8 un||O||11||8||1||14||8||1|
|5/12/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||1-5||L||145||8.5 un||U||7||7||2||6||4||0|
|5/13/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||5-1||W||140||7 un||U||9||6||0||4||4||3|
|5/14/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||3-4||L||-125||7.5 ev||U||11||9||0||10||11||0|
|5/15/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)||1-3||L||-105||8 ov||U||6||5||1||4||6||0|
|5/16/2013||BURGOS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||1-7||L||135||8 ov||P||6||8||1||13||9||1|
|5/17/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||6-7||L||155||8.5 un||O||8||2||2||13||7||0|
|5/18/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||6-4||W||150||8 un||O||13||9||0||10||11||0|
|5/19/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GAST(L)||2-4||L||105||9 un||U||10||8||0||9||5||0|
|5/20/2013||GALLARDO(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|5/21/2013||BURGOS(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||PERALTA(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|5/27/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|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).
|MILWAUKEE: HITTING: It helped when the Brew Crew had Prince Fielder in the fold, but there's still lots of firepower here now that he's moved on. 2B RICKIE WEEKS starts it off, with some of the game's best bat speed. OF NYJER MORGAN doesn't hit the ball hard, but when it drops in he's off to the races. OF RYAN BRAUN has put up Hall of Fame numbers since day one. Now the big question is whether he doped to do it. OF COREY HART has improved his batting eye and is no longer an on-base liability. He's also one of the few Brewers hitters who plays even average defense. 3B ARAMIS RAMIREZ is on the down side of his career, but remains productive. Backup TAYLOR GREEN should see decent time behind him though. IF MAT GAMEL is slated to start at first; nobody knows if he'll be any good. He sure as heck won't be Prince Fielder. C JONATHAN LUCROY was effective in a middle-of-the-road kind of way. Fourth OF CARLOS GOMEZ still can't hit. SS ALEX GONZALEZ will play every day and has decent pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Brewers' front three is among the most formidable in baseball. YOVANI GALLARDO has improved his peripherals every year as a starter. High pitch counts used to chase him early in games, but not anymore. One day he'll win a Cy Young. ZACK GREINKE was a product of bad defense, bad luck, and an unusually high home run rate. In the second half, he was a beast. SHAUN MARCUM pulled a reverse Greinke, starting brilliantly then fading down the stretch. Not too surprising, given the durability issues that have followed Marcum throughout his career. Most teams would still kill to have him as their No. 3 starter. People laughed when the Crew signed RANDY WOLF for three years and $30 million, but he's been a highly dependable innings-eater in both seasons as a Brewer. The same holds for CHRIS NARVESON. He's the very definition of a back-end guy, but as fifth starters go, he's pretty good.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOHN AXFORD and his Long John Silver's facial hair are proof positive that you don't need to spend a fortune on a closer. Axford was an undrafted retread when Milwaukee signed him. The list of 'proven closers' with fat contracts that Axford has outpitched each of the past two years is a deep one. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ ruined the Brewers' offseason plans by accepting arbitration. He's a decent bet for some cheap saves, and still brings it with that crazy body-flinging delivery. But the team may still deal him at some point this season. KAMERON LOE has made a reasonably smooth transition to full-time reliever.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-MILWAUKEE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Brewers Preview* =========================
By SANTOSH VENKATARAMAN STATS Senior Writer
Los Angeles (17-24) at Milwaukee (17-24), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Clayton Kershaw is tied for the majors' lowest ERA, but unfortunately also owns baseball's worst run support average.
Fortunately for him, the Milwaukee Brewers have been awful against left-handers as they face Kershaw in Monday night's opener of a three-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers out to snap a six-game road slide.
Kershaw (4-2, 1.40 ERA) is tied with St. Louis rookie Shelby Miller for the lowest ERA in baseball, but his 2.10 run-support average has forced him to be at his best every time out.
A total of 12 runs have been scored by both teams over his last four starts, and Kershaw came within one out of his second shutout as he struck out 11 in Tuesday's 2-0 victory over Washington.
Kershaw's 2.70 career ERA tops all starters since 1920 with a minimum of 1,000 innings.
"I haven't been playing very long," he told the Dodgers' official website. "I've got a lot of time to screw it up."
He's yielded one run over 14 innings in winning his two previous outings at Miller Park, where he'll face a Brewers team that is 4-13 against left-handers. Kershaw struck out 12 over eight innings April 28 in a 2-0 home win over Milwaukee (17-25).
Kershaw seeks his first road win in six starts as he faces Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo (3-3, 4.50), who is 1-3 in six career starts against the Dodgers (17-25) with a 6.21 ERA - his second highest against an NL opponent.
The Milwaukee right-hander is 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA over his last three outings, losing his second straight Wednesday after giving up two runs over six innings in a 3-1 loss at Pittsburgh.
These teams are among baseball's worst in May. Los Angeles is 4-12 and Milwaukee is 3-14, with only Houston and Miami (both 4-13) between them.
The Brewers capped a 2-8 trip with Sunday's 4-2 defeat to St. Louis.
"Certainly, it seems like we've been on the road for a month," star left fielder Ryan Braun said. "It wasn't very much fun. We didn't do many things well."
Braun is hitting .375 against left-handers, but has had less success versus Kershaw (5 for 19). Carlos Gomez is 4 for 7 against the left-hander and Rickie Weeks - hitting .170 in 2013 - is 4 for 9.
The Dodgers welcomed back Mark Ellis in Sunday's 5-2 defeat at Atlanta. He went 0 for 4 after missing 19 games with a right quadriceps strain.
Matt Kemp was 1 for 13 in the weekend series, with his slugging percentage dropping to a career-low .340.
Carl Crawford homered three times as Los Angeles took two of three at home from Milwaukee from April 26-28. Braun was limited to two hits in 12 at-bats in that series.
NL batting leader Jean Segura is hitting .465 over the last 10 games for the Brewers, who are 5-0 on Mondays.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 10:57:16 PM EST|