|LA DODGERS ( GREINKE )|
MILWAUKEE ( BURGOS )
|907||LA DODGERS||-135||Ov 8,+100||-130||Ov 8.5,-115|
|908||MILWAUKEE||+125||Un 8,-120||+120||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-16||-8||17-9||3.5||0.245||0.314||4.5||0.261||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||2-5||2.6||0.205||0.247||3.4||0.219||0.288|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-12||+0.9||17-8||4.8||0.260||0.316||4.7||0.266||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.8||2-4||2.9||0.232||0.279||4.6||0.272||0.332|
|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)||3-1||W||-115||7.5 ov||U||8||5||1||3||4||0|
|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||GREINKE(R)||LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|5/28/2013|| ||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)||1-3||L||+105||7.5 ov||U||3||4||0||8||5||1|
|5/21/2013||BURGOS(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||PERALTA(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|5/28/2013|| ||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 JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Los Angeles (17-25) at Milwaukee (17-25), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Though Don Mattingly's days as the Los Angeles Dodgers' manager have been rumored to be numbered, Zack Greinke is just starting to get settled in after recently returning from a month-long absence.
Greinke makes just his fourth start Tuesday night and first at Miller Park since being traded from the Milwaukee Brewers last season.
The Dodgers have made large investments over the last year, adding high-priced players Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford through trades before signing Greinke to a six-year, $147 million in the offseason.
Los Angeles (18-25), though, is in last place in the NL West, and Mattingly has taken the brunt of the blame. He addressed rumors of his impending firing before Monday's series opener, saying he'll continue to do his job unless told otherwise by team president Stan Kasten and general manager Ned Colletti.
"As far as any kind of rumors or whatever they are, I talked to Stan the other day. He didn't fire me that day," Mattingly said. "I'm still here. Ned didn't tell me I wasn't going to be here tomorrow or today. That's the way I look at it."
He got a boost Monday when Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier homered, and Clayton Kershaw pitched a three-hitter as the Dodgers beat the Brewers 3-1 to snap a three-game skid.
"It feels good but we still need to score more runs," Ethier said after Los Angeles scored fewer than four runs for the sixth time in seven games.
Injuries have contributed to the team's disappointing start as well. Ramirez has played only four games due to a hamstring injury, and Greinke missed more than a month after breaking his collarbone in a fight with San Diego's Carlos Quentin on April 11.
Greinke (2-0, 1.62 ERA) made his first start since that incident Wednesday, allowing one run in 5 1-3 innings of a 3-1 win over Washington.
"The collarbone feels pretty good," Greinke told the team's official website. "It's not 100 percent, but it doesn't restrict me at all when I'm pitching."
Greinke threw only 83 pitches in his last outing, though.
"My stamina needs to grow a little bit, but that could be next start," Greinke said. "It needs to be a little bit stronger throughout the game. I was feeling pretty drained after five."
The right-hander went 25-9 with a 3.67 ERA with Milwaukee from 2011 through July 28, 2012, when he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels. Greinke has never started against his former team, though Yuniesky Betancourt (0 for 10) and Aramis Ramirez (0 for 9, 4 Ks) are hitless against him.
Ryan Braun went 2 for 4 and Betancourt singled for the team's only hits Monday as Milwaukee dropped to 3-15 in May. NL batting leader Jean Segura, acquired from the Angels in the Greinke trade, went 0 for 4 to drop his average to .355 after going 8 for 16 over his previous four.
He has gone hitless in back-to-back games just once this season.
The Brewers (17-26) have lost seven of eight at home and will look to get back on track with help from Hiram Burgos.
Burgos (1-2, 6.58) began his rookie season 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA over his first three starts, but he gave up 12 runs in just three innings of a 13-7 loss to Cincinnati on May 11 before allowing three runs in five innings of Thursday's 7-1 loss to Pittsburgh.
The right-hander faced the Dodgers on April 26, allowing three runs and four hits - including a solo homer to Carl Crawford - in six innings before leaving without a decision in Milwaukee's 7-5 loss.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 5:12:10 PM EST|