|LA DODGERS ( FIFE )|
PITTSBURGH ( LOCKE )
|901||LA DODGERS||+135||Ov 8,+100||+150||Ov 8,+100|
|902||PITTSBURGH||-145||Un 8,-120||-160||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||17-23||-11.8||23-15||3.6||0.244||0.309||4.3||0.260||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.8||4-3||3.4||0.250||0.305||3.9||0.263||0.335|
|vs Right-handed Starters||32-20||+15.9||24-27||3.8||0.239||0.296||3.5||0.227||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||4-3||4.1||0.248||0.300||4.4||0.265||0.336|
|5/31/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)||7-5||W||-130||8.5 ov||O||12||8||0||10||6||0|
|6/1/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||6-7||L||125||9 ev||O||11||8||2||14||10||1|
|6/2/2013||MAGILL(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||2-7||L||160||9.5 ov||U||6||4||1||6||7||1|
|6/3/2013||FIFE(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||2-1||W||-110||7.5 un||U||7||3||0||8||5||0|
|6/4/2013||LILLY(L)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||9-7||W||-130||7.5 ev||O||10||3||1||13||6||1|
|6/5/2013||KERSHAW(L)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||2-6||L||-225||6.5 ov||O||5||5||1||12||12||0|
|6/14/2013||FIFE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)|| |
|6/15/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|6/16/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||RYU(L)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||CAPUANO(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|6/20/2013||FIFE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)|| |
|6/21/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|6/3/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||2-7||L||115||7 ev||O||9||7||0||10||8||1|
|6/4/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||4-5||L||150||7 ov||O||5||3||1||10||13||1|
|6/5/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||0-5||L||110||7.5 ov||U||1||4||3||7||9||0|
|6/7/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||2-0||W||-115||7 un||U||7||9||1||5||10||0|
|6/8/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||6-2||W||100||7 ov||O||9||3||0||4||4||0|
|6/9/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||1-4||L||-120||9 un||U||6||4||0||6||8||0|
|6/11/2013||COLE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||8-2||W||-125||7.5 un||O||12||8||0||8||8||1|
|6/12/2013||LIRIANO(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||12-8||W||-200||7.5 un||O||18||6||1||15||8||1|
|6/13/2013||MORTON(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||0-10||L||+115||7.5 ov||O||3||4||3||17||11||0|
|6/14/2013||BURNETT(R)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)|| |
|6/15/2013||LOCKE(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|6/16/2013||COLE(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|6/17/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||MORTON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|6/20/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|6/21/2013|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|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).
|PITTSBURGH: HITTING: The Pirates' two-month casual flirtation with competitiveness was cute while it lasted, before this team fizzled to a 72-win season. This team is still years away. But don't blame OF ANDREW McCUTCHEN, who might be the best all-around player in the division. Of all the ballyhooed outfielders from the 2005 draft, he's the one GMs would most want to build around. OF JOSE TABATA, not so much. He's serviceable and has plus speed, but the six-year extension the Pirates gave him was absurd. 2B NEIL WALKER has settled into a respectable place short of stardom. 3B PEDRO ALVAREZ has a lot of uphill climbing to do if he wants to wake up old expectations. He'll compete with 3B CASEY MCGEHEE for a starting role, but it's most likely that Alvarez moves to first base to back up 1B GARRETT JONES. OFs NATE McLOUTH and ALEX PRESLEY are underwhelming choices for the starting left-field spot. SS CLINT BARMES and C ROD BARAJAS would like to thank the Pirates for wildly overpaying them. |
STARTING PITCHING: JEFF KARSTENS looked pretty decent for much of last year. But that's what happens when you get to log 14 percent of your innings against the lowly Astros. Better teams exposed him for the replacement-level guy he is. Contrary to what a lot of bored, lazy sportswriters wanted you to believe last year, CHARLIE MORTON doesn't pitch like Roy Halladay. At all. JAMES McDONALD could still be special if he cut down his walk rate. ERIK BEDARD was a respectable signing. Even if his shoulder acts up, he cost only $4.5 million for a year. If he's healthy, he's still well above-average. KEVIN CORREIA may only be slightly more effective at striking out hitters than a batting tee, but the Pirates are grateful for the innings he eats. BRAD LINCOLN is the designated fill-in if any of the other starters get hurt (cough, Bedard). In the meantime, he's a swing man.
RELIEF PITCHING: Closer JOEL HANRAHAN has been outstanding since first donning a Pirates uniform in 2009, converting 40-of-44 saves with a 1.83 ERA last season. It makes sense for the rebuilding Pirates to move him, but they'll probably keep the hand they were dealt. There isn't another qualified ninth-inning pitcher in this bullpen though. EVAN MEEK was bit by the shoulder bug. His early season was an unqualified disaster, but he turned it around and regained his form once he came back in September. He should be fully healthy again, and a quiet source of a few saves. CHRIS RESOP is another primary set-up man, but he posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 2011. DANIEL McCUTCHEN won't be so lucky with his ERA this year if he doesn't lower his walk rate. He's just not a guy to put much faith in.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Pirates Preview* =========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Los Angeles (28-37) at Pittsburgh (39-27), 7:05 p.m. EDT
There's a chance Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig might be healthy enough to return to the starting lineup for the series opener in Pittsburgh.
The question is whether Major League Baseball will give him the chance.
Puig could be among the players suspended for a brawl earlier this week, but Hanley Ramirez is expected to return Friday night to try to help the Dodgers extend their dominance over the Pirates.
After being scratched from the starting lineup because of a strained right shoulder Wednesday against Arizona, Puig entered in the 12th inning and got a hit in his only at-bat in that 8-6 loss. The outfielder is batting .486 with four homers and 10 RBIs in his first 10 games but it's unknown when he'll get to add to those stats.
Puig was seen punching the back of Diamondbacks infielder Eric Hinske's head in Tuesday night's brawl. He was also among four players hit by pitches before the benches cleared and was among the six who were ejected afterward.
"One thing we've learned from Yasiel is there's no half-speed," manager Don Mattingly said. "It's fast, hard and all the time, so I'm really not surprised."
MLB is expected to hand out punishments from that incident Friday and it's unknown which players will be available for the series with Pittsburgh (39-27). The Dodgers (28-37), losers in four of five, likely can't afford to be too short-handed because the Pirates enter having won 13 of 17 at home.
While Puig's status is unknown, Los Angeles is expected to have Ramirez in the lineup. A nagging left hamstring has limited the shortstop to a pinch-hitting role since June 5.
In his first start in a little more than a week, Ramirez will try to lead the Dodgers to their 19th win in 22 games against the Pirates. Los Angeles swept a home series with Pittsburgh from April 5-7.
Stephen Fife (1-1, 3.78 ERA) will also seek his second career victory in his first outing against the Pirates. The right-hander allowed two runs over a career-high 6 2-3 innings Saturday but was saddled with a 2-1 loss to Atlanta.
Fife has given up two runs or fewer in seven of his eight career starts but has received a combined 14 runs from his teammates.
It would appear that Fife would have a difficult time getting better run support Friday as Pittsburgh will send out Jeff Locke (5-1, 2.39).
The left-hander, moving up to take the injured A.J. Burnett's spot in the rotation, has earned a team-best five straight wins and has a 1.21 ERA in his last five starts. He gave up one run and one hit over 5 2-3 innings Sunday but also walked seven and did not get a decision in a 4-1 defeat to the Chicago Cubs.
Locke is 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in two career starts against the Dodgers, who handed him his only loss in 2013. He opened this season by allowing four runs over six innings in a 6-2 defeat in Los Angeles on April 7, but has since compiled a 2.08 ERA over 12 starts.
Pittsburgh hopes to bounce back from its most lopsided defeat of the season, 10-0 to San Francisco on Thursday. The Pirates managed three hits after producing 20 runs and 30 hits in the first two games of the series.
Andrew McCutchen has doubled in each of his last four games, and is 8 for 15 overall in those contests, but is batting .217 (5 for 23) in his last seven versus the Dodgers.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 6:10:01 PM EST|