|LA DODGERS ( KERSHAW )|
PITTSBURGH ( CUMPTON )
|955||LA DODGERS||-150||Ov 7,-105||-160||Ov 7,-105|
|956||PITTSBURGH||+140||Un 7,-115||+150||Un 7,-115|
|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||2-5||-3.8||4-3||2.7||0.244||0.299||4.3||0.268||0.339|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-7||-0.6||7-7||3.8||0.235||0.287||3.6||0.241||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||4-3||4.6||0.275||0.328||3.7||0.261||0.322|
|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||LOCKE(L)||0-3||L||150||8 un||U||6||5||0||8||7||0|
|6/15/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||CUMPTON(R)|| |
|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||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|6/21/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||@ 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||LOCKE(L)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||3-0||W||-160||8 un||U||8||7||0||6||5||0|
|6/15/2013||CUMPTON(R)||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||COLE(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||@ 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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Los Angeles (28-37) at Pittsburgh (39-27), 4:05 p.m. EDT
As good as Clayton Kershaw was in his last outing, he has now gone nearly a month without winning and still doesn't feel real comfortable.
The Los Angeles Dodgers ace hopes to avoid his longest winless drought in 3 1/2 years and continue his recent domination of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday at PNC Park.
Kershaw (5-4, 1.88 ERA) is 0-2 with a 3.33 ERA in four starts since throwing a three-hitter to beat Milwaukee 3-1 on May 20. He hasn't endured a longer stretch without winning since going 0-3 in his final 11 starts of the 2009 season.
The former Cy Young Award winner was in line for a victory Monday after allowing one run and six hits over seven innings, but then-closer Brandon League yielded four runs in the ninth of a 5-4 loss to Arizona.
Though Kershaw's line was solid, he again didn't seem to be at his best.
"It was a battle out there," he said. "I didn't have great fastball command. I was 1-0, 2-0 basically the whole night. ... I'm glad I made it through seven."
Manager Don Mattingly pulled Kershaw after 99 pitches, his fewest since April 6.
"When he's really feeling good, he's kind of giving you that `I got it. I got it. I got it,'" said Mattingly, who returns after a one-game suspension for his role in Wednesday's two bench-clearing incidents with Arizona.
"He's just aggressive about it, and as soon as you start walking toward him, he's letting you know (he wants to continue). But (Monday) it wasn't like that."
Kershaw's teammates haven't offered much support, averaging 3.0 runs in his last eight starts as he's gone 2-2 with a 1.99 ERA.
The left-hander hasn't needed much help when facing the Pirates over the past three years, going 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in three starts with one walk and 24 strikeouts. Kershaw defeated the Pirates on April 6, allowing two hits and striking out nine in seven innings of a 1-0 win.
Starling Marte had both hits off Kershaw, but he's missed the last two games with a rib injury and it's unclear if he will play this weekend.
Pittsburgh (40-27) did fine without him Friday, beating Los Angeles (28-38) for the first time in four tries this season with a 3-0 victory. Andrew McCutchen had a two-run double and is 11 for 22 with five RBIs in the last six games for the Pirates, who have won five of seven.
With A.J. Burnett recently going on the disabled list, the Pirates will give Brandon Cumpton his major league debut. The 24-year-old right-hander began the season at Double-A Altoona, then was 4-4 with a 3.31 ERA in 11 appearances - 10 starts - for Triple-A Indianapolis.
"(Cumpton is) a three-pitch guy, a strike-thrower to both sides of the plate. He's a competitor," manager Clint Hurdle told the Pirates' official website.
It remains to be seen if Cumpton is the long-term replacement for Burnett, out indefinitely with a torn right calf.
"No need to get ahead of ourselves," Hurdle said. "We'll give him the ball and see where he can take it. We'll take it one start at a time."
Fellow rookie Yasiel Puig had two of the Dodgers' six hits Friday during their fifth loss in six games. The standout outfielder is batting .487 with four homers and 10 RBIs in 11 games since making his big league debut June 3, but Puig has only one extra-base hit in his last six contests.
Los Angeles has dropped 12 of 15 on the road.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 5:36:29 PM EST|