|LA DODGERS ( GREINKE )|
PITTSBURGH ( COLE )
|909||LA DODGERS||+110||Ov 7,-115||+110||Ov 7,-115|
|910||PITTSBURGH||-120||Un 7,-105||-120||Un 7,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||18-23||-10.8||24-15||3.7||0.244||0.309||4.3||0.258||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.8||5-2||3.1||0.251||0.304||4.6||0.269||0.351|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-20||+16.9||24-28||3.8||0.240||0.296||3.5||0.226||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||5-2||4.7||0.275||0.335||4.4||0.273||0.326|
|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)||5-3||W||-160||7 ev||O||10||8||1||9||13||1|
|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||GREINKE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|6/23/2013|| ||@ 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)||3-5||L||+150||7 ev||O||9||13||1||10||8||1|
|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||LIRIANO(L)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|6/23/2013|| ||@ 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 (28-38) at Pittsburgh (40-27), 1:35 p.m. EDT
Zack Greinke again found himself in the midst of a bench-clearing brawl in his last outing. This time, he came away unharmed and ready to make his next start for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The right-hander looks for a third consecutive strong outing Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
Greinke (3-1, 3.68 ERA) was hit by a pitch from Arizona's Ian Kennedy in the seventh inning of Los Angeles' 5-3 win Tuesday. That incited the nastier of the game's two bench-clearing incidents. Greinke plunked the Diamondbacks' Miguel Montero in the top of the inning, a likely response for Kennedy hitting Dodgers star rookie Yasiel Puig earlier in the contest.
The second incident resulted in eight suspensions and a fine for Greinke, who watched from the perimeter as the pushing, shoving and punching took place. He likely knew better after spending more than a month on the disabled list after breaking his collarbone in a brawl with San Diego's Carlos Quentin, who charged the mound after being hit with a pitch by Greinke on April 11.
The veteran pitcher was cautious when discussing the ramifications of this incident and his role in another on-field brawl.
"Every answer I have can be put in a way to make things wrong, you know?" Greinke told the Dodgers' official website.
His focus should be on the mound, where he's allowed two runs and six hits over 14 innings to go 1-0 in his last two starts. He went 0-1 with an 8.78 ERA in the previous three. Greinke allowed a two-run homer to Jason Kubel and one other hit over seven innings against Arizona.
Greinke is 5-1 in seven starts versus Pittsburgh (40-28) despite a 4.85 ERA. He beat the Pirates on April 5 with a dominant effort, allowing two hits without a walk in 6 1-3 innings of a 3-0 victory.
Los Angeles (29-38) had lost five of six before beating Pittsburgh 5-3 in 11 innings on Saturday. The Dodgers blew a one-run lead on Travis Snider's homer off Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning, but Juan Uribe delivered an RBI single in the 11th.
"Right now, every win is good," manager Don Mattingly said. "It's what we've been kind of talking about, staying afloat and treading water until we can put together some semblance of a winning streak."
Andre Ethier scored the winner and had three hits with an RBI. He's 7 for 16 in his last four games to raise his average from a season-low .229 to .244. He's batting .360 in his last six at PNC Park.
The Dodgers have won four of five this season against the Pirates, who are 6-8 since winning 16 of 20.
Pittsburgh shortstop Jordy Mercer had two hits Saturday and is 7 for 17 in the last four games.
Gerrit Cole (1-0, 2.84) returns to the mound after a strong major league debut Tuesday, when he allowed two runs and overcame seven hits in 6 1-3 innings of an 8-2 victory over San Francisco.
The 2011 overall No. 1 pick also had a two-run single in his first career at-bat.
"There was no deer-in-the-headlight look from him at all," Pirates second baseman Neil Walker said of the Southern California native. "He worked quick, he worked efficiently, he threw strikes and that is all good things for a defense.
"He's a lot more polished than a lot of guys who have gotten their start in the big leagues."
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 8:27:12 PM EST|