|LA DODGERS ( FIFE )|
SAN DIEGO ( MARQUIS )
|909||LA DODGERS||+130||Ov 7.5,-105||+125||Ov 7.5,+105|
|910||SAN DIEGO||-140||Un 7.5,-115||-135||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||19-25||-11.5||26-16||3.7||0.247||0.310||4.2||0.256||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.7||5-2||4.1||0.250||0.301||4.1||0.253||0.317|
|vs Right-handed Starters||22-24||+1.1||22-23||3.9||0.238||0.301||4.4||0.258||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.2||3-3||4.0||0.235||0.300||3.0||0.254||0.292|
|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)||3-6||L||115||7.5 un||O||7||5||0||10||6||0|
|6/19/2013||RYU(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||4-6||L||130||7.5 un||O||10||7||4||8||8||0|
|6/19/2013||CAPUANO(L)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||6-0||W||130||8 ov||U||12||6||0||3||3||0|
|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||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|6/23/2013||RYU(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|6/24/2013||RYU(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|6/25/2013||CAPUANO(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)|| |
|6/26/2013||KERSHAW(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|6/27/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|6/6/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||6-5||W||130||9.5 ev||O||12||10||1||10||9||3|
|6/7/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||9-10||L||145||10.5 ov||O||17||10||0||16||8||0|
|6/8/2013||STULTS(L)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)||4-2||W||105||10.5 ov||U||10||12||3||9||8||1|
|6/9/2013||RICHARD(L)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||7-8||L||165||11.5 un||O||11||3||0||15||9||0|
|6/17/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||5-3||W||-105||7.5 un||O||18||17||0||10||6||0|
|6/18/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||4-5||L||135||6.5 un||O||9||6||0||13||7||0|
|6/19/2013||STULTS(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-4||L||150||7 un||U||4||5||0||11||7||1|
|6/20/2013||MARQUIS(R)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)|| |
|6/21/2013||RICHARD(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|6/22/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|6/23/2013||CASHNER(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|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).
|SAN DIEGO: HITTING: This was by far the worst lineup in the National League in runs (3.66 per game), HR (91), and OPS (.653). 1B JESUS GUZMAN had 44 RBI in just 247 at-bats thanks to a 1.094 OPS with RISP. 1B YONDER ALONSO, the key piece of the Mat Latos trade, will play first every day, moving Guzman to a back-up role. OF CAMERON MAYBIN used his speed to steal 40 bases and score 82 runs. OF CARLOS QUENTIN was acquired from the White Sox and will provide much-needed power in the middle of the batting order when he returns to the field sometime in late April/early May after having knee surgery. Slugger KYLE BLANKS will fill the void. In 420 career at-bats, he has 20 homers, but also has a .219 BA and 152 strikeouts. SS JASON BARTLETT had a disappointing first season in San Diego, hitting only two home runs in 554 at-bats and posting a pathetic .615 OPS as the team's No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Mediocre OF WILL VENABLE (.705 OPS) would not start for any other team in the majors. 3B CHASE HEADLEY batted .289 with a .374 OBP, but failed to provide any power from the three-hole. Oft-injured C NICK HUNDLEY had an .824 OPS and 9 HR in half a season. SS ORLANDO HUDSON batted just .246 with 92 strikeouts and just 31 walks. |
STARTING PITCHING: This young staff finished sixth in the majors with a 3.62 ERA. TIM STAUFFER struggled to pitch outside of spacious Petco Park, posting a 4.95 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the road (2.57 ERA, 1.13 WHIP at home). Two starters both underwent surgery on their throwing shoulders last summer, but are expected to be ready for the start of the season. Lefty CLAYTON RICHARD had just 53 K and 38 BB in 99.2 innings, but he posted a strong 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP at home last year. The 2011 campaign was the year to judge whether EDINSON VOLQUEZ was all the way back from major arm surgery. Well, the jury's in and the verdict isn't kind. The move to San Diego can only cure so much. Right-hander DUSTIN MOSELEY enjoyed his first season in the NL, posting career-best marks in ERA (3.30) and WHIP (1.28). But like Richard, his 64 K and 36 BB in 120 innings were unimpressive. CORY LUEBKE began 2011 in the bullpen, but was moved the rotation, which is where he'll stay in 2012. In 17 starts last year, he shined with a 3.31 ERA and 111 K in 100.2 IP.
RELIEF PITCHING: For the first time since 2008, somebody other than Heath Bell will close games for the Padres. HUSTON STREET will certainly benefit from the move to hitter haven Coors Field to pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Street had a 4.20 home ERA in three seasons in Colorado, while posting a stellar 2.59 ERA on the road. If Street gets hurt, the two leading candidates for the closer role are LUKE GREGERSON and ERNESTO FRIERI. Gregerson is the more consistent pitcher of the two, but Frieri throws harder than Gregerson and has a stellar 11.1 strikeout rate in his three-year career.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-SAN DIEGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Padres Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Los Angeles (29-39) at San Diego (36-35), 10:10 p.m. EDT
Although no one in baseball has issued more walks than the San Diego Padres' Jason Marquis, he hasn't lost in almost two months.
Marquis goes for a ninth consecutive victory and fourth in a row over the Los Angeles Dodgers, who visit Petco Park for the first time since April's bench-clearing brawl Thursday night.
After giving up a season-high seven runs in 4 2-3 innings in a 7-1 loss to Milwaukee on April 22, Marquis (9-2, 3.63 ERA) has gone 8-0 with a 3.25 ERA over a 10-start stretch. The veteran right-hander, who's allowed at least four base on balls in all but two of those outings, has surrendered 47 walks on the season.
Marquis yielded three runs, three hits and four walks in 6 2-3 innings in Saturday's 6-4 victory over Arizona. He has a chance to become the first Padres pitcher to win nine consecutive decisions since Kevin Brown won 11 straight May 26-Aug. 5, 1998.
Marquis now turns his attention to the Dodgers (30-40), against whom he's gone 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA over four outings since the start of last year. He gave up two runs, three hits and two walks in 6 1-3 innings in a 6-2 victory at Dodger Stadium on June 5.
"Marquis is a tough matchup, he's given us trouble," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told MLB's official website. "He seems like he pitches good every time. He's a guy that keeps the ball down. He can run the ball at you and break the ball off the plate to the other side. He's tough."
Los Angeles is set to make its first trip back to San Diego since drama unfolded April 11. After getting hit by a pitch, Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin charged and collided with Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, who suffered a broken collarbone.
These teams have played two series since, with the Padres (36-36) taking four of six at Chavez Ravine.
Yasiel Puig, who went a combined 5 for 8 with two homers and five RBIs in leading the Dodgers to two wins over San Diego in his first taste of big league action June 3-4, has yet to cool off.
Batting .474 in 15 games since getting called up from Double-A Chattanooga, Puig hit his fifth homer as Los Angeles cruised to a 6-0 road win over the New York Yankees in the back end of Wednesday's doubleheader. The Dodgers dropped the first game 6-4.
Hanley Ramirez also came up big on the day, going 6 for 8 with a homer and four RBIs.
"Hanley, for me, I've said it since he came over. I think he's one of the best hitters in the game," Mattingly said. "The way Yasiel's swinging the bat, if Adrian (Gonzalez) continues to swing the bat the way he's capable of, that's a pretty potent trio of guys."
Gonzalez, who spent five years with San Diego from 2006-10, is hitting .309 with a team-leading 45 RBIs.
The Padres followed up a season-high seven-game winning streak with back-to-back losses, falling 4-2 at San Francisco on Wednesday. San Diego found itself in another on-field altercation after Madison Bumgarner threw a pitch behind Jesus Guzman's back, prompting both benches to clear.
Guzman, who celebrated after hitting a go-ahead pinch-hit two-run homer in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 5-4 defeat, went deep again Wednesday.
San Diego placed shortstop Everth Cabrera (strained left hamstring) on the disabled list Wednesday and could also be without Quentin again. He's missed the last five games with a shoulder injury.
The Padres will try to regroup against Dodgers scheduled starter Stephen Fife (1-2, 3.74). The right-hander's lone win came June 3, when he gave up a run in 5 1-3 innings of a 2-1 victory over San Diego.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 10:33:07 AM EST|