|LA DODGERS ( KERSHAW )|
SAN DIEGO ( RICHARD )
|959||LA DODGERS||-155||Ov 6.5,+100||-145||Ov 6.5,-105|
|960||SAN DIEGO||+145||Un 6.5,-120||+135||Un 6.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-15||-7.3||12-13||3.3||0.269||0.328||4.2||0.253||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.8||5-2||3.9||0.268||0.309||4.6||0.269||0.333|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-12||+5.6||14-10||4.7||0.269||0.328||4.5||0.261||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||4-3||4.1||0.241||0.307||3.0||0.259||0.295|
|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)||3-6||L||115||7.5 un||O||11||8||2||9||7||0|
|6/21/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)|| |
|6/22/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|6/23/2013||MAGILL(R)||@ 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)|| |
|6/28/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|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)||6-3||W||-125||7.5 un||O||9||7||0||11||8||2|
|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||MAGILL(R)|| |
|6/28/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|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 (30-40) at San Diego (36-36), 10:10 p.m. EDT
Mired in his longest winless stretch in four seasons, Clayton Kershaw might normally be looking forward to facing the San Diego Padres.
Manager Bud Black's team, though, has already gotten the best of him twice this year.
Kershaw tries to avoid losing a career-worst third consecutive start to the surging Padres, who look to continue their recent success against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
Owner of the NL's lowest ERA, Kershaw (5-4, 1.84 ERA) allowed three hits and struck out eight over seven innings of one-run ball during Saturday's 5-3, 11-inning victory at Pittsburgh. The former Cy Young award winner was in line for the win before Kenley Jansen blew the save.
"It's a little disappointing that he didn't get the win because he deserved it," outfielder Andre Ethier said of Kershaw. "When you see them score a run in the ninth, it's a little sickening feeling that one got away from him."
Kershaw is 0-2 with a 2.91 ERA over his last five outings - his longest winless stretch since going 0-3 with a 2.60 ERA over his final 11 starts in 2009.
"You control what you can control. It's not easy to do sometimes," he told MLB's official website. "But you control what you can control and that's what I'm trying to do."
Kershaw entered 2013 having gone 8-3 with a 2.28 ERA over 17 matchups versus San Diego (37-36) before dropping a pair of home starts while posting an uncharacteristic 3.97 ERA. He's, however, 3-1 with a 2.06 ERA in seven outings at Petco Park, allowing two runs or fewer in each.
Chase Headley is 8 for 42 against Kershaw and Kyle Blanks is 3 for 16, though one of those hits was a homer.
The Padres took the opener of this four-game set 6-3 on Thursday, their eighth win in 10 games. Acquired from Boston last Friday, Pedro Ciriaco went 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBIs for San Diego, which has hit .320 and outscored the Dodgers 42-23 in taking five of seven in the series.
Los Angeles (30-41), meanwhile, failed to take advantage of Yasiel Puig's sixth homer - three of which have come against the Padres. The Dodgers have dropped eight of 11 overall and 15 of 20 on the road.
They'll try to turn things around against San Diego's Clayton Richard (2-5, 7.01), who shut down Arizona in Sunday's 4-1 win. The left-hander allowed one run, seven hits and no walks over a season-high eight innings, earning his first victory as a starter.
"Clayton threw extremely well," Black said. "I thought he had good command of the fastball down in the zone, which is something he hasn't always had this season. He had good action with all of his pitches, which is what we expect of him every time out."
Richard is winless in his last five outings against Los Angeles, going 0-2 with a 6.12 ERA. He was tagged for six runs in 4 1-3 innings at Dodger Stadium on June 4, giving up a three-run homer to Puig.
Richard will also need to be cautious against Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez, who are a combined 17 for 24 in their matchups. Juan Uribe has fared well, too, going 12 for 30 with three homers.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 6:13:18 PM EST|