|LA DODGERS ( CAPUANO )|
SAN DIEGO ( CASHNER )
|961||LA DODGERS||+145||Ov 7.5,+100||+145||Ov 7.5,+100|
|962||SAN DIEGO||-155||Un 7.5,-120||-155||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||20-26||-11.5||27-17||3.7||0.247||0.311||4.2||0.255||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||5-2||4.1||0.265||0.328||3.9||0.226||0.276|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-12||+7||15-10||4.7||0.268||0.327||4.4||0.260||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.4||4-3||3.9||0.242||0.299||3.4||0.280||0.332|
|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)||2-5||L||-150||6.5 ov||O||8||7||2||8||4||0|
|6/22/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||6-1||W||-105||7.5 un||U||7||10||0||5||4||2|
|6/23/2013||CAPUANO(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)|| |
|6/29/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|6/30/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|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)||5-2||W||+140||6.5 ov||O||8||4||0||8||7||2|
|6/22/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||1-6||L||-105||7.5 un||U||5||4||2||7||10||0|
|6/23/2013||CASHNER(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|6/28/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)|| |
|6/30/2013|| ||@ 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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Los Angeles (30-42) at San Diego (38-36), 4:10 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Dodgers will do anything to string together some victories.
Offering to pitch on short rest, veteran Chris Capuano tries to help the visiting Dodgers win consecutive games for the first time in a little more than two weeks Sunday against the San Diego Padres.
Zack Greinke allowed one run over eight innings and got homers from Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez in Los Angeles' 6-1 win at San Diego on Saturday. It was Greinke's first outing against the Padres (38-37) since he broke his collarbone in a brawl with Carlos Quentin in April.
It's also the fourth win in 13 games for the Dodgers (31-42), who will try to split the four-game set by winning back-to-back contests for the first time since June 6-7.
"You hope this is the start of something special, a run that gets us back into the thick of things," Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. "Then again, we've thought that before and said that before and it hasn't happened. We just need to go do it. It's time for us to start playing better."
With victories at a premium and manager Don Mattingly opting not to pitch talented rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu on short rest, Capuano (2-4, 4.62 ERA) stepped up to the challenge.
The left-hander, who turns 35 in August, has not started on three days' rest following a start since 2005. He threw 84 pitches Wednesday when he came off his second 2013 stint on the disabled list to allow three hits in six innings of a 6-0 win at Yankee Stadium.
"Obviously, there's a sense of urgency there," Mattingly told the Dodgers' official website. "He sees we're not putting wins on the board, and he wants to change it. I like the fact he wants to do it. I still wouldn't do it unless everybody thought it was OK and everybody checked off."
After throwing 2 2-3 scoreless innings of relief against the Padres this season, Capuano gave up five runs in two innings of a 9-2 loss to San Diego on April 16.
Gonzalez's homer is his only hit in 12 at-bats in this series against his former team.
Ramirez, meanwhile, is 10 for 18 with two homers and six RBIs in five contests after going 3 for 20 in his first nine games following a monthlong stint on the DL.
Chase Headley had two of the five hits Saturday for the Padres, whose eight-game home winning streak ended with their third defeat in 12 overall.
Headley is 4 for 11 in the series, and 4 for 10 with a double and a home run against Capuano.
San Diego's Andrew Cashner (5-3, 3.56) is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 11 appearances against the Dodgers, but this will be the first time he'll face them as a starter.
The right-hander is 4-1 with a 2.65 ERA as a starter at home this season, compared to 1-2 with a 4.37 ERA in six on the road. Cashner overcame a season-high 10 hits to allow three runs and strike out six in 6 2-3 innings while not factoring in the decision of a 5-4 loss at San Francisco on Tuesday.
"I threw the ball well, though there are a couple of pitches I'd like back," Cashner said.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 3:58:20 AM EST|