|PHILADELPHIA ( LANNAN )|
LA DODGERS ( CAPUANO )
|911||PHILADELPHIA||+130||Ov 7.5,-125||+150||Ov 8,-105|
|912||LA DODGERS||-140||Un 7.5,+105||-160||Un 8,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-9||-2.2||9-7||3.7||0.243||0.285||3.9||0.226||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2||6-1||4.4||0.266||0.306||5.1||0.262||0.324|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-16||-6.8||14-14||3.4||0.268||0.325||4.1||0.253||0.327|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5||3-4||4.3||0.261||0.316||2.7||0.245||0.276|
|6/14/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||8-7||W||115||9.5 ov||O||13||8||0||13||7||0|
|6/15/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||5-10||L||150||10 ov||O||11||8||2||18||12||1|
|6/16/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||2-5||L||105||9.5 un||U||6||3||0||9||6||0|
|6/21/2013||HAMELS(L)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)||3-4||L||-185||7.5 ov||U||10||10||0||9||8||2|
|6/22/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)||8-7||W||-115||9 un||O||12||4||2||10||8||1|
|6/23/2013||LANNAN(L)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||0-8||L||+120||7.5 ov||O||4||4||1||12||6||0|
|6/24/2013||LEE(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||3-4||L||-115||6.5 un||O||11||7||0||10||9||2|
|6/25/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||6-2||W||100||7.5 un||O||7||8||0||9||8||1|
|6/26/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)||7-5||W||-115||7 ov||O||10||6||1||9||8||3|
|6/27/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||4-6||L||175||7.5 un||O||14||7||0||7||4||0|
|6/28/2013||LANNAN(L)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|6/29/2013||LEE(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|6/30/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)|| |
|7/2/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|7/3/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||GOMEZ(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||LANNAN(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|7/5/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|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)||3-1||W||150||7.5 un||U||8||4||0||7||4||0|
|6/24/2013||RYU(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||3-1||W||-105||6.5 un||U||6||5||0||8||10||1|
|6/25/2013||FIFE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||KICKHAM(L)||6-5||W||-125||7.5 ov||O||11||5||0||10||6||2|
|6/26/2013||KERSHAW(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||4-2||W||-190||6.5 ov||U||12||7||1||5||4||2|
|7/2/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ COLORADO||OSWALT(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||CAPUANO(L)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)|| |
|7/5/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|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).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PHILADELPHIA-LA DODGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Phillies-Dodgers Preview* ==========================
Philadelphia (38-42) at Los Angeles (36-42), 10:10 p.m. EDT
Yasiel Puig's next challenge is to help the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat a pitcher that has beaten them four straight times.
Puig will try to help the Dodgers post their seventh straight win Friday night when they host John Lannan and the Philadelphia Phillies.
Los Angeles (36-42) seeks its first seven-game run since taking nine straight May 9-18, 2010. Puig was the hero Thursday with a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning of a 6-4 victory that opened this four-game set.
Puig had been hitless in three at-bats before his clutch hit and was shaken up crashing into the right field auxiliary scoreboard while trying to track Chase Utley's go-ahead homer in the top of the seventh. He's hitting a major league-best .427 in June, and the infectious Cuban rookie's enthusiasm has rubbed off on his teammates.
"He kind of reminds me of myself," Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp said of Puig. "Sometimes he plays too hard, and sometimes you have to tell him: `Man, calm down. You can't make every play.' But he's done an amazing job in his first month in the big leagues. He's gotten big hits and made big plays on defense. He's doing a lot, and I think we're just feeding off the kid."
Puig is 13 for 26 against left-handers heading into his first look at the southpaw Lannan, who is 4-0 with a 3.95 ERA in his last five starts against the Dodgers.
Lannan (0-2, 5.84 ERA) will make his third start since missing two months with a strained left quadriceps tendon. He lasted five innings in his first one and five-plus Sunday as he surrendered six runs in an 8-0 loss to the Mets.
Hanley Ramirez is 10 for 23 with a homer and three doubles against Lannan, and will likely return to the lineup after not starting Thursday. Ramirez was intentionally walked as a pinch-hitter, and his nine-game hitting streak in which he is batting .485 remains intact.
Dodgers starter Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.09) will take the mound for the third time since missing three weeks with a strained triceps muscle.
The left-hander has thrown 11 scoreless innings since coming back, lasting five on three days' rest Sunday as he did not get a decision in a 3-1 victory at San Diego.
Capuano is 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA in six starts against Philadelphia (38-42), and he has limited Utley to one hit in 10 at-bats.
Utley is 7 for 18 on this road trip after falling a triple short of the cycle during a three-hit effort Thursday in front of College World Series champion UCLA - where the second baseman also played.
Michael Young should be back in the Phillies' lineup. The third baseman was out of it Thursday after nine straight starts.
Delmon Young tied a career high with four hits Thursday as Philadelphia fell despite a 14-7 advantage in hits.
Kemp went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases in his second start after missing nearly a month with a right hamstring strain. He's 3 for 15 against Lannan.
"It's a long season," Kemp said. "We've just got to keep grinding and keep playing good baseball."
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen may be unavailable Friday. He has pitched five of the previous six nights, going 4 for 4 in save chances in that stretch after recording the final three outs Thursday.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 11:22:57 PM EST|