|LA DODGERS ( KERSHAW )|
COLORADO ( OSWALT )
|911||LA DODGERS||-150||Ov 8.5,-125||-155||Ov 9,+100|
|912||COLORADO||+140||Un 8.5,+105||+145||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-26||-7||28-20||3.8||0.253||0.314||4.0||0.254||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.6||4-3||4.3||0.274||0.319||4.6||0.299||0.348|
|vs Left-handed Starters||12-17||-5.6||14-15||4.5||0.271||0.333||4.7||0.276||0.331|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.6||2-5||3.4||0.267||0.305||4.6||0.305||0.374|
|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||RYU(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|7/6/2013||FIFE(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)|| |
|7/7/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|7/8/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|6/18/2013||FRANCIS(L)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)||3-8||L||140||9 un||O||4||4||2||11||3||2|
|6/19/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||2-5||L||140||9 un||U||9||10||2||7||5||1|
|6/20/2013||OSWALT(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||1-5||L||165||7 un||U||6||6||0||11||7||1|
|6/21/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||1-2||L||160||7 ov||U||6||7||0||5||5||2|
|6/22/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)||7-1||W||105||8 un||P||12||5||0||6||4||0|
|6/23/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ WASHINGTON||DETWILER(L)||7-6||W||120||7.5 ev||O||13||5||2||13||11||0|
|6/25/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||4-11||L||175||10 ov||O||11||10||1||20||13||3|
|6/26/2013||OSWALT(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||3-5||L||175||9.5 un||U||9||6||0||10||7||0|
|6/27/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)||2-3||L||-180||10.5 un||U||8||4||0||9||8||1|
|6/28/2013||CHACIN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||4-1||W||-140||10.5 ov||U||13||12||0||4||7||1|
|6/29/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||2-1||W||+100||9.5 un||U||4||5||0||7||6||2|
|6/30/2013||POMERANZ(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-5||L||+115||9.5 un||U||7||8||1||12||11||0|
|7/2/2013||OSWALT(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|7/3/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||CHACIN(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|7/5/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||POMERANZ(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|7/7/2013||OSWALT(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|7/8/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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).
|COLORADO: HITTING: This offense still has trouble scoring outside of Coors Field, posting the second-fewest road runs in the majors (3.65 per game). SS TROY TULOWITZKI doesn't need the thin air though, posting an .881 OPS on the road. He led Colorado with a .302 BA, 30 HR, 105 RBI. OF CARLOS GONZALEZ was bothered by wrist and back injuries last year, but still managed to smack 26 homers with 92 RBI and 92 runs. OF DEXTER FOWLER will bat first or second after a strong .363 OBP. He could score 100 runs if he improved his base stealing (12 SB, 9 CS). OF MICHAEL CUDDYER gets the Coors Field Bump, while TYLER COLVIN settles into the 4th-OF role. Colorado has question marks with its corner infielders. 1B TODD HELTON is 38 with a bad back, and mediocre 3B CHRIS NELSON will start until top prospect NOLAN ARENADO is ready for the big leagues. 2B MARCO SCUTARO carries a louder stick than most two-baggers and C RAMON HERNANDEZ (.788 OPS) is an upgrade over the departed Chris Iannetta. |
STARTING PITCHING: There are plenty of question marks in Colorado's rotation with Ubaldo Jimenez pitching in the AL and two of its top three starters coming off major injuries. JORGE DE LA ROSA had Tommy John surgery and won't likely return to a big-league mound until June. De La Rosa had a 1.19 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 59 innings before his injury. JHOULYS CHACIN will be counted on as the rotation's ace and he certainly has the physical tools and array of pitches to live up to this billing if he can trim his 87 walks in 194 innings. Former Baltimore 'ace' JEREMY GUTRHIE threw for 200+ innings in each of his past three seasons, but he's also served up 86 gopher balls in this span. That's not a good sign of things to come in the thin air. JUAN NICASIO took a line drive off the head and broke his C-1 vertebrae in August, but the team amazingly expects him to ready when the season begins. The 25-year-old has great command for such a young hurler. GUILLERMO MOSCOCO fared pretty well as a starter with the A's last year (.209 Opp. BA), but his 4.70 road ERA nearly doubled his 2.42 ERA in Oakland . Lefty DREW POMERANZ, 23, has a wealthy array of pitches and performed admirably in three of his four starts after being called up last season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Although he was the team's main set-up man last year, RAFAEL BETANCOURT becomes the Rockies closer with Huston Street out of the picture. After struggling at Coors Field in 2010 (4.99 ERA, 7 HR), he thrived in the thin air last year with a 1.93 ERA, and just 1 HR allowed in 32.2 innings. But he turns 37 in April and is one of the riskier saves men with little closing experience in his career. MATT BELISLE figures to be next in line for saves, notching 70 K and 16 BB at Coors Field since 2010. MATT REYNOLDS is the top lefty in the pen, but his 2011 season was nothing to write home about (4.09 ERA, 10 HR allowed in 50.2 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Rockies Preview* =========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Los Angeles (38-43) at Colorado (41-42), 8:40 p.m. EDT
The surging Los Angeles Dodgers are back in the race thanks largely to Yasiel Puig.
The Colorado Rockies' Michael Cuddyer has turned heads of late, too.
Puig and the visiting Dodgers look to keep rolling while Cuddyer tries to extend the longest hitting streak in franchise history Tuesday night.
Los Angeles (38-43) enters this three-game set seeking a ninth win in 10 games after beating Philadelphia 6-1 on Sunday. Puig led the way again, going 4 for 5 with a double, a triple, two runs and two stolen bases.
The 22-year-old Cuban defector has gone a major league-best 44 for 101 (.436) with seven homers, 16 RBIs and 19 runs in 26 games since getting called up June 3.
"Puig's definitely brought an energy and a spark to us, and his skill level, I think, is a little more than anybody anticipated it would be," Sunday's winning pitcher Stephen Fife said. "It's been a pretty historic start."
Puig's hit total in June ranks second all-time in a player's first full calendar month behind only New York Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio's 48 in May 1936. Puig also broke Steve Sax's team record for hits in any month, set in August 1983.
"I'm really excited to be put on that list," Puig told MLB's official website through an interpreter. "But I'm more excited that the team is winning."
After a disappointing first 2 1/2 months, the Dodgers now find themselves well within striking distance of NL West-leading Arizona.
"We've kind of got ourselves back to respectability here," manager Don Mattingly said. "We can see the front of the pack. Now we have to go take care of business and continue to win at a high rate."
Slowing down Cuddyer could prove crucial if the Dodgers hope to see their momentum carry over. The veteran outfielder singled and scored in the eighth inning in Sunday's 5-2 loss to San Francisco, extending his hitting streak to 27 games.
Cuddyer, who's batting .372 with six homers and 19 RBIs during that run, has also reached base safely in a franchise-record 46 straight games.
"It's been fun watching him do this," manager Walt Weiss said. "It's nice to see him get some recognition. He's a great player."
Cuddyer is 2 for 6 against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (6-5, 2.08 ERA), who's looking to build on his first win in over a month. The left-hander allowed two runs and four hits in eight-plus innings in Wednesday's 4-2 victory over the Giants.
"I had better fastball command tonight than I had in the past," he said. "There's some little things to work on here and there. But overall, it was better tonight for sure."
Kershaw is 6-1 with a 2.96 ERA in his last 15 starts in the series, but he's 0-1 with a 5.01 ERA in his last five at Coors Field.
The Rockies (41-42) counter with Roy Oswalt, who's gone 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA since debuting June 20. He yielded five runs and nine hits in six innings Wednesday in a 5-3 loss at Boston.
Weiss, though, likes what he's seen from the 35-year-old right-hander.
"It's very evident that there's still a lot left with him," Weiss said. "In the two outings that he's had for us, still a lot of life in the arm, the ability to make pitches. It's all there."
Oswalt is 5-1 with a 2.05 ERA in his last seven starts against the Dodgers, but he hasn't faced them since 2011. While Matt Kemp is 1 for 11 with four strikeouts in their matchups, Hanley Ramirez is 11 for 30 with three homers and three doubles.
Ramirez is batting .477 with five homers and 15 RBIs over a 13-game stretch.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 11:17:35 AM EST|