|LA DODGERS ( RYU )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( CAIN )
|963||LA DODGERS||+115||Ov 6.5,-120||+130||Ov 6.5,-110|
|964||SAN FRANCISCO||-125||Un 6.5,+100||-140||Un 6.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-27||-6||30-21||4.0||0.260||0.320||4.1||0.255||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.6||5-2||5.7||0.310||0.362||5.9||0.317||0.378|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-14||-1.7||10-15||4.4||0.280||0.327||3.6||0.238||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.1||1-6||1.7||0.161||0.238||3.7||0.281||0.333|
|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)||8-0||W||-145||9 un||U||14||8||1||4||4||0|
|7/3/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||10-8||W||-105||9.5 ov||O||17||7||0||10||10||1|
|7/4/2013||CAPUANO(L)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||5-9||L||125||10 ov||O||13||11||1||12||5||0|
|7/5/2013||RYU(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||FIFE(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|7/7/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)|| |
|7/8/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)|| |
|7/9/2013||CAPUANO(L)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|7/10/2013||RYU(L)||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|7/12/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|6/24/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||1-3||L||-105||6.5 un||U||8||10||1||6||5||0|
|6/25/2013||KICKHAM(L)||@ LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||5-6||L||115||7.5 ov||O||10||6||2||11||5||0|
|6/26/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||2-4||L||180||6.5 ov||U||5||4||2||12||7||1|
|6/28/2013||ZITO(L)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||1-4||L||130||10.5 ov||U||4||7||1||13||12||0|
|6/29/2013||CAIN(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||1-2||L||-110||9.5 un||U||7||6||2||4||5||0|
|6/30/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ COLORADO||POMERANZ(L)||5-2||W||-125||9.5 un||U||12||11||0||7||8||1|
|7/1/2013||KICKHAM(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||1-8||L||145||8.5 ev||O||2||2||0||11||4||0|
|7/2/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||0-3||L||165||8.5 un||U||0||1||1||7||8||0|
|7/3/2013||ZITO(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||2-3||L||165||8.5 ov||U||5||12||0||10||11||0|
|7/5/2013||CAIN(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|7/6/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)|| |
|7/7/2013||GAUDIN(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|7/8/2013||LINCECUM(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|7/9/2013||ZITO(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|7/10/2013||CAIN(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|7/11/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|7/12/2013|| ||@ 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).
|SAN FRANCISCO: HITTING: The Giants scored the second-fewest runs in the majors. But the additions of OF MELKY CABRERA (.305 BA, 18 HR, 87 RBI, 102 runs) and OF ANGEL PAGAN (32 SB) at the top of the order will certainly help. C BUSTER POSEY's surgically repaired ankle should be fully healed for the start of the season, and the 25-year-old's .368 OBP is certainly needed. 3B PABLO SANDOVAL was the team's best hitter in 2011 (.315 BA, 23 HR, 70 RBI) and was the only legitimate power source. The right side of the infield consists of veteran players past their prime. 1B AUBREY HUFF had his worst season, hitting .246 with 12 HR, but the 35-year-old will continue to bat in the middle of the lineup. 2B FREDDY SANCHEZ, 34, missed 50+ games for the third straight year as he suffered a torn labrum. SS BRANDON CRAWFORD has a slick glove but he's not close to being a legitimate major-league hitter (.204 career BA). OF BRANDON BELT, 23, has future star potential, but will be in a reserve role. OF NATE SCHIERHOLTZ (.756 OPS) provides a reliable bat in right field. |
STARTING PITCHING: San Francisco ranked second in the majors in ERA (3.28), strikeouts (5.4 per game) and Opp. BA (.237). TIM LINCECUM was the ace once again with a 2.74 ERA and 220 strikeouts, but carried a sub-.500 record (13-14). Including playoffs, Lincecum has thrown an average of 230 innings per season since 2008. MATT CAIN also had a phenomenal year, carting a 2.88 ERA, team-best 1.08 WHIP and fanning 179 batters. He allowed only nine home runs in 221.2 innings of work. 22-year-old lefty MADISON BUMGARNER had a solid first full season, finishing with a 3.21 ERA, and a 4.2 K-to-BB ratio (191 strikeouts, 46 walks). RYAN VOGELSONG was an unbelievable story, returning to the majors for the first time since 2006 and going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA. Although he's 34, his arm has plenty of innings left. BARRY ZITO will likely earn the final spot in the rotation as prospect ERIC SURKAMP gets more seasoning in Triple-A. Zito posted a career-worst 5.87 ERA while Surkamp carted a 1.84 WHIP in six starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: The success of the San Francisco bullpen hinges on BRIAN WILSON, who had a down year (1.47 WHIP, 54 K, 31 BB) because of elbow problems. Surgery was not required for his ailment, so expect a nice bounce-back season from this elite closer. If Wilson gets injured again, SERGIO ROMO could get called upon in the late innings. But even if he doesn't save a game, he still has plenty of value as a set-up man, notching a gaudy 13.1 strikeout rate and 0.71 WHIP last year. In 48 innings, he struck out 70 batters and only walked five. JEREMY AFFELDT is the top lefty in the Giants pen. He notched a strong 2.63 ERA and also tallied a career-best 1.15 WHIP last year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Giants Preview* ========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Los Angeles (40-44) at San Francisco (39-45), 10:15 p.m. EDT
Just when the Los Angeles Dodgers thought they were going to get a weekend in San Francisco without seeing Matt Cain, the weather intervened.
Instead, he'll start Friday's series opener for the Giants against the visiting Dodgers, whom Cain has dominated in recent years. But Cain also hasn't seen a lineup as potent as the one Los Angeles has fielded of late - one that could get deeper with the potential return of Carl Crawford.
Cain (5-4, 4.29 ERA) was slated to start Thursday at Cincinnati, but the game was postponed due to rain, moving him back a day.
He's 5-0 with a 1.93 ERA over his last 11 starts against Los Angeles, allowing just 57 hits and 12 walks in 74 2-3 innings dating back to Aug. 1, 2010. Nine of those outings were quality starts, and Cain held the Dodgers to one run or fewer six times.
The right-hander is coming off arguably his finest start of the year, though the slumping San Francisco offense - which has scored 26 runs while losing 11 of 13 - couldn't turn it into a victory. Cain did not get a decision as he gave up one run and three hits - two in the first inning - and walked one over eight frames of a 2-1 loss to Colorado on Saturday.
These teams split Cain's two starts versus the Dodgers earlier this season as he held them to one run in a combined 13 1-3 innings. But Los Angeles' offense has evolved into an entirely different beast.
The second time the Dodgers (40-44) saw Cain, it was their 30th game, through which they were averaging 3.5 runs. They've won 10 of their last 12 while scoring 5.2 per game.
While they're coming off a 9-5 loss at Colorado on Thursday, the team's sixth 11-plus hit game in nine contests was still encouraging - as is Crawford's possible return.
Crawford, who was hitting .301 with 32 runs in 51 games before succumbing to a strained hamstring June 1, has completed his rehab assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. He will be with the Dodgers on Friday, according to their official website, though they haven't confirmed that they will activate the four-time All-Star from the disabled list.
His return could create almost as many headaches for manager Don Mattingly as it seemingly will for opposing pitchers trying to navigate the order. Mattingly will have to juggle an outfield that includes Crawford, rookie sensation Yaisel Puig, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.
Puig went 1 for 5 on Thursday to extend his hitting streak to eight games and is still batting .430 with 19 RBIs since making his major league debut June 3.
Kemp is only hitting .254 but homered for the second straight game and has six RBIs over his last four. Ethier, batting .258 on the season, is hitting .303 over his last nine and has five hits in his last 13 at-bats.
"It will be a little sticky, honestly," Mattingly told the team's official website. "Only three spots and four guys."
As for Cain, he'll also have to deal with Adrian Gonzalez, who has homered in three straight games, as well as Hanley Ramirez, who is batting .483 with 16 RBIs during a 15-game hitting streak.
Los Angeles starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3, 2.83) will try to extend the Giants' offensive woes. The South Korean left-hander has already seen San Francisco (39-45) three times in his inaugural big league season, but went 0-2 despite a 2.84 ERA. He's posted a quality start in eight of his last nine outings while going 3-1 with a 2.20 ERA.
No batters have faced Cain more than Ethier and Gonzalez, who are 28 for 63 (.444) and 20 for 63 (.317) off him, respectively. Kemp is just 11 for 51 against Cain with 15 strikeouts.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 3:58:56 AM EST|