|LA DODGERS ( KERSHAW )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( GAUDIN )
|961||LA DODGERS||-165||Ov 6.5,-110||-165||Ov 6.5,-110|
|962||SAN FRANCISCO||+155||Un 6.5,-110||+155||Un 6.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-27||-4.7||31-21||4.1||0.262||0.322||4.1||0.255||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||4-3||6.4||0.314||0.361||3.9||0.258||0.324|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-15||-3.1||11-15||4.3||0.279||0.326||3.8||0.242||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.5||2-5||2.1||0.189||0.264||4.3||0.245||0.302|
|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)||10-2||W||130||6.5 ev||O||13||10||0||8||8||1|
|7/6/2013||FIFE(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-4||L||175||7 ev||U||4||2||3||7||7||0|
|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||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|7/14/2013|| ||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)||2-10||L||-140||6.5 ev||O||8||8||1||13||10||0|
|7/6/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||4-2||W||-185||7 ev||U||7||7||0||4||2||3|
|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||GAUDIN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)|| |
|7/13/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|7/14/2013|| ||@ 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* ========================
Los Angeles (41-44) at San Francisco (39-46), 4:05 p.m. EDT
Although the Los Angeles Dodgers have just boosted their rotation, Clayton Kershaw already gives them an excellent chance to win every time he takes the mound - especially against the San Francisco Giants.
Kershaw, who owns a lower ERA against the Giants than any other NL team, looks to win his third straight start Sunday at AT&T Park.
Los Angeles (41-45) made a major move Saturday by acquiring right-hander Ricky Nolasco from Miami in exchange for three minor league pitchers. Nolasco should bolster a rotation anchored by Kershaw (7-5, 1.93 ERA), who leads the majors in ERA and opponent batting average (.189).
"You can't pitch much better than he's pitched," manager Don Mattingly told the Dodgers' official website. "He deserves a few more Ws."
Kershaw is 10-4 with a 1.33 ERA against San Francisco (40-46) in 20 appearances - 19 starts. He's 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in three 2013 outings versus the Giants, and 5-2 with a 0.74 ERA in eight career starts at AT&T Park.
The left-hander's presence on the mound won't be a welcome sight to Giants regulars Hunter Pence (2 for 32 against him) and Andres Torres (2 for 31). That duo is 1 for 18 against Kershaw this year.
Reigning NL batting champion Buster Posey is 3 for 8 with a homer and double against Kershaw in 2013 after entering the year 6 for 33 with nine strikeouts.
Kershaw will try to win three straight outings for the first time this year after striking out eight and walking none in a four-hitter in Monday's 8-0 victory at Colorado. The eight runs of support represented a rare outburst for Kershaw, who has received an average of 3.2 runs for one of baseball's lowest marks.
Mattingly said Matt Kemp could be back in the lineup after the center fielder sat out Saturday's 4-2 defeat. Kemp left Friday's 10-2 series-opening victory with an irritated left shoulder.
The Giants snapped losing streaks of four straight overall and four in a row to the Dodgers on Saturday despite an embarrassing mistake by Bruce Bochy. The manager submitted the wrong lineup card to the Dodgers and the umpires, and Posey's RBI double in the first inning was wiped out due to the error.
Posey hit third in Pablo Sandoval's spot, but the incorrect lineup card had the sluggers reversed.
"That was a huge game for us," Bochy said. "I would've felt horrible if that would've played a part in us not winning."
The Dodgers' Hanley Ramirez extended his hitting streak to a career-high 17 games with a triple in four at-bats Saturday. He's batting .477 with six homers and 17 RBIs in that run.
Yasiel Puig struck out all four times as his nine-game run ended.
Puig will get his first look at Chad Gaudin (2-1, 2.60), who will be activated off the 15-day disabled list to make his fifth straight start for the Giants. Gaudin, out since June 20 due to a right elbow contusion, went 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in the first four.
The right-hander owns a 5.66 career ERA against the Dodgers in nine appearances - two starts. Kemp is 2 for 10 against him and Ramirez is 1 for 9.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 3:58:35 PM EST|