|LA DODGERS ( GREINKE )|
ARIZONA ( DELGADO )
|907||LA DODGERS||+100||Ov 9,-110||-110||Ov 8.5,-115|
|908||ARIZONA||-110||Un 9,-110||+100||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-27||-3.7||31-22||4.1||0.261||0.322||4.0||0.253||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.3||3-4||6.4||0.315||0.362||3.6||0.235||0.297|
|vs Right-handed Starters||32-27||+3.8||29-28||4.5||0.260||0.318||4.3||0.256||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.1||5-2||5.3||0.282||0.344||3.3||0.231||0.296|
|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)||4-1||W||-160||6.5 ov||U||7||5||0||4||4||1|
|7/8/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)|| |
|7/9/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|7/10/2013||RYU(L)||@ ARIZONA||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|6/25/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||5-7||L||125||7.5 ov||O||14||10||1||11||7||1|
|6/26/2013||MILEY(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||2-3||L||140||7.5 un||U||4||5||0||8||6||0|
|6/27/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||3-2||W||125||7 un||U||10||9||0||8||8||0|
|6/28/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||0-3||L||155||8 un||U||4||4||0||11||11||0|
|6/29/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)||5-11||L||135||7.5 ev||O||10||9||1||11||10||0|
|6/30/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)||2-6||L||140||8 un||P||8||6||1||10||10||0|
|7/1/2013||MILEY(L)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)||4-5||L||-120||7.5 ev||O||11||11||1||16||20||0|
|7/2/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||1-9||L||-140||7 ov||O||6||8||0||12||3||0|
|7/3/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||5-3||W||170||6.5 ov||O||10||10||0||10||5||1|
|7/4/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||5-4||W||-115||7.5 ov||O||17||13||0||10||14||1|
|7/5/2013||SKAGGS(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||5-0||W||-135||8.5 un||U||10||5||0||3||2||0|
|7/8/2013||DELGADO(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|7/9/2013||KENNEDY(R)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|7/10/2013||SKAGGS(L)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|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).
|ARIZONA: HITTING: Arizona's offense placed ninth in the majors in runs (4.5 per game), homers (172) and OPS (.736), thanks in big part to its young outfield trio. OF JUSTIN UPTON, 24, had a career year and led his team with a .289 BA, 31 HR, 88 RBI, 105 runs and a .369 OBP. OF GERARDO PARRA may have won a Gold Glove, but OF JASON KUBEL is the new leftfielder. Kubel's power numbers will improve in the desert. OF CHRIS YOUNG's .236 BA was poor, but his .331 OBP allowed him to score 89 times and swipe a team-high 22 SB. 1B PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, 24, belted 30 homers in 103 Double-A games and continued his power in the majors with eight bombs in 156 at-bats. 3B RYAN ROBERTS (19 HR, 86 runs) and C MIGUEL MONTERO (18 HR, 86 RBI) also had career-best seasons. 2B AARON HILL was a great midseason acquisition from Toronto, tallying an .878 OPS in 33 games with Arizona. SS STEPHEN DREW batted only .252 with 5 HR in half a season before fracturing his ankle. He'll probably return in early May, and speedy WILLIE BLOOMQUIST will replace him in the starting lineup. |
STARTING PITCHING: D-backs starters won 71 games, sixth-most in baseball. IAN KENNEDY won 21 of those contests and led the team with a 2.88 ERA and 198 strikeouts. He also held batters to a .210 BA at hitter-friendly Chase Field. DANIEL HUDSON was strong in all facets as well, notching 16 wins, 169 K and a 3.49 ERA. He pitches like a seasoned veteran, but he's only 25. Newcomer TREVOR CAHILL was 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA in his first 10 starts before finishing 6-13 with a 5.25 ERA. Don't expect a huge comeback going from a pitcher's park to a hitter's park. The Diamondbacks brought back innings eater JOE SAUNDERS, which closed the door for stud prospect WADE MILEY to begin 2012 in Arizona's starting rotation. Once the first-round draft pick from 2008 cuts down on his walks, everything else should fall into place, and he should be pitching for the big club come September. JOSH COLLMENTER burst on the scene with his crazy delivery and was unhittable in his first six starts (1.05 ERA, 0.76 WHIP). He predictably tailed off, but still led the rotation with a 1.07 WHIP, walking just 28 batters in 154.1 innings.
RELIEF PITCHING: Arizona led the majors with 58 saves, as J.J. PUTZ tallied 45 of those. He didn't allow a run in his final 18 appearances, finishing with a 2.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 9.5 K per 9 IP. He was unhittable on the road, giving up just one run on nine hits in 24.1 innings (.113 opp. BA). Putz does have a history of being injured, and if he gets hurt again, DAVID HERNANDEZ proved a worthy replacement, saving 11 games last year and posting a strong 10.0 K per 9 IP rate. He held opponents to a meager .193 BA. BRAD ZIEGLER was even better after Arizona acquired him at the deadline. In 23 appearances with the D-backs, the side-arming Ziegler notched a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Diamondbacks Preview* ==============================
Los Angeles (41-45) at Arizona (46-41), 9:40 p.m. EDT
PHOENIX (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers are headed to the desert, a trip that inevitably recalls the big brawl that erupted with the Arizona Diamondbacks in the last series between the two NL West rivals.
Players from both sides say that the blowup, while not forgotten, has been pushed aside in favor of the more pressing matter of competing for the West title.
"We've got more important things to worry about than buzzing somebody or fighting," Arizona outfielder Cody Ross said.
Some of the Dodgers vowed after the June 11 incident that it wasn't over. Maybe some sort of revenge will be extracted far down the road, but probably not in the three-game series that begins Monday night.
Of course, that can change in a heartbeat.
"Right now I'm not sitting here thinking about Arizona. It's not one of those cases," Dodgers reliever J.P. Howell said. "It's been like that for me before. In the past, you've had teams on your mind for weeks and months until you face them again. In this case, we got our tussling in and our fighting, so clean slate in my book. But if something pops off, it's just the way it goes."
Zach Greinke (6-2, 4.30 ERA), the Dodgers pitcher on that fateful evening, starts Monday's opener. Ian Kennedy, who drew a 10-game suspension after he hit Yasiel Puig and Greinke with high inside pitches, triggering the melee, goes for Arizona on Tuesday.
Kennedy didn't want to talk about the significance of the matchup, calling it just another series.
It's a necessary attitude, Arizona catcher Miguel Montero said.
"It's not like this is our last series against them," he said. "We're playing them a lot so you've got to really move on. You can't even think about it ... just play them like you play everybody else."
The bench-clearing fracas drew eight suspensions from Major League Baseball.
Howell and Los Angeles infielder Skip Schumaker were suspended for two games and Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario, who proclaimed at the time "it's not over yet, not at all," drew a one-game ban. Arizona's Eric Hinske got a five-game suspension, later reduced to one game after MLB officials said he hadn't thrown a punch after all. Hinske is no longer with the team.
Kennedy eventually dropped his appeal and served the 10 games.
Gibson and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly both were suspended for a game.
Before Sunday's game against Colorado, Gibson repeated that no one was throwing intentionally at anyone's head.
"I'll re-state this again," he said. "Anybody that thinks anybody would try to hit anybody in the head, it's an illogical assumption. I don't even say that there's one person in the major leagues that could or would actually do that. I mean, people pitch inside. They're going to today, they're going to tomorrow, they're going to the day after that. That's part of the game."
The Dodgers (42-45), after a slow start, have climbed back into contention, in what so far has been a weak division, although the Diamondbacks have remained in first for some time and play 10 straight at home before the All-Star break.
Arizona (47-41) swept three games from the Rockies this weekend while the Dodgers took two of three from San Francisco. That left the Dodgers alone in second place, 4 1/2 games behind the Diamondbacks.
Los Angeles has bolstered its rotation with the addition of Ricky Nolasco.
"They're a different team than we played the last time," Gibson said. "They're getting more of their guys healthy and they're very formidable. They continue to acquire guys to make themselves better. We just have to play good baseball and try and execute to beat them. If you get distracted by the sideshow, I think you inhibit your chances to do that."
Gibson will give the ball to Randall Delgado (1-2, 3.67), who gave up two runs in seven innings of a 5-3 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday. The right-hander allowed three runs in five innings in his lone start against the Dodgers in 2011.
Greinke has won his last three starts but wasn't particularly sharp Wednesday in Colorado, yielding five runs and a career high-tying seven walks in five innings of a 10-8 victory.
The right-hander has gone 0-3 with a 6.82 ERA in six career starts against the Diamondbacks, the only team he's faced more than two times and hasn't beaten.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 7:31:26 AM EST|