|LA DODGERS ( RYU )|
ARIZONA ( SKAGGS )
|909||LA DODGERS||+100||Ov 9,-110||-105||Ov 8.5,-105|
|910||ARIZONA||-110||Un 9,-110||-105||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-18||-8.2||16-15||3.3||0.259||0.317||4.4||0.263||0.336|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||3-4||6.1||0.310||0.355||3.7||0.227||0.292|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-14||+2.1||10-18||4.0||0.263||0.329||3.6||0.247||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||3-4||4.9||0.273||0.328||3.0||0.233||0.276|
|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)||6-1||W||100||8.5 ov||U||17||11||0||4||4||1|
|7/9/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)||6-1||W||105||9 un||U||10||7||1||5||5||2|
|7/10/2013||RYU(L)||@ ARIZONA||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|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)||1-6||L||-110||8.5 ov||U||4||4||1||17||11||0|
|7/9/2013||KENNEDY(R)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||1-6||L||-115||9 un||U||5||5||2||10||7||1|
|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* ==============================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Los Angeles (43-45) at Arizona (47-42), 9:40 p.m. EDT
A game from getting back to .500 for the first time since April, the surging Los Angeles Dodgers continue to close the gap on the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks.
With talented rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu on the mound, the visiting Dodgers go for their first series sweep of the Diamondbacks in three years Wednesday night.
A winner of three straight and 14 of 17, Los Angeles (44-45) last sat at .500 when it was 13-13 on April 30. The Dodgers are 2 1/2 games behind the Diamondbacks (47-43), who were last swept by their division rival twice during the 2010 season.
Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs and Ricky Nolasco threw seven strong innings in his team debut Tuesday in Los Angeles' second straight 6-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.
"It just gives you more confidence when you're adding it to (Clayton) Kershaw, (Zack) Greinke and Hyun-Jin, three pretty kind of top-notch guys there at the top of the rotation," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Then to add Ricky, if he can pitch like this, every time you go out there you think you've got a good chance to win."
Gonzalez is batting .410 with eight RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak versus Arizona.
However, Hanley Ramirez's 19-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-4 performance. The veteran infielder is still batting .462 in his last 21 games.
Ryu (7-3, 2.82 ERA) improved to 1-0 with a 2.21 ERA in his last three starts after he allowed two runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 10-2 win at San Francisco on Friday.
"I changed my delivery a little and the outcome was not too bad," he told the Dodgers' official website. "Everything worked out."
Despite a 4.50 ERA, the left-hander is 1-0 in two starts against the Diamondbacks this year.
Martin Prado had an RBI and one of the five hits for Arizona, which averaged 6.4 runs and 12.0 hits while winning five in a row prior to recording the two runs and nine hits in this series.
Despite the Diamondbacks' offensive struggles, All-Star Paul Goldschmidt is 10 for 24 in the last six games. He's hit .362 against the Dodgers this season, and is 3 for 6 with a double versus Ryu.
Scheduled Arizona starter Tyler Skaggs (2-1, 3.65) looks to build on his fourth start of the season. Hours after the left-hander was recalled from Triple-A Reno, he allowed three hits in eight innings of a 5-0 victory over Colorado on Friday.
"I feel awesome," said Skaggs, who was sent down June 10 after he yielded five runs each in consecutive starts. "It's great. To be up here this young is a dream come true."
Skaggs, a southern California native who turns 22 on Saturday, gave up a home run to Ramirez in five innings while not factoring in the decision of a 2-1 loss at Dodger Stadium in Sept. 1.
Facing the Dodgers for the first time since serving a 10-game suspension for his role in a bench-clearing brawl between the teams last month, Arizona's Ian Kennedy hit Ramirez in the first inning Tuesday. Los Angeles' Ronald Belisario hit Miguel Montero in the leg in the ninth but nothing resulted from either incident - at least not immediately.
"It's not over," Belisario said, "but it wasn't on purpose."
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:59:33 PM EST|