|COLORADO ( NICASIO )|
LA DODGERS ( KERSHAW )
|913||COLORADO||+215||Ov 6.5,-110||+225||Ov 6.5,-125|
|914||LA DODGERS||-235||Un 6.5,-110||-245||Un 6.5,+105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-23||-10.6||16-20||4.0||0.256||0.313||5.0||0.288||0.345|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.5||2-5||1.9||0.202||0.252||5.1||0.297||0.373|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-27||-1.6||31-24||4.2||0.265||0.324||3.9||0.249||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.4||2-5||5.9||0.297||0.362||2.1||0.187||0.230|
|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)||0-8||L||+135||9 un||U||4||4||0||14||8||1|
|7/3/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||8-10||L||-105||9.5 ov||O||10||10||1||17||7||0|
|7/4/2013||CHACIN(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||9-5||W||-135||10 ov||O||12||5||0||13||11||1|
|7/5/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ ARIZONA||SKAGGS(L)||0-5||L||125||8.5 un||U||3||2||0||10||5||0|
|7/6/2013||POMERANZ(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||1-11||L||165||9 un||O||6||4||0||12||7||0|
|7/7/2013||OSWALT(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||1-6||L||175||8.5 ev||U||3||3||0||11||5||0|
|7/8/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||4-2||W||125||7.5 un||U||9||8||0||7||9||0|
|7/9/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||1-2||L||115||7 un||U||4||6||0||9||8||0|
|7/10/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||5-4||W||125||7 un||O||13||12||1||7||9||1|
|7/11/2013||POMERANZ(L)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||1-6||L||140||8.5 ev||U||7||5||1||13||11||0|
|7/12/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|7/13/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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)||7-5||W||100||8.5 un||O||15||13||1||9||8||0|
|7/19/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|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).
|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).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (COLORADO-LA DODGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Dodgers Preview* =========================
Colorado (44-49) at Los Angeles (46-45), 10:10 p.m. EDT
A Colorado Rockies lineup that featured the return of two starters nearly failed to score in the opener of this four-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
It likely won't get any easier to get on the board against Clayton Kershaw.
The Dodgers have won five straight and have taken Kershaw's last seven home starts against the Rockies heading into Friday night's matchup.
Colorado (44-49) welcomed back Troy Tulowitzki and Dexter Fowler in Thursday's 6-1 loss. Tulowitzki had been out since June 13 with a fractured rib while Fowler last played June 25 due to a bone bruise in his right hand.
Each went 0 for 4, and the Rockies only avoided a shutout on Carlos Gonzalez's homer in the ninth inning.
Tulowitzki and Fowler have fared well against Kershaw (8-5, 1.89 ERA). Tulowitzki has nine hits in his last 26 at-bats versus the left-hander while Fowler has the most hits of any player against Kershaw, going 15 for 34.
It still figures to be a challenge for the Rockies against the pitcher with the lowest ERA and opponent batting average (.186) in the majors. Kershaw has won a season-high three straight outings, yielding three runs over 25 innings.
The middle game of that run was a four-hitter in an 8-0 victory July 2 at Coors Field.
Kershaw could produce similar results Friday since he's 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA in his last seven home starts against the Rockies - all victories for Los Angeles. He owns baseball's seventh-lowest run support average at 3.25, but could get some more help this time.
The Dodgers (46-45) have to like their chances against Juan Nicasio (4-4, 5.31), who went 0-3 with a 6.43 ERA in his last seven outings before he was sent to the minors June 27. Nicasio went 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA in two starts at Triple-A Colorado Springs, and the Rockies believe he will fare better now.
"It's throwing strikes, being in good counts, being more efficient," manager Walt Weiss told the Rockies' official website. "It's got to be a put-away pitch, so he doesn't have to deal with extended at-bats. We all know he's got the big arm, but it's a matter of being more efficient and getting strike one."
The right-hander is 1-2 with a 5.22 ERA in six career starts against the Dodgers. Andre Ethier is 7 for 12 against him while Nicasio has yet to face Cuban rookie sensation Yasiel Puig.
Ethier may be back in the lineup after he did not start Thursday, but he will have to begin a new hitting streak. He replaced Puig in center field and had a sacrifice fly in his lone at-bat, which was enough to end a nine-game run in which he went 16 for 38.
Mattingly said Puig had tweaked his left hip in his previous at-bat, so he was removed for precautionary reasons.
"It had been bothering me since I ran into the wall in Colorado," Puig said through an interpreter.
Mark Ellis had three hits and four RBIs as Los Angeles moved above .500 for the first time since April 15.
Puig, 7 for 17 against Colorado, finished second to Atlanta's Freddie Freeman in fan voting for the final NL All-Star spot.
The Dodgers have won 16 of 19 while the Rockies have dropped eight of 11.
"We're confident and we've got momentum," Mattingly said. "It's a good time to kind of keep it rolling knowing there are going to be days when it's not like this."
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:16:07 PM EST|