|COLORADO ( CHATWOOD )|
LA DODGERS ( GREINKE )
|959||COLORADO||+170||Ov 7,-120||+140||Ov 7,-115|
|960||LA DODGERS||-180||Un 7,+100||-150||Un 7,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||31-26||+3.4||28-26||4.8||0.273||0.326||4.3||0.263||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.6||2-5||2.3||0.216||0.270||4.4||0.274||0.355|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-28||-4||31-25||4.1||0.263||0.322||3.9||0.249||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.7||1-6||4.4||0.275||0.335||2.3||0.185||0.228|
|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)||3-0||W||215||6.5 ov||U||7||8||0||4||6||0|
|7/13/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||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|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||@ 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* =========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Colorado (45-49) at Los Angeles (46-46), 7:15 p.m. EDT
No matter which park Zack Greinke has called home in recent years, he's been practically unbeatable in those surroundings.
While Greinke tries to win a fifth straight start and remain undefeated at Dodger Stadium, teammate Yasiel Puig might not be in the Los Angeles lineup Saturday against the Colorado Rockies.
Whether pitching in Milwaukee, with the Los Angeles Angels or up the 5 freeway for the Dodgers (46-46), Greinke (7-2, 3.91 ERA) is 24-2 with a 3.23 ERA in 38 regular season and playoff home starts since the beginning of the 2011 season. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 2.53 ERA all-time at Chavez Ravine, including 4-0 with a 2.70 ERA in six starts during his first season with the Dodgers.
Greinke, who has a 3.33 ERA while winning four straight starts overall, gave up two hits and struck out seven over seven scoreless innings of a 6-1 win at Arizona on Monday.
"This is probably maybe the second time he's had this kind of stuff," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Hopefully we're trending toward this more consistently."
Though Greinke will try to win five consecutive starts for the first time since July 27-Aug. 17, 2011, he needs more outings like his latest.
"It's got to be more consistent," he said. "(Monday) was good but it can't just be one game and then a couple of OK games and then a bad game and then a good game."
Greinke is 1-0 in two starts against the Rockies this season - both at Coors Field - despite recording a 7.84 ERA and walking 10 in 10 1-3 innings. He matched a career high with seven walks and allowed five runs in five innings of a 10-8 win over the Rockies on July 3.
It's possible Puig won't be behind him Saturday because of a sore hip.
After leaving in the eighth inning of Thursday's 6-1 win over the Rockies (45-49), the rookie phenom exited in the fourth of a 3-0 loss Friday. He's batting .392 with eight homers and 19 RBIs in 37 games.
"There are a lot of games left in the season," Puig said. "I'll rest, get some treatment and see how it feels (Saturday)."
Mattingly doesn't seem too concerned.
"If he's healthy (Saturday), he'll play," he said.
Teammate Carl Crawford also could miss a second straight game because of a stiff lower back.
The Dodgers managed three of their four hits Friday against Colorado's Juan Nicasio, who outpitched Clayton Kershaw and helped snap their five-game winning streak. Los Angeles has lost four times in 20 games.
With a double Friday, Los Angeles' Hanley Ramirez is batting .444 in his last 24 games. He's hitting .448 (13 for 29) versus Colorado this season and is 4 for 7 against scheduled starter Tyler Chatwood (5-2, 2.74).
The right-hander allowed five hits over six scoreless innings during a 12-2 win at Dodger Stadium on April 29, but gave up six runs and 11 hits in five innings against Greinke and Los Angeles last week.
He was much better Monday when yielding two runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 4-2 win at San Diego to improve to 3-1 with a 1.26 ERA in five road starts this season.
"I just wanted to go right after guys," Chatwood told the Rockies' official website.
D.J. LeMahieu had three hits with an RBI on Friday for Colorado, which won for the fourth time in 12 contests. He's batting .355 (11 for 31) with four RBIs against the Dodgers in 2013.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:48:48 PM EST|