|COLORADO ( CHACIN )|
LA DODGERS ( NOLASCO )
|909||COLORADO||+130||Ov 7.5,-105||+125||Ov 7.5,+115|
|910||LA DODGERS||-140||Un 7.5,-115||-135||Un 7.5,-135|
|vs Right-handed Starters||31-27||+2.4||28-27||4.8||0.270||0.323||4.2||0.261||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.6||1-6||2.1||0.200||0.256||3.0||0.248||0.324|
|vs Right-handed Starters||31-28||-3||31-26||4.1||0.261||0.321||3.8||0.246||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+3.7||1-6||4.3||0.279||0.344||1.7||0.164||0.205|
|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)||0-1||L||140||7 ov||U||2||2||1||4||5||0|
|7/14/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|7/21/2013|| ||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||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|7/20/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|7/21/2013|| ||@ 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), 4:10 p.m. EDT
Ricky Nolasco was raised less than an hour from Dodger Stadium. Now, he gets the chance to pitch there for the team he grew up supporting.
The right-hander looks to build on a strong Los Angeles debut when he makes the first home start for his new club Sunday against the Colorado Rockies.
One exciting aspect of last weekend's four-player deal that sent Nolasco (6-8, 3.70 ERA) from Miami to Los Angeles (47-46) was that the southern California native can regularly pitch at Chavez Ravine.
"I couldn't be more excited to play in front of my family and friends in Dodger Stadium during this season and hopefully for many more seasons to come," said Nolasco, who grew up in nearby Corona.
Though he went 0-1 with an 8.18 ERA in two starts at Dodger Stadium for the Marlins, Nolasco hopes his first Los Angles home start goes as well as his debut Tuesday. He gave up a run and four hits in seven innings of a 6-1 victory at Arizona.
"I was pretty pumped up," said Nolasco, who also had two hits with an RBI. "I haven't been that locked in a long time. It worked out great. I was able to make good pitches. I was definitely excited. The energy and adrenaline was going those first few innings, so it was awesome."
Owner of a 6-2 record and 4.75 ERA as a starter against the Rockies (45-50), Nolasco tries to follow up teammate Zack Greinke's stellar two-hitter from Saturday's 1-0 victory.
Greinke allowed singles to Jonathan Herrera and Todd Helton and struck out nine to win his fifth straight start and remain undefeated at Dodger Stadium. Hanley Ramirez had one of Los Angeles' four hits off Tyler Chatwood and drove in the lone run on a groundout in the first.
The Dodgers won for the 17th time in 21 games minus star rookie Yasiel Puig, who could miss a second straight contest with a sore hip. Puig is batting .392 with eight homers and 19 RBIs in 37 games.
"He has some tightness in that area and we just don't want to take any chances with him," manager Don Mattingly told the Dodgers' official website. "We'll see how he is (Sunday)."
Ramirez has hit .441 with 22 RBIs in his last 25 games but is 0 for 5 versus scheduled Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin (8-4, 3.62), who is 1-0 despite posting a 6.94 ERA in two starts versus Los Angeles this year.
The right-hander's five-start winning streak ended Tuesday even though he allowed a run and five hits in six innings of a 2-1 loss at San Diego.
"It's been that way with him a lot this year," manager Walt Weiss said about Chacin, who has a 2.01 ERA in the last six starts. "He gave up some soft hits again. It was good to see him minimize the damage."
Chatwood pitched eight strong innings but received no support from the Rockies, who have averaged 1.8 runs while going 3-6 on this 10-game trip.
"That was definitely a tough one," Chatwood said. "I threw the ball (well Saturday), but that's just how it goes."
Helton has batted .429 in his last 13 games against the Dodgers, and is 6 for 15 versus Nolasco.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 1:20:40 PM EST|