|LA DODGERS ( NOLASCO )|
WASHINGTON ( STRASBURG )
|951||LA DODGERS||+140||Ov 7.5,+110||+150||Ov 7.5,-115|
|952||WASHINGTON||-150||Un 7.5,-130||-160||Un 7.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||31-29||-4.3||31-27||4.0||0.260||0.320||3.8||0.248||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.4||1-6||3.9||0.274||0.337||2.0||0.189||0.240|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-35||-9.1||35-31||3.6||0.241||0.299||4.1||0.256||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4||1-6||2.7||0.232||0.300||3.3||0.256||0.310|
|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||NOLASCO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|7/20/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|7/21/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|7/22/2013||RYU(L)||@ TORONTO|| || |
|7/23/2013||CAPUANO(L)||@ TORONTO|| || |
|7/24/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)|| |
|7/25/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|7/26/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|7/5/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||8-5||W||-150||8 un||O||10||7||0||10||5||1|
|7/6/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||5-4||W||-215||8.5 ov||O||12||6||0||9||6||0|
|7/7/2013||STRASBURG(R)||SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)||11-7||W||-230||7.5 ov||O||11||7||1||12||11||2|
|7/8/2013||HAREN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LANNAN(L)||2-3||L||-110||9 ov||U||6||5||1||10||10||0|
|7/9/2013||JORDAN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||2-4||L||135||8.5 ov||U||7||8||2||8||3||0|
|7/10/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||5-1||W||115||7 ov||U||10||8||1||7||7||2|
|7/11/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||1-3||L||-135||8 ev||U||5||5||0||9||7||4|
|7/12/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||3-8||L||-165||7 un||O||6||10||0||9||7||0|
|7/13/2013||HAREN(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||1-2||L||115||7.5 un||U||7||9||1||4||7||1|
|7/14/2013||JORDAN(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||5-2||W||-140||8.5 un||U||14||11||0||11||7||0|
|7/19/2013||STRASBURG(R)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|7/20/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|7/25/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|7/26/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|7/26/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|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).
|WASHINGTON: HITTING: The Nats were among the eight worst teams in the majors in runs (3.88 per game), BA (.242), OBP (.309) and OPS (.691). Much of that had to do with the first two spots in the batting order hitting .285 OBP and .283 OBP respectively. OF ROGER BERNADINA (.301 OBP) and SS IAN DESMOND (.298 OBP) were the regular 1-2 hitters in the order. $126 million OF JAYSON WERTH was also to blame, batting .232 with a meager 58 RBI in 561 at-bats. 3B RYAN ZIMMERMAN also missed two months with an abdominal problem and had a down year with 12 HR and 49 RBI in 101 games. But OF MIKE MORSE had a breakout season, leading the Nats in batting (.303), HR (31) and RBI (95). 1B ADAM LaROCHE suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in June, but should be fully healed. Washington is counting on a pair of talented 24-year-olds to contribute a little more in 2B DANNY ESPINOSA (.236 BA, 21 HR) and C WILSON RAMOS (15 HR in 389 AB). |
STARTING PITCHING: STEPHEN STRASBURG is back fully healed from Tommy John surgery, but will reportedly be limited to 160 innings in 2012. That's still enough time to strike out 150 batters and win a dozen games though. In sending four quality prospects to Oakland, the Nats paid a huge price for GIO GONZALEZ. They hope he can overcome his control issues and become an elite No. 2. Well-traveled EDWIN JACKSON was also brought in to help bolster the rotation. He joins his sixth different club since 2008, but Jackson is just 28 years old and was serviceable after being traded to St. Louis last year (5-2, 3.58 ERA). JORDAN ZIMMERMANN was in the same boat as Strasburg last year, coming off elbow surgery and limited to 161.1 innings. But in that time, he had a team-best 3.18 ERA and 4.0 K-to-BB ratio (124 K, 31 BB). JOHN LANNAN remains the top lefty in the Nats rotation with a team-high 10 wins in 2011. He dominated left-handed hitters last year (.211 BA, 55 K in 185 AB), but still needs to improve his weak 1.4 K-to-BB ratio (106 K, 76 BB).
RELIEF PITCHING: DREW STOREN had a phenomenal first year as a full-time closer, saving 43-of-48 games with a 2.75 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 74 K in 75.1 innings. His role will remain the same in 2012 once he returns from the 15-day DL (elbow) to start the season. Newcomer BRAD LIDGE was limited to 25 innings because of shoulder problems last year, but he appears to be the closer until Storen returns. The Nats have arguably the best set-up man in the game in TYLER CLIPPARD, who led the majors with 38 holds and posted a 1.83 ERA and 0.84 WHIP for the season. He held opponents to a .162 average and fanned 104 batters in 88.1 innings of work. Lefty SEAN BURNETT saw a huge decline in his numbers, as his ERA rose from 2.14 to 3.81 and his WHIP jumped from 1.14 to 1.32. This was mostly due to a diminishing strikeout rate (8.9 to 5.2 last year).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Nationals Preview* ===========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Los Angeles (47-47) at Washington (48-47), 7:05 p.m. EDT
After entering the All-Star break as one of baseball's hottest teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers are hoping to see their success carry over in the second half.
Visiting Los Angeles opens a three-game set Friday night against the Washington Nationals' Stephen Strasburg, who tries to bounce back from one of the worst starts of his career.
The Dodgers (47-47) failed to meet expectations for much of the season before going a major league best-tying 17-5 since June 22 to climb within 2 1/2 games of NL West-leading Arizona. Los Angeles, averaging 3.8 runs to rank 26th in the majors, has posted 4.8 per game and a 2.91 ERA in its last 22.
"I was really proud of the way they have persevered. We've been through a lot," manager Don Mattingly told MLB's official website. "We've put ourselves in a good position. But we're not there yet. ... We've got to be ready to play."
"It really is a short second half, and it doesn't start in an easy manner. We go through the Nationals, a club that needs to get on a roll themselves."
Sitting six games behind NL East-leading Atlanta, Washington (48-47) ranks in the bottom third of nearly every offensive category.
"Obviously we are a better team than what we have shown," said third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, whose club entered the break in a 2-5 funk. "Whatever happened in the first half has happened. You can't do anything about it. You have to learn from it. Just go out, play the second half. ... If we go on a run, have a good 25-game stretch, we are right back in it."
While the Nationals would normally be feeling good about giving the ball to Strasburg (5-7, 2.99 ERA), he's coming off an outing to forget. The right-hander was tagged for a career-high seven earned runs and lasted two innings last Friday in an 8-3 loss at Miami.
"You just have to hang in there, I guess. It's tough. It happens to everybody. It's all about how you bounce back," he said. "You are always trying to get better, always trying to learn. It's these types of games where you have nothing working. You take a step back, just pick it apart a little bit. You kind of see the flaws a little bit more."
Strasburg has proven nearly flawless in two career matchups versus Los Angeles, posting a 0.75 ERA and striking out 13 in 12 innings.
Strasburg will get his first look at Yasiel Puig, who has carried the Dodgers since debuting June 3. The 22-year-old Cuban defector is hitting .391 with eight homers, 19 RBIs, 28 runs and five stolen bases in his first 38 games.
Hanley Ramirez has also given Los Angeles a huge lift, batting .427 with seven homers and 22 RBIs over a 26-game stretch.
"Yasiel brought a ton of energy to us and Hanley was right with him," Mattingly said.
The Dodgers give the ball to Ricky Nolasco (6-9, 3.76), who has posted mixed results in two starts since coming over from the Marlins on July 6. After allowing one run in seven innings to beat Arizona 6-1 in his team debut July 9, Nolasco surrendered three runs, eight hits and three walks in five innings Sunday in a 3-1 loss to Colorado.
Nolasco is 4-2 with a 2.32 ERA in seven career starts at Nationals Park. While Nolasco has had his way with Jayson Werth (4 for 34), Ian Desmond (3 for 16) and Zimmerman (4 for his last 20), Bryce Harper is 9 for 20 with two homers in their matchups.
The Nationals have hit .210 in dropping 12 of 17 to the Dodgers.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 4:00:33 PM EST|