|LA DODGERS ( GREINKE )|
WASHINGTON ( GONZALEZ )
|905||LA DODGERS||+125||Ov 7,-110||+115||Ov 7.5,+105|
|906||WASHINGTON||-135||Un 7,-110||-125||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-18||-6.2||17-16||3.5||0.263||0.324||4.4||0.258||0.329|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.8||1-6||3.4||0.247||0.315||2.1||0.207||0.257|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-36||-10.6||35-32||3.6||0.241||0.299||4.1||0.256||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.4||1-6||2.7||0.242||0.308||3.3||0.248||0.298|
|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)||3-2||W||145||7.5 ov||U||8||5||0||9||6||0|
|7/20/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|7/21/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|7/22/2013||RYU(L)||@ TORONTO||JOHNSON(R)|| |
|7/23/2013||CAPUANO(L)||@ TORONTO||REDMOND(R)|| |
|7/24/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)|| |
|7/26/2013||KERSHAW(L)||CINCINNATI|| || |
|7/27/2013|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|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)||2-3||L||-155||7.5 ov||U||9||6||0||8||5||0|
|7/20/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|7/26/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|7/26/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|7/27/2013|| ||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
Zack Greinke finds himself on the verge of career victory No. 100 after winning each of his last five outings.
Gio Gonzalez has shined bright during a four-start winning streak of his own.
In what sets up as a pitchers' duel, Greinke takes the mound opposite Gonzalez when the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers continue a three-game set against the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.
While it took some time to find his groove after missing over a month with a broken left collarbone, Greinke (8-2, 3.49 ERA) proved unbeatable toward the end of the first half. The right-hander has posted a 2.50 ERA and limited opponents to a .208 average during his winning streak.
"I think the last few starts are more vintage Greinke. He's as tough a pitcher as you're going to find in the game," teammate Skip Schumaker told MLB's official website.
"It's a lot of fun to play behind (him), because you don't have a lot of time to think about anything else besides what he's trying to do to get outs. Greinke is one of the smartest pitchers I've been around. He's pretty tough when he's on his game."
Greinke was at his best last Saturday in a 1-0 win over Colorado, pitching a two-hitter and striking out nine for his first complete game of the year.
"I stayed good all the way through, I haven't done that in a while," said Greinke, who won a career-high nine straight starts Sept. 13, 2008-May 4, 2009, while with Kansas City. "I felt good out there. It was a fun game."
Greinke has compiled a 1.86 ERA in winning each of his three career outings against the Nationals (48-48). He yielded one run and five hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 3-1 victory May 15.
Gonzalez (7-3, 3.03) also enters this marquee matchup on a roll, posting a 2.00 ERA during his run. In his final start before the All-Star break, Gonzalez surrendered one run and six hits over seven innings in a 5-1 victory at Philadelphia on July 10.
The left-hander, who has been backed by 29 runs of support during his winning streak, had received a combined 13 while going winless in his previous eight outings.
"I have the same focus and trying to attack the strike zone," he said.
In his only matchup versus Los Angeles, Gonzalez yielded two runs, three hits and five walks in six innings in a 2-0 road loss April 29, 2012.
The surging Dodgers (48-47) picked up right where they left off before the break, winning 3-2 on Friday. Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer and Andre Ethier delivered a tiebreaking solo shot in the ninth as Los Angeles improved to an NL-best 18-5 since June 22.
"It's weird how confidence can really sometimes sway things, and that feeling can really sway things either way," said Ethier, whose club was 12 games below .500 on June 21. "It was really tough to get that confident, good feeling going. Hopefully we can keep it going."
Ramirez is batting .420 with eight homers, 24 RBIs and 23 runs in his last 27 games. The Dodgers have won 13 straight and are 16-3 when Ramirez drives in a run.
The Nationals' loss was their sixth in eight games, a stretch during which they have gone 5 for 55 with runners in scoring position. Washington went 1 for 9 in such situations Friday, dropping to 5-13 in its last 18 meetings against Los Angeles.
|Last Updated: 8/31/2014 3:38:21 AM EST|