|CINCINNATI ( LATOS )|
LA DODGERS ( GREINKE )
|963||CINCINNATI||+120||Ov 7,-115||+105||Ov 7,+100|
|964||LA DODGERS||-130||Un 7,-105||-115||Un 7,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-28||+1.5||36-30||4.7||0.257||0.327||3.7||0.242||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||5-2||6.1||0.308||0.374||3.0||0.262||0.310|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-29||+1.4||35-28||4.4||0.267||0.326||3.9||0.248||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.6||4-3||6.9||0.305||0.361||3.6||0.266||0.327|
|7/11/2013||LATOS(R)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)||5-6||L||100||7.5 un||O||11||6||1||11||8||3|
|7/12/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||4-2||W||120||7.5 un||U||10||9||0||4||3||0|
|7/13/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||2-5||L||-115||7 un||P||7||6||0||11||7||0|
|7/14/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||8-4||W||-105||7.5 un||O||11||8||1||9||8||0|
|7/22/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||11-0||W||110||7 un||O||17||6||0||7||5||1|
|7/23/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||SURKAMP(L)||9-3||W||-130||7.5 ov||O||15||6||0||8||8||0|
|7/23/2013||REYNOLDS(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||3-5||L||+105||8.5 un||U||10||14||0||9||6||2|
|7/24/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)||8-3||W||-120||7.5 un||O||13||10||2||15||15||1|
|7/25/2013||LATOS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|7/26/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|7/27/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|7/28/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|7/29/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||O'SULLIVAN(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||LATOS(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|7/31/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|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)||3-1||W||125||7.5 un||U||10||12||0||10||12||2|
|7/21/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||9-2||W||-115||7 un||O||15||10||1||4||4||0|
|7/22/2013||RYU(L)||@ TORONTO||JOHNSON(R)||14-5||W||115||9 un||O||16||11||0||13||8||5|
|7/23/2013||CAPUANO(L)||@ TORONTO||REDMOND(R)||10-9||W||105||9.5 ev||O||13||9||2||15||9||0|
|7/24/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)||8-3||W||105||9.5 un||O||16||13||3||5||8||2|
|7/30/2013||NOLASCO(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|7/31/2013||GREINKE(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|8/1/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|CINCINNATI: HITTING: 2B BRANDON PHILLIPS sparked the Reds offense after moving to the top of the order. But his free-swinging makes him a bad fit there. SS ZACK COZART played in only 11 games for the Reds before wrecking his non-throwing elbow, but it was still enough to convince the team they'd seen enough of PAUL JANISH in the starting role. 1B JOEY VOTTO keeps punishing pitchers. OF JAY BRUCE is in his gawky, teenage phase, but he's already emerged as a major power source. OF DREW STUBBS must cut down on his MLB-leading 206 strikeouts. He's out of the leadoff spot now, but those whiffs don't play well anywhere in the lineup. OF CHRIS HEISEY should get the starting nod in left now that Yonder Alonso is out of the picture. 3B SCOTT ROLEN is a permanent health question mark. His backup, JUAN FRANCISCO, swings for the fences. C DEVIN MESORACO is the most hyped catching prospect since Matt Wieters. RYAN HANIGAN will split squatting responsibilities with him. |
STARTING PITCHING: Considered a source of strength entering the 2011 campaign, the Reds rotation directly caused their undoing. The first step toward a remedy was trading for MAT LATOS, who began 2011 slow and got stronger as the year went on. The 24-year-old threw at least six innings with 5+ K in 16 of his final 17 starts (2.94 ERA). But that was in a much more pitcher-friendly environment. He has a decent career road ERA (3.57), and Cincy will surely give him much better run support than he received in San Diego. Last year's pitching problems began with BRONSON ARROYO, who gave up more home runs in a season than any pitcher in this millennium. He allowed more HR (46) than walks (45). JOHNNY CUETO was the one big bright spot; he hasn't maintained the strikeout rates he flashed early in his career, but he's All-Star caliber. HOMER BAILEY was a disappointment, going 9-7 with a 4.43 ERA. MIKE LEAKE actually pitched pretty well after he got his first taste of the minors to get his mechanics worked out.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Francisco Cordero flying the coop, and newcomer RYAN MADSON lost for the season with Tommy John Surgery, Cincinnati will use a closer-by-committee approach. The Reds gave up three players, including starter Travis Wood, to acquire SEAN MARSHALL, who should fit in nicely as a set-up man who's tough on both right-and left-handed batters. AROLDIS CHAPMAN is listed as the main set-up man for Marshall, but he missed out on winter ball and could be too raw to trust in the ninth inning. LOGAN ONDRUSEK is also capable of being a decent closer, with a big fastball.
|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 (CINCINNATI-LA DODGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Reds-Dodgers Preview* ======================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Cincinnati (58-44) at Los Angeles (53-47), 10:10 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Dodgers' offensive struggles to end the first half are long forgotten.
An undefeated trip will do that.
The NL West-leading Dodgers open their second-half home schedule Thursday night when Zack Greinke tries to deliver Los Angeles its first seven-game winning streak in three years and No. 100 for his career in this opener against the Cincinnati Reds.
The Dodgers (53-47) plated two total runs against Colorado in their last three games before the All-Star break, finishing the first half 2 1/2 games off the West lead. Los Angeles, though, has moved 1 1/2 in front of second-place Arizona after capping off a 6-0 trip with Wednesday's 8-3, 10-inning victory over Toronto.
The Dodgers, winners of 23 of 28 since they were last in the West on June 21, tied it in the ninth and blew it open in the 10th with homers from Mark Ellis and Yasiel Puig. They've won 10 straight on the road for the first time since opening 11-0 in 1955, when they were based in Brooklyn.
"Lately we've been able to (come back)," Ellis said after the Dodgers' second comeback win in as many nights. "That's the sign of a good team."
Los Angeles, which hit .326 and averaged 7.8 runs on its trip, last won seven straight during a nine-game run May 9-18, 2010.
Greinke (8-2, 3.36 ERA) won five consecutive starts before the Dodgers' 3-1, 10-inning victory at Washington on Saturday. The right-hander wiggled out of some rough spots - he retired the side in order just once - but he lasted six innings and allowed one run.
"Got into some jams and made some good pitches," the former AL Cy Young Award winner, 2-0 with an 0.41 ERA in his last three starts, told the Dodgers' official website. "That was a problem, getting in trouble early, but I got through it, so that was nice."
Greinke is 6-0 with a 2.09 ERA in eight career starts at Dodger Stadium, including a 5-0 mark with a 2.17 ERA this season, his first with the club.
He's 4-0 with a 2.14 ERA in six starts against the Reds after beating them twice last season while with Milwaukee.
Cincinnati (58-44), though, arrives in Los Angeles after hitting .350 and scoring 31 runs while taking three of four at San Francisco.
Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco each had eight hits in the series while combining for 13 RBIs. Frazier extended his hitting streak to seven in Wednesday's 8-3 victory, while Mesoraco drove in a pair.
The Reds continue their West Coast trip with Mat Latos (9-3, 3.53) on the hill.
The right-hander dealt with a 1-hour, 17-minute rain delay in the middle of the first inning Saturday against Pittsburgh, but wound up a 5-4 winner after yielding three runs and four hits - two homers - over five innings.
"It's not something I've had to do," Latos told the Reds' official website of the delay. "There's a first time for everything."
A win at Dodger Stadium would be a first for Latos, who has a 3.95 ERA there while losing all five starts.
Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who's batting .357 with two homers in a seven-game hitting streak at Dodger Stadium, has three homers in 16 at-bats off Greinke.
Puig, who hit his first homer in 17 games Wednesday, will get his first look at Latos. The star rookie is batting .458 at home.
Los Angeles won four of six from Cincinnati last season, including two of three at home.
|Last Updated: 10/23/2014 2:10:50 AM EST|