|CINCINNATI ( ARROYO )|
LA DODGERS ( RYU )
|963||CINCINNATI||+120||Ov 7.5,+105||+115||Ov 7.5,+105|
|964||LA DODGERS||-130||Un 7.5,-125||-125||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||19-17||-0.3||14-20||3.9||0.249||0.318||3.5||0.226||0.283|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||3-3||5.6||0.296||0.351||2.6||0.263||0.296|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-30||+1.3||35-29||4.3||0.266||0.325||3.8||0.248||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.4||4-2||6.9||0.321||0.374||3.7||0.252||0.305|
|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)||5-2||W||100||7 un||P||10||6||1||9||8||0|
|7/26/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-2||L||165||6.5 un||U||6||4||0||7||5||0|
|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)|| |
|8/2/2013||ARROYO(R)||ST LOUIS|| || |
|8/3/2013|| ||ST LOUIS|| || |
|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||11||12||0||10||12||1|
|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||KERSHAW(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)|| |
|8/2/2013||RYU(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|8/3/2013|| ||@ 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 JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Cincinnati (59-45) at Los Angeles (54-48), 9:10 p.m. EDT
The Cincinnati Reds finally cooled off a little bit on Friday night.
Bronson Arroyo looks to cap off a wildly successful July by getting the Reds back on track Saturday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Arroyo (9-7, 3.19 ERA) has gone 3-1 with a 1.61 ERA this month, and opposing batters are hitting just .172 off the right-hander in four July starts. That included a dazzling effort to open up the Reds' 11-game West Coast trip, as he tossed a seven-hitter Monday in an 11-0 rout of the San Francisco Giants.
His sixth career shutout improved his mark to 6-0 with a 1.32 ERA in nine starts this year when pitching after a Reds loss, yielding only 10 runs in 68 1-3 innings, and they have won all nine games.
"I try not to pitch any different, but to be honest, sometimes there's an urgency to the mood in the clubhouse," Arroyo said. "This game is very difficult and nobody can go out there and just say, 'I'm going to win the ballgame today.' So, it's partly probably luck and a bit of trying to just really want to not let your team slide downhill again."
Arroyo was typically precise against the Giants, avoiding any walks, and is seventh in the majors with 1.56 free passes per nine innings.
He also has recently fared quite well against the Dodgers. After some early struggles in his career, he is 4-0 with a 2.30 ERA in his last six starts against them.
While the Dodgers (54-48) have won 10 straight away from home and a major league-best 24 of 30 overall, they have split their last six at home and scored just six runs over their last five games at Dodger Stadium.
Hanley Ramirez accounted for Los Angeles' offense in Friday's 2-1 win with a sixth-inning home run and is batting .389 (14 for 36) with three homers and three doubles while hitting safely in all eight games since the All-Star break. He's also reached safely in 34 straight contests.
"He's been swinging a hot bat," first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. "When he's going like this, we kind of all jump on his back."
They'll also look to ride Hyun-Jin Ryu (8-3, 3.25), who is 4-0 with a 1.95 ERA in his last eight starts at Dodger Stadium following a slightly shaky major league debut.
The Dodgers have won Ryu's last five starts, and his next victory will tie him with Jae Seo for the most wins by a South Korean pitcher in his rookie season. Ryu leads all rookies with 122 innings pitched, and his eight wins trail only St. Louis' Shelby Miller, who has 10.
After allowing three runs or fewer in 10 straight starts, during which he had a 2.25 ERA, he has allowed four or more in his last two. He labored to a win at Toronto on Monday, giving up four runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings as the Dodgers won 14-5.
The Reds (59-45) had averaged 7.2 runs through their first five games on this trip and reached double figures in hits in each contest before Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen held them to four doubles and two singles.
"They've got a great team over there, great lineup," Kershaw said. "The key is to get these middle guys and not to give them any opportunities."
Reds right fielder Jay Bruce extended his hitting streak to six games with a seventh-inning single but has as many hits (9) as strikeouts over 23 at-bats in that span.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 8:22:22 AM EST|