|CINCINNATI ( CINGRANI )|
LA DODGERS ( CAPUANO )
|913||CINCINNATI||-110||Ov 7.5,-110||-110||Ov 7.5,+110|
|914||LA DODGERS||+100||Un 7.5,-110||+100||Un 7.5,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||19-18||-1.3||14-21||3.8||0.245||0.314||3.5||0.228||0.285|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.1||3-3||5.4||0.291||0.331||2.7||0.279||0.311|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-18||-5||17-17||3.5||0.264||0.324||4.3||0.258||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.2||4-2||7.0||0.328||0.380||3.7||0.229||0.277|
|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)||1-4||L||110||7.5 un||U||2||2||0||10||5||0|
|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||MILLER(R)|| |
|8/3/2013||CINGRANI(L)||ST LOUIS|| || |
|8/4/2013|| ||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||GREINKE(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|7/31/2013||KERSHAW(L)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|8/1/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)|| |
|8/2/2013||RYU(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|8/3/2013||CAPUANO(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|8/4/2013|| ||@ 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 (59-45) at Los Angeles (54-48), 4:10 p.m. EDT
It was just a little more than a month ago when the Los Angeles Dodgers were facing their largest deficit of the season in the NL West.
The Dodgers can now build their largest division lead on Sunday with a little help and a third consecutive victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Since they were a season-high 9 1/2 back of the West lead on June 21, Los Angeles (55-48) has gone a major league-best 25-6. Saturday's 4-1 victory, coupled with Arizona's 12-3 loss to San Diego, extended the Dodgers' division lead to a season high-tying 1 1/2 games.
Los Angeles, winner of six of eight over the Reds (59-46), closes out this four-game set with Chris Capuano (3-6, 5.03 ERA) on the mound.
The left-hander has been charged with five earned runs in three of his last four starts, including Tuesday's 10-9 win at Toronto. Capuano needed 90 pitches to get through 4 1-3 innings.
"It was a tough day personally," he told the Dodgers' official website.
Capuano has faced the Reds once as a Dodger, throwing six innings of one-run ball in a 3-1 win July 3, 2012.
The Reds, who had two hits Saturday, have plated one run in each of the last two contests after averaging 7.2 in the first five on their West Coast trip.
Cincinnati will try to provide a little more support for Tony Cingrani (4-1, 3.18) in his first start against the Dodgers.
The left-hander is back from the Arizona Rookie League after being added to the roster as the Reds' 26th player in Tuesday's doubleheader at San Francisco. Cingrani went 6 2-3 innings in the opener, giving up two runs in a 9-3 victory.
"I was battling myself a little bit," he told the Reds' official website after his career-high 118-pitch outing. "I couldn't get my offspeed pitches over too much, but it was enough to get through six, and then I struggled a little in the seventh."
Skip Schumaker is the only Dodger to have faced Cingrani, drawing a walk in their only matchup last season when Schumaker was with St. Louis. It's uncertain if Schumaker will get another start in left field after going 2 for 4 with a homer Saturday in place of Carl Crawford, who went to the emergency room earlier in the day with a high fever.
"I was going to play (Crawford) today, but he didn't look great when I saw him," manager Don Mattingly told the Dodgers' official website. "So we're going to shoot for (Sunday).
Crawford has hit safely in seven straight after going 3 for 4 in Friday's 2-1 victory.
Hanley Ramirez, who hit a two-run homer in that win, will try to extend his hitting streak to 10 after driving in Yasiel Puig with a double Saturday.
Reds right fielder Jay Bruce can push his team-best hitting streak to eight after hitting a solo shot Saturday.
Bruce is 3 for 10 with two homers against Capuano. All-Stars Brandon Phillips (14 for 32) and Joey Votto (5 for 16) have gone deep once off Los Angeles' starter.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 11:36:13 PM EST|