|LA DODGERS ( CAPUANO )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( SAMARDZIJA )
|903||LA DODGERS||-120||Ov 8.5,-105||-115||Ov 7.5,-110|
|904||CHICAGO CUBS||+110||Un 8.5,-115||+105||Un 7.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-31||+0.5||35-31||4.3||0.266||0.325||3.8||0.245||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.2||1-6||3.1||0.260||0.309||1.9||0.179||0.210|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-18||+0.9||12-19||3.4||0.236||0.293||4.1||0.245||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.4||2-5||3.0||0.237||0.299||4.0||0.247||0.324|
|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)||3-2||W||-160||7 un||U||10||6||0||5||3||0|
|7/31/2013||KERSHAW(L)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||0-3||L||-185||6 un||U||6||6||1||6||5||0|
|8/1/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||6-4||W||-125||8.5 ov||O||12||7||1||5||4||0|
|8/2/2013||RYU(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||6-2||W||-125||9 ov||U||9||10||0||14||10||1|
|8/3/2013||CAPUANO(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|8/4/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|8/5/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|8/6/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)|| |
|8/7/2013||RYU(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|8/8/2013||CAPUANO(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|8/9/2013||GREINKE(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|8/10/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|7/20/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||3-9||L||145||10 ov||O||8||8||2||13||10||0|
|7/21/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||3-4||L||150||10.5 ev||U||10||12||1||5||3||1|
|7/22/2013||RUSIN(L)||@ ARIZONA||SKAGGS(L)||4-2||W||175||9 un||U||11||7||0||6||7||0|
|7/23/2013||WOOD(L)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||4-10||L||165||7.5 un||O||7||9||0||14||7||2|
|7/24/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)||7-6||W||125||8 ov||O||11||7||1||12||16||2|
|7/25/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||1-3||L||155||8.5 ev||U||6||7||0||7||7||0|
|7/26/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||3-2||W||150||7 un||U||8||11||0||5||5||2|
|7/27/2013||RUSIN(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||1-0||W||220||7 un||U||5||7||0||5||10||2|
|7/28/2013||WOOD(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||2-1||W||135||7 un||U||5||5||2||5||9||0|
|8/1/2013||RUSIN(L)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||4-6||L||+115||8.5 ov||O||5||4||0||12||7||1|
|8/2/2013||WOOD(L)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-6||L||+115||9 ov||U||14||10||1||9||10||0|
|8/3/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|8/4/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|8/6/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|8/7/2013||RUSIN(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|8/8/2013||WOOD(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LANNAN(L)|| |
|8/9/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|8/10/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|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).
|CHICAGO CUBS: HITTING: 'Under New Management' is the motto in Wrigleyville, where Epstein, Hoyer, Sveum and Co. aim to turn SS STARLIN CASTRO and a bunch of straw into gold. OF DAVID DeJESUS was an underrated first pick-up. But OFs ALFONSO SORIANO and MARLON BYRD are overpaid and over the hill. C GEOVANY SOTO has lost his mojo. New 3B IAN STEWART has a lousy career OPS of .737 away from Coors Field. 1B BRYAN LaHAIR is tagged as part of a 'youth movement,' but he's almost 30. The other youths'2B DARWIN BARNEY, IF JEFF BAKER, and IF BLAKE DEWITT 'are interchangeable guys with low ceilings. Fourth OF TONY CAMPANA is fast but one-dimensional. And minor-league reinforcements are scarce. OF BRETT JACKSON is solid, but blocked in the lineup. And former uber-prospect 3B JOSH VITTERS has done nothing to justify his third-overall draft status. This rebuilding process will take time. Meanwhile, somewhere in the Chicago suburbs, Jim Hendry quietly sobs into a pile of Cubs-themed stuffed animals. |
STARTING PITCHING: RYAN DEMPSTER should bounce back from an unlucky year in which there was nearly a full-run difference between his ERA and his FIP. He's no ace in good times, but he's an underrated and dependable source of innings and strikeouts. MATT GARZA didn't disappoint in his debut season on the North Side, but he was an odd acquisition to begin with: the Cubs dealt top prospects from a thin system when all signs pointed to a belly-flop of a season. He's already trade bait again. JEFF SAMARDZIJA is moving to the rotation after a strong year in the bullpen (2.97 ERA, 87 K in 88 IP), but he needs to cut down on his walks (5.1 per 9 IP). What killed TRAVIS WOOD in 2011 was uncharacteristic wildness. His walk total spiked by over 50 percent from 2010. He's better than this, though it's hard to say how much. It could be that a 40-inning jump from 2010 to 2011 aided his freefall. Subpar newcomers PAUL MAHOLM and CHRIS VOLSTAD will also compete for rotation spots. The lefty Maholm is coming off his best season in Pittsburgh (3.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), but was awful after the All-Star break (0-5, 5.75 ERA, .355 Opp. BA). The 6-foot-8 Volstad was 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA for the Marlins last year, but still has time to figure things out at age 25.
RELIEF PITCHING: Because of his contract and the head-scratching faith in the 'closer mentality' that still pervades even the most enlightened front offices, CARLOS MARMOL will enter the 2012 campaign with a near-ironclad grip on ninth-inning duties for the Cubs. Trading away Sean Marshall, arguably Chicago's best reliever last season, is yet another vote of confidence for Marmol. His lack of command leads to more hittable pitches (along with tons of walks), though his ceiling for strikeouts and saves is sky-high. KERRY WOOD will be the main set-up man again after a triumphant return to Chicago last season (3.35 ERA, 57 K in 51 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-CHICAGO CUBS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Cubs Preview* ======================
By PAUL DIGIACOMO STATS Senior Editor
Los Angeles (58-49) at Chicago (49-59), 4:05 p.m. EDT
In 1955, the Chicago Cubs prevented the Dodgers from matching a team record for consecutive road victories. Chicago had another chance to accomplish that feat in the second game of this series but Los Angeles won, and now the 2013 Dodgers can stand alone atop the franchise record books.
Los Angeles goes for its 13th straight win away from home Saturday, and it will send a pitcher to the mound who has dominated the Cubs.
The Brooklyn Dodgers came into Wrigley Field on May 11, 1955, with an opportunity to win their 12th consecutive road game and tie the team mark set by the Brooklyn Robins in 1924, but the Cubs put an end to that streak with a 10-8 victory.
The Dodgers (59-49) arrived in Chicago this week with 10 wins in a row on the road, the longest run since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1958, and they've won the first two of this four-game set to equal the franchise record.
Los Angeles has won 29 of 36 overall to vault into first place in the NL West.
"It's pretty special," said Nick Punto, who had two hits and drove in two runs in Friday's 6-2 win. "Pretty cool. Since 1924 someone was saying. That's really cool. This is a really special team."
The Dodgers appear to have a good chance to set the record with Chris Capuano (3-6, 4.54 ERA) getting the ball. He's 7-0 with a 1.55 ERA and two complete games in his last nine starts against the Cubs.
Capuano hasn't allowed a run over 24 innings in winning his last three starts at Wrigley Field, and he's 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA in seven starts there.
The left-hander, though, has been inconsistent since the end of June; he's allowed zero, seven, six, zero, five and zero runs in his past six starts.
Capuano gave up three hits and didn't issue a walk in 6 2-3 innings Sunday as the Dodgers beat Cincinnati 1-0 in 11 innings on Yasiel Puig's walkoff home run.
Los Angeles is 36-17 since calling Puig up from Double-A Chattanooga on June 3, and he's put on quite a show so far in this series. The 22-year-old is 4 for 7 with a homer, two walks, a hit by pitch and has made some dazzling catches in the outfield.
Another young player has excelled in this series.
Chicago outfielder Junior Lake, 23, went 4 for 5 on Friday after hitting a pair of solo home runs Thursday. Lake, batting .358, is the first Cubs player since at least 1916 to collect four hits twice in his first 16 games.
"(I) feel so good," he said through an interpreter. "(I'm seeing) the ball real well now."
Jeff Samardzija (6-9, 3.75) will try to give Cubs fans something to cheer about with Chicago (49-60) dropping five of six on its eight-game homestand.
The right-hander has pitched well since allowing a career high-tying nine runs in a 13-2 loss to the Angels on July 10, going 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his past three outings.
Samardzija gave up three hits, walked two and struck out seven over seven scoreless innings Monday before Milwaukee scored five times in the ninth to come away with the win.
He lost his only start against the Dodgers after allowing five runs over 5 1-3 innings in Los Angeles on Aug. 3, 2012.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 11:29:42 PM EST|