|LA DODGERS ( KERSHAW )|
COLORADO ( BETTIS )
|911||LA DODGERS||-220||Ov 9,-105||-210||Ov 9,+100|
|912||COLORADO||+200||Un 9,-115||+190||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||57-34||+16.8||42-44||4.2||0.267||0.327||3.4||0.239||0.291|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1||3-4||3.7||0.258||0.313||2.4||0.227||0.277|
|vs Left-handed Starters||19-29||-9||22-24||4.1||0.258||0.313||4.9||0.285||0.340|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||3-2||5.3||0.305||0.339||4.4||0.283||0.349|
|8/19/2013||RYU(L)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||2-6||L||-115||6.5 un||O||6||9||0||10||4||1|
|8/20/2013||CAPUANO(L)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)||6-4||W||-125||7.5 un||O||16||12||0||10||8||2|
|8/21/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||4-1||W||-175||7 un||U||7||7||0||6||5||3|
|8/22/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||6-0||W||-235||6 ov||P||8||10||0||6||6||0|
|8/26/2013||GREINKE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||6-2||W||-255||7 ev||O||9||9||0||5||4||0|
|8/27/2013||KERSHAW(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||2-3||L||-295||6 ov||U||7||9||2||9||13||1|
|8/28/2013||NOLASCO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||4-0||W||-210||7.5 un||U||6||4||1||3||6||1|
|8/30/2013||RYU(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||9-2||W||-210||7 ev||O||13||6||1||11||9||1|
|8/31/2013||CAPUANO(L)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||2-1||W||-160||7.5 ov||U||13||12||0||10||8||1|
|9/1/2013||GREINKE(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||2-1||W||-215||7 un||U||7||6||0||3||4||0|
|9/2/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ COLORADO||BETTIS(R)|| |
|9/3/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)|| |
|9/4/2013||RYU(L)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|9/6/2013||CAPUANO(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|9/7/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|9/8/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|9/9/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|8/19/2013||MANSHIP(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||MARTIN(R)||4-5||L||115||9 un||P||7||6||0||7||3||0|
|8/20/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||CLOYD(R)||5-3||W||-110||8.5 un||U||10||6||1||3||5||0|
|8/21/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||3-4||L||165||7.5 ov||U||11||6||1||11||9||0|
|8/22/2013||BETTIS(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||4-5||L||115||9 ev||P||9||6||1||11||9||0|
|8/23/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||3-2||W||-130||7.5 un||U||9||7||0||4||5||0|
|8/24/2013||MANSHIP(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||0-3||L||170||7 un||U||4||4||0||4||5||0|
|8/25/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)||4-3||W||-105||7 ev||P||7||4||1||5||11||2|
|8/26/2013||NICASIO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||6-1||W||-140||10.5 ov||U||13||4||0||7||9||1|
|8/27/2013||BETTIS(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||PETIT(R)||3-5||L||-120||10.5 ev||U||8||8||1||13||8||0|
|8/28/2013||CHACIN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||5-4||W||+100||9 un||P||7||6||3||5||5||2|
|8/30/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||9-6||W||+120||10 un||O||19||9||0||11||8||0|
|9/2/2013||BETTIS(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|9/3/2013||CHACIN(R)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|9/4/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|9/6/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|9/7/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|9/8/2013||BETTIS(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|9/9/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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).
|COLORADO: HITTING: This offense still has trouble scoring outside of Coors Field, posting the second-fewest road runs in the majors (3.65 per game). SS TROY TULOWITZKI doesn't need the thin air though, posting an .881 OPS on the road. He led Colorado with a .302 BA, 30 HR, 105 RBI. OF CARLOS GONZALEZ was bothered by wrist and back injuries last year, but still managed to smack 26 homers with 92 RBI and 92 runs. OF DEXTER FOWLER will bat first or second after a strong .363 OBP. He could score 100 runs if he improved his base stealing (12 SB, 9 CS). OF MICHAEL CUDDYER gets the Coors Field Bump, while TYLER COLVIN settles into the 4th-OF role. Colorado has question marks with its corner infielders. 1B TODD HELTON is 38 with a bad back, and mediocre 3B CHRIS NELSON will start until top prospect NOLAN ARENADO is ready for the big leagues. 2B MARCO SCUTARO carries a louder stick than most two-baggers and C RAMON HERNANDEZ (.788 OPS) is an upgrade over the departed Chris Iannetta. |
STARTING PITCHING: There are plenty of question marks in Colorado's rotation with Ubaldo Jimenez pitching in the AL and two of its top three starters coming off major injuries. JORGE DE LA ROSA had Tommy John surgery and won't likely return to a big-league mound until June. De La Rosa had a 1.19 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 59 innings before his injury. JHOULYS CHACIN will be counted on as the rotation's ace and he certainly has the physical tools and array of pitches to live up to this billing if he can trim his 87 walks in 194 innings. Former Baltimore 'ace' JEREMY GUTRHIE threw for 200+ innings in each of his past three seasons, but he's also served up 86 gopher balls in this span. That's not a good sign of things to come in the thin air. JUAN NICASIO took a line drive off the head and broke his C-1 vertebrae in August, but the team amazingly expects him to ready when the season begins. The 25-year-old has great command for such a young hurler. GUILLERMO MOSCOCO fared pretty well as a starter with the A's last year (.209 Opp. BA), but his 4.70 road ERA nearly doubled his 2.42 ERA in Oakland . Lefty DREW POMERANZ, 23, has a wealthy array of pitches and performed admirably in three of his four starts after being called up last season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Although he was the team's main set-up man last year, RAFAEL BETANCOURT becomes the Rockies closer with Huston Street out of the picture. After struggling at Coors Field in 2010 (4.99 ERA, 7 HR), he thrived in the thin air last year with a 1.93 ERA, and just 1 HR allowed in 32.2 innings. But he turns 37 in April and is one of the riskier saves men with little closing experience in his career. MATT BELISLE figures to be next in line for saves, notching 70 K and 16 BB at Coors Field since 2010. MATT REYNOLDS is the top lefty in the pen, but his 2011 season was nothing to write home about (4.09 ERA, 10 HR allowed in 50.2 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Rockies Preview* =========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Los Angeles (80-55) at Colorado (64-73), 4:10 p.m. EDT
Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw wasn't at his best in his latest outing but he's performed well in recent matchups with the Colorado Rockies.
The Dodgers haven't been as consistent against the Rockies.
Seeking a fifth straight win, Los Angeles hopes to shake its recent struggles against Colorado in Monday's series opener at Coors Field.
Kershaw (13-8, 1.72 ERA) had a three-game win streak snapped during his shortest outing in four months, a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. He gave up two runs, but needed 107 pitches to get through 5 2-3 innings and allowed seven hits, his most in 12 outings.
"You're never going to have your best stuff every game, so you've got to figure out ways to get some guys out regardless," said Kershaw, who also walked three. "There were too many guys on base, too many walks, too many times behind in the count."
Kershaw is 2-1 with a 1.74 ERA and 33 strikeouts in his last four starts against Colorado, including three this season. He tossed a four-hitter in his most recent visit to Coors Field on July 2, but was on the wrong end of a 3-0 loss July 12 at Dodger Stadium despite fanning 10.
Los Angeles is 6-7 against Colorado this season and has split its six games in Denver. It's unclear if the Dodgers will have Matt Kemp available for this series.
The Dodgers were hoping to get Kemp back from his rehab assignment Monday but manager Don Mattingly indicated they might give the outfielder more minor league at-bats. Kemp was 0 for 11 with five strikeouts in his first three games with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.
The Dodgers (81-55) might be fine without him for a while as they have a stacked outfield with Carl Crawford in left, Andre Ethier manning Kemp's usual spot in center and star rookie Yasiel Puig in right.
Puig hit his 14th home run to lead Los Angeles to a 2-1 victory and a sweep of San Diego on Sunday.
The Rockies (65-73) have won two of three over each of their last three opponents, including playoff contender Cincinnati this past weekend. Colorado, batting .319 in its last six games, had 12 hits in Sunday's 7-4 victory.
Michael Cuddyer had four of those hits, homered and drove in three runs while Todd Helton recorded his 2,500th career hit.
"It took me three days to get it. ... I started feeling a little bit of the pressure, so it's a relief. I can go out and play and relax and finish this year with a bang," Helton said.
Rookie right-hander Chad Bettis will try to help the Rockies keep rolling by earning his first major league win. Bettis (0-3, 4.80) gave up four runs and a career-high nine hits in six innings of a 5-3 loss to San Francisco on Tuesday.
Recently acquired infielder Michael Young is the only Dodgers player to have faced Bettis, going 0 for 3. Young, acquired from Philadelphia on Saturday, is expected to meet his new teammates Monday and will likely come off the bench for Los Angeles.
Helton has gone 17 for 39 (.436) while hitting safely in 13 of his last 14 games against the Dodgers. The Rockies, though, likely won't have Dexter Fowler for this game as he's dealing with a bruised left knee.
Fowler's absence could help Kershaw as he's batting .421 (16 for 38) against the left-hander, the best average of any player who's had 25 or more matchups.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 10:53:49 AM EST|