|LA DODGERS ( CAPUANO )|
CINCINNATI ( LEAKE )
|907||LA DODGERS||+120||Ov 9,+100||+115||Ov 9,+110|
|908||CINCINNATI||-130||Un 9,-120||-125||Un 9,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||59-34||+18.8||44-44||4.3||0.269||0.329||3.4||0.241||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5||4-3||5.6||0.314||0.364||3.3||0.271||0.304|
|vs Left-handed Starters||22-23||-4.4||17-25||3.8||0.241||0.306||3.6||0.231||0.283|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||5-1||5.1||0.297||0.371||4.0||0.245||0.285|
|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)||10-8||W||-220||9 un||O||15||10||0||18||9||2|
|9/3/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||7-4||W||100||9 un||O||12||9||1||8||4||2|
|9/4/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||5-7||L||125||10 un||O||11||8||1||11||6||2|
|9/6/2013||CAPUANO(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|9/7/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|9/8/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|9/12/2013||GREINKE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|9/13/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|8/26/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)||6-8||L||-105||9 un||O||6||5||0||8||3||1|
|8/27/2013||LATOS(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||1-6||L||-120||8 ov||U||8||8||1||11||6||0|
|8/28/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||10-0||W||130||7.5 ov||O||13||7||1||5||7||0|
|8/30/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||6-9||L||-130||10 un||O||11||8||0||19||9||0|
|8/31/2013||REYNOLDS(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||8-3||W||105||10.5 un||O||13||7||1||7||3||0|
|9/1/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||4-7||L||-120||10 un||O||15||11||0||12||7||0|
|9/2/2013||LATOS(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||7-2||W||-120||7.5 un||O||12||10||0||4||3||0|
|9/3/2013||BAILEY(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||1-0||W||-140||8 un||U||5||6||0||2||4||0|
|9/4/2013||ARROYO(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||4-5||L||-115||8 un||O||10||9||1||12||7||0|
|9/5/2013||CINGRANI(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||6-2||W||-150||8 un||P||10||11||0||5||4||0|
|9/6/2013||LEAKE(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|9/7/2013||LATOS(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|9/8/2013||BAILEY(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|9/9/2013||ARROYO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|9/10/2013||CINGRANI(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|9/11/2013||LEAKE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)|| |
|9/13/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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).
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Reds Preview* ======================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Los Angeles (83-56) at Cincinnati (78-62), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers are in great position to make the playoffs, but the Reds would love to head to the postseason as NL Central champions.
To boost its hopes of claiming that title, Cincinnati could use an improved performance against the Dodgers and a better outing from Mike Leake in Friday night's series opener.
The Reds (79-62) own a seven-game advantage for the NL's final wild-card spot, but they're also within three games of Pittsburgh in their division after winning three of four over second-place St. Louis this week.
Cincinnati outscored the Cardinals 18-9 and posted a 1.67 ERA during the set, which concluded with a 6-2 victory for the Reds on Thursday.
"That was a big series right there," manager Dusty Baker said. "(A 5-4 loss in 16 innings Wednesday) still hurts, but that's OK. We've got a resilient team."
The Reds' next opponent has a sizable lead in the NL West, and the Dodgers helped themselves in that race by winning six straight before a 7-5 loss in Colorado on Wednesday. The big cushion has allowed Los Angeles (83-56) to give star rookie Yasiel Puig some time to rest an ailing knee.
Puig had a pinch-hit appearance Wednesday, but manager Don Mattingly wouldn't say if he would return to the lineup Friday.
Given his recent starts, Leake (11-6, 3.51 ERA) likely wouldn't mind seeing the .350 hitter on the bench. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 7.22 ERA in his last six starts and gave up six runs over 4 1-3 innings in a 7-4 loss in Colorado on Sunday.
"I still feel like I'm making pitches," Leake said. "Just two or three mistakes per game kind of got me."
Leake will try to end his slump while helping the Reds improve on their 3-7 record against the Dodgers since the beginning of last season. Los Angeles won three of four at home in the only other matchup this season July 25-28 and has won four of its last five games in Cincinnati.
Leake is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in three starts against Los Angeles. In this matchup, he'll pitch opposite Chris Capuano (4-7, 4.41), who is starting in place of an ailing Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Ryu is dealing with back stiffness and Capuano might prove a capable replacement as he has a 0.71 ERA in his last two starts against Cincinnati. He gave up three hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 1-0 victory July 28 and heads into this game after a strong performance against San Diego on Saturday.
Capuano allowed one run over seven innings but did not get a decision in a 2-1 victory, keeping him winless in his last five outings. The left-hander is competing with recently acquired Edinson Volquez for time in the rotation.
"There's always pressure in a sense that there's always someone ready to take your spot if you're not getting it done," Capuano told the team's official website. "The only pressure is me just trying keep up with these other guys and give us a chance to win."
Joey Votto is hitting .444 (8 for 18) against Capuano but is 4 for 37 (.108) in his last 10 games. Andre Ethier is 5 for 9 with two homers versus Leake.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 7:19:03 AM EST|