|ARIZONA ( DELGADO )|
LA DODGERS ( NOLASCO )
|957||ARIZONA||+145||Ov 7.5,+105||+145||Ov 7.5,+105|
|958||LA DODGERS||-155||Un 7.5,-125||-155||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-49||-5.5||43-51||4.2||0.253||0.317||4.4||0.257||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2||1-6||2.4||0.222||0.284||3.7||0.243||0.291|
|vs Right-handed Starters||59-37||+15.5||44-47||4.3||0.267||0.325||3.4||0.242||0.295|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||3-4||4.4||0.269||0.309||4.3||0.282||0.340|
|8/26/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||6-1||W||-125||8.5 un||U||8||6||1||5||4||1|
|8/27/2013||HOLMBERG(L)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||10-9||W||-115||9 un||O||12||12||1||14||12||0|
|8/28/2013||MILEY(L)||SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)||1-5||L||-175||8.5 ov||U||10||10||0||11||4||0|
|8/30/2013||DELGADO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||0-1||L||-125||8.5 un||U||7||8||0||3||6||0|
|8/31/2013||CAHILL(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||4-3||W||-130||8.5 ev||U||12||11||0||11||9||0|
|9/1/2013||CORBIN(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||PETIT(R)||2-8||L||-180||8 un||O||9||7||0||15||7||0|
|9/5/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||4-2||W||100||7 ov||U||10||9||0||9||7||0|
|9/6/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||PETIT(R)||0-3||L||-125||7 un||U||1||1||1||8||6||0|
|9/7/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||2-1||W||130||7 un||U||10||9||0||6||5||0|
|9/8/2013||MILEY(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-3||L||130||6.5 ov||U||10||9||0||9||10||0|
|9/9/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|9/10/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ LA DODGERS||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|9/11/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|9/16/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|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)||2-3||L||110||9 un||U||5||2||0||7||6||0|
|9/7/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||3-4||L||110||7.5 ov||U||10||9||0||11||11||1|
|9/8/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||2-3||L||-125||6.5 ov||U||6||4||0||6||7||1|
|9/12/2013||GREINKE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|9/13/2013||KERSHAW(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|9/14/2013||NOLASCO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|9/15/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|9/16/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|ARIZONA: HITTING: Arizona's offense placed ninth in the majors in runs (4.5 per game), homers (172) and OPS (.736), thanks in big part to its young outfield trio. OF JUSTIN UPTON, 24, had a career year and led his team with a .289 BA, 31 HR, 88 RBI, 105 runs and a .369 OBP. OF GERARDO PARRA may have won a Gold Glove, but OF JASON KUBEL is the new leftfielder. Kubel's power numbers will improve in the desert. OF CHRIS YOUNG's .236 BA was poor, but his .331 OBP allowed him to score 89 times and swipe a team-high 22 SB. 1B PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, 24, belted 30 homers in 103 Double-A games and continued his power in the majors with eight bombs in 156 at-bats. 3B RYAN ROBERTS (19 HR, 86 runs) and C MIGUEL MONTERO (18 HR, 86 RBI) also had career-best seasons. 2B AARON HILL was a great midseason acquisition from Toronto, tallying an .878 OPS in 33 games with Arizona. SS STEPHEN DREW batted only .252 with 5 HR in half a season before fracturing his ankle. He'll probably return in early May, and speedy WILLIE BLOOMQUIST will replace him in the starting lineup. |
STARTING PITCHING: D-backs starters won 71 games, sixth-most in baseball. IAN KENNEDY won 21 of those contests and led the team with a 2.88 ERA and 198 strikeouts. He also held batters to a .210 BA at hitter-friendly Chase Field. DANIEL HUDSON was strong in all facets as well, notching 16 wins, 169 K and a 3.49 ERA. He pitches like a seasoned veteran, but he's only 25. Newcomer TREVOR CAHILL was 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA in his first 10 starts before finishing 6-13 with a 5.25 ERA. Don't expect a huge comeback going from a pitcher's park to a hitter's park. The Diamondbacks brought back innings eater JOE SAUNDERS, which closed the door for stud prospect WADE MILEY to begin 2012 in Arizona's starting rotation. Once the first-round draft pick from 2008 cuts down on his walks, everything else should fall into place, and he should be pitching for the big club come September. JOSH COLLMENTER burst on the scene with his crazy delivery and was unhittable in his first six starts (1.05 ERA, 0.76 WHIP). He predictably tailed off, but still led the rotation with a 1.07 WHIP, walking just 28 batters in 154.1 innings.
RELIEF PITCHING: Arizona led the majors with 58 saves, as J.J. PUTZ tallied 45 of those. He didn't allow a run in his final 18 appearances, finishing with a 2.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 9.5 K per 9 IP. He was unhittable on the road, giving up just one run on nine hits in 24.1 innings (.113 opp. BA). Putz does have a history of being injured, and if he gets hurt again, DAVID HERNANDEZ proved a worthy replacement, saving 11 games last year and posting a strong 10.0 K per 9 IP rate. He held opponents to a meager .193 BA. BRAD ZIEGLER was even better after Arizona acquired him at the deadline. In 23 appearances with the D-backs, the side-arming Ziegler notched a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.
|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 (ARIZONA-LA DODGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Diamondbacks-Dodgers Preview* ==============================
Arizona (72-69) at Los Angeles (83-58), 10:10 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Dodgers could have the right pitcher on the mound to help them end their longest losing streak since early May.
They'll try to end a four-game slide Monday night at home when they send the surging Ricky Nolasco to face the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Los Angeles (83-59) was swept over the weekend in a three-game series in Cincinnati, although it still leads second-place Arizona (72-70) by a commanding 11 games. The Dodgers, however, have missed a chance to gain ground on NL-leading Atlanta, trailing the Braves by two games in the race for home-field advantage.
This is the club's longest slide since an eight-game skid May 1-10.
Nolasco (12-9, 3.26 ERA) is 7-1 with a 2.27 ERA with the Dodgers, who acquired him from Miami on July 6. He is 6-0 with a 2.11 ERA in his last nine outings, yielding two runs over six innings in Tuesday's 7-4 victory at Colorado.
"He's been great because he's pitched well pretty much every time out," manager Don Mattingly said. "He's kind of solidified that fourth guy for us and that's where we had been searching."
The right-hander, who has pitched 20 1-3 consecutive scoreless innings at home, is 7-2 with a 3.84 ERA in 10 career starts against the Diamondbacks - 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA in two this year.
Nolasco will face an Arizona team that totaled eight runs while hitting .230 in splitting four games in San Francisco to start a seven-game trip.
"We have not swung the bats very well at all, especially in the good situations," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "We're not in a good streak right now."
Slugger Paul Goldschmidt is enduring a season-high 17-game homerless drought since hitting his 31st on Aug. 20. Goldschmidt is batting .365 with four homers and 14 RBIs in the season series, and is 2 for 8 against Nolasco.
Gerardo Parra is 1 for 14 versus Nolasco while Didi Gregorius is 6 for 9 and Aaron Hill 5 for 9.
Arizona will be short-handed since Cliff Pennington returned home after Sunday's 3-2, 11-inning loss to the Giants to be with his wife, who will undergo induced labor Monday. Martin Prado has missed the last two games with an illness.
The Diamondbacks are 7-5 against the Dodgers this year, including a 5-1 mark at Dodger Stadium - where they have won 15 of 20.
They will start Randall Delgado (4-5, 3.69), who is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in his last six starts. The right-hander's lone outing against the Dodgers this year was a 6-1 loss July 8 in which he surrendered three runs and a career-high 11 hits over six innings.
All of the Dodgers' losses to the Reds were by one run, but Mattingly was more satisfied after Sunday's 3-2 defeat - the club's second straight in walk-off fashion.
"I was happier with our game tonight than I was the first two," the manager said. "I wasn't that excited about our focus. Tonight was better for me. Our focus was better."
Adrian Gonzalez is batting a team-high .391 in the season series with nine RBIs while Carl Crawford is 5 for 33 (.152).
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 4:54:20 AM EST|