|SAN FRANCISCO ( BUMGARNER )|
LA DODGERS ( KERSHAW )
|963||SAN FRANCISCO||+180||Ov 6,-110||+170||Ov 6,+110|
|964||LA DODGERS||-190||Un 6,-110||-180||Un 6,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||21-28||-9.4||20-25||3.9||0.270||0.322||4.2||0.251||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||1-5||3.4||0.267||0.343||3.0||0.254||0.311|
|vs Left-handed Starters||24-23||-5||21-25||3.6||0.263||0.321||4.0||0.256||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.5||2-5||3.4||0.233||0.274||2.9||0.243||0.315|
|8/30/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)||1-0||W||115||8.5 un||U||3||6||0||7||8||0|
|8/31/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||3-4||L||120||8.5 ev||U||11||9||0||12||11||0|
|9/1/2013||PETIT(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||8-2||W||170||8 un||O||15||7||0||9||7||0|
|9/2/2013||ZITO(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||1-4||L||120||8 un||U||8||9||0||4||2||0|
|9/3/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)||2-3||L||-145||7 un||U||11||11||0||7||6||1|
|9/4/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||13-5||W||100||7 un||O||17||4||0||9||7||1|
|9/10/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||8-9||L||-115||7 un||O||14||12||0||14||8||0|
|9/12/2013||CAIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||2-3||L||160||6.5 ov||U||9||9||1||9||9||0|
|9/13/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|9/14/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|9/15/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ LA DODGERS||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|9/17/2013||PETIT(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|9/18/2013||CAIN(R)||@ NY METS||HARANG(R)|| |
|9/19/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|9/20/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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)||3-2||W||-170||6.5 ov||U||9||9||0||9||9||1|
|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||RYU(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|9/17/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|9/18/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|9/19/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|9/20/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|SAN FRANCISCO: HITTING: The Giants scored the second-fewest runs in the majors. But the additions of OF MELKY CABRERA (.305 BA, 18 HR, 87 RBI, 102 runs) and OF ANGEL PAGAN (32 SB) at the top of the order will certainly help. C BUSTER POSEY's surgically repaired ankle should be fully healed for the start of the season, and the 25-year-old's .368 OBP is certainly needed. 3B PABLO SANDOVAL was the team's best hitter in 2011 (.315 BA, 23 HR, 70 RBI) and was the only legitimate power source. The right side of the infield consists of veteran players past their prime. 1B AUBREY HUFF had his worst season, hitting .246 with 12 HR, but the 35-year-old will continue to bat in the middle of the lineup. 2B FREDDY SANCHEZ, 34, missed 50+ games for the third straight year as he suffered a torn labrum. SS BRANDON CRAWFORD has a slick glove but he's not close to being a legitimate major-league hitter (.204 career BA). OF BRANDON BELT, 23, has future star potential, but will be in a reserve role. OF NATE SCHIERHOLTZ (.756 OPS) provides a reliable bat in right field. |
STARTING PITCHING: San Francisco ranked second in the majors in ERA (3.28), strikeouts (5.4 per game) and Opp. BA (.237). TIM LINCECUM was the ace once again with a 2.74 ERA and 220 strikeouts, but carried a sub-.500 record (13-14). Including playoffs, Lincecum has thrown an average of 230 innings per season since 2008. MATT CAIN also had a phenomenal year, carting a 2.88 ERA, team-best 1.08 WHIP and fanning 179 batters. He allowed only nine home runs in 221.2 innings of work. 22-year-old lefty MADISON BUMGARNER had a solid first full season, finishing with a 3.21 ERA, and a 4.2 K-to-BB ratio (191 strikeouts, 46 walks). RYAN VOGELSONG was an unbelievable story, returning to the majors for the first time since 2006 and going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA. Although he's 34, his arm has plenty of innings left. BARRY ZITO will likely earn the final spot in the rotation as prospect ERIC SURKAMP gets more seasoning in Triple-A. Zito posted a career-worst 5.87 ERA while Surkamp carted a 1.84 WHIP in six starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: The success of the San Francisco bullpen hinges on BRIAN WILSON, who had a down year (1.47 WHIP, 54 K, 31 BB) because of elbow problems. Surgery was not required for his ailment, so expect a nice bounce-back season from this elite closer. If Wilson gets injured again, SERGIO ROMO could get called upon in the late innings. But even if he doesn't save a game, he still has plenty of value as a set-up man, notching a gaudy 13.1 strikeout rate and 0.71 WHIP last year. In 48 innings, he struck out 70 batters and only walked five. JEREMY AFFELDT is the top lefty in the Giants pen. He notched a strong 2.63 ERA and also tallied a career-best 1.15 WHIP last year.
|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 (SAN FRANCISCO-LA DODGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Giants-Dodgers Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
San Francisco (66-81) at Los Angeles (86-60), 10:10 p.m. EDT
Runs weren't easy to come by in the opener of this four-game set between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.
Fans can expect more of the same when Clayton Kershaw takes the hill opposite Madison Bumgarner on Friday night at Chavez Ravine.
The NL West-leading Dodgers (86-60) had dropped five of seven before getting back on track with Thursday's 3-2, 10-inning victory. After Zack Greinke went toe-to-toe with Matt Cain, Adrian Gonzalez delivered a game-winning RBI single as Los Angeles reduced its magic number to five for clinching its first division title since 2009.
The Dodgers improved to 6-1 in their last seven matchups against San Francisco (66-81).
Los Angeles now turns to Kershaw (14-8, 1.92 ERA), who leads the majors in ERA and base runners allowed per nine innings (8.42). The 2011 NL Cy Young Award winner has also recorded NL bests with 208 strikeouts and 216 innings pitched.
The left-hander, though, hasn't been at his best of late. After giving up a season-high five earned runs and career-worst 11 hits in five innings in a 10-8 road win over Colorado on Sept. 2, Kershaw offered up two solo homers to Jay Bruce over seven innings in Sunday's 3-2 walkoff loss at Cincinnati.
"I felt a lot better," Kershaw said. "Obviously, you'd like things to go differently."
Kershaw has to be feeling good about bouncing back against the Giants. He is 11-4 with a 1.32 ERA in the series, his lowest mark against any NL club.
Kershaw has won three straight home starts versus San Francisco while yielding a combined three runs and striking out 22 in 25 innings. He has limited Hunter Pence to one hit in his last 32 at-bats in their matchups, and Brandon Crawford is 1 for 14. Brandon Belt has also struggled, going 3 for 27 with 13 strikeouts.
Bumgarner (11-9, 2.82), meanwhile, has baffled several of Los Angeles' hitters, including Mark Ellis (1 for 16), Gonzalez (2 for 20), Andre Ethier (3 for 22) and Hanley Ramirez (3 for 17).
Bumgarner surrendered two runs in seven innings to beat Los Angeles 4-2 on July 6, improving to 6-2 with a 2.10 ERA in his last eight matchups in the series. He has been especially good at Dodger Stadium, going 4-2 with a 1.70 ERA.
Bumgarner has gone 0-3 with a 3.27 ERA during a seven-start stretch overall while receiving an average of 2.40 runs of support. The southpaw allowed four hits and struck out nine over six scoreless innings Sunday in a 3-2, 11-inning win over Arizona.
"It doesn't matter if I get the win or not, that's out of our control," he said. "All the starters are trying to do is compete, eat up some innings and keep us in it."
Ramirez exited in the seventh inning Thursday for precautionary reasons with mild tightness in his left hamstring, leaving his status for this game unknown.
Facing his former team for the first time since signing with the Dodgers in July, Brian Wilson tossed a scoreless 10th to earn the win.
"It's obviously different hitting him instead of catching him, but just looking at the velocity of the cutter and the fastball, it's pretty close to where he always is," Giants catcher Buster Posey said.
The loss ended last-place San Francisco's streak of four consecutive winning seasons.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 12:21:47 AM EST|