|SAN FRANCISCO ( VOGELSONG )|
LA DODGERS ( VOLQUEZ )
|963||SAN FRANCISCO||+125||Ov 8,-105||+125||Ov 8,-120|
|964||LA DODGERS||-135||Un 8,-115||-135||Un 8,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-53||-15.6||48-48||3.9||0.260||0.318||4.4||0.251||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4||2-3||6.1||0.311||0.387||3.4||0.274||0.325|
|vs Right-handed Starters||62-38||+17||47-48||4.3||0.267||0.325||3.5||0.243||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.8||3-3||3.4||0.247||0.299||5.1||0.275||0.332|
|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)||4-2||W||165||6 un||P||9||4||0||10||10||1|
|9/14/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||19-3||W||145||7 ov||O||22||10||0||8||7||3|
|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||LINCECUM(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|9/21/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|9/22/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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)||2-4||L||-175||6 un||P||10||10||1||9||4||0|
|9/14/2013||NOLASCO(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||3-19||L||-155||7 ov||O||8||7||3||22||10||0|
|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||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)|| |
|9/21/2013||RYU(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||SMITH(R)|| |
|9/22/2013|| ||@ 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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
San Francisco (68-81) at Los Angeles (86-62), 4:10 p.m. EDT
A banged-up Los Angeles Dodgers offense has struggled to score runs recently.
The pitching was even worse Saturday in a historic loss to the San Francisco Giants.
They'll look to Edinson Volquez - who has looked improved since joining the club - to try to salvage a series split at home on Sunday.
Hunter Pence was at the forefront of a 22-hit onslaught in the Giants' 19-3 victory on Saturday - the most runs ever allowed by Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium.
"This was one of those games. We've probably had four or five of them all year," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "I think it's probably a lot easier to write one of these off than it is to blow a two-run lead in the ninth, a game you really should have won. We really didn't have a chance to win this game."
Pence was 3 for 5 with a grand slam and a career-high seven RBIs, while Brandon Belt also registered career highs with five hits and six runs driven in. Pence is batting .431 over his last 14 games with seven homers - including three over his last three contests - and 22 RBIs.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers' (86-62) magic number remained at four with Arizona's 9-2 victory over Colorado. They were without Andre Ethier and Hanley Ramirez - in addition to Matt Kemp's continued absence - and have scored nine runs over their last four games. While they're batting a solid .254 in those contests, they've also stranded 34 runners are 3 for 28 with runners in scoring position.
Ethier left Friday's game and is likely to miss a couple contests as he deals with shin splints, according to the team's official website, while Ramirez will miss at least Sunday's game due to an irritated nerve in his back. Kemp, who is trying to come back from a sprained ankle, is set to be evaluated by the team on Monday.
Volquez (9-11, 5.99 ERA) struggled mightily in 27 starts for San Diego earlier this year, going 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA. After being picked up as a free agent on Aug. 30, he was solid in his second start for Los Angeles, giving up three runs and four hits over six innings of a 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
He's walked one batter in 10 innings with the Dodgers after averaging 4.36 walks per nine innings with the Padres.
"Tonight everything was great," he told the team's official website. "Finally I brought everything I was doing in the bullpen with the pitching coach into the game and was consistent in the strike zone. I'm more confident now. My fastball command was better."
The Giants (68-81) will counter with Ryan Vogelsong (3-5, 5.82), who gave up a season-high seven runs and nine hits over 4 2-3 innings of a 10-9 win over the Dodgers on May 4.
Vogelsong has allowed 12 runs and seven walks in his last three starts, spanning 15 2-3 innings.
Pence is just 5 for 31 off Volquez with 15 strikeouts.
Despite being 18 1/2 games behind Los Angeles, San Francisco owns an 8-7 edge in the season series. After Sunday, the teams will meet three more times at AT&T Park from Sept. 24-26.
|Last Updated: 10/23/2014 5:44:26 AM EST|