|LA DODGERS ( NOLASCO )|
ARIZONA ( MILEY )
|959||LA DODGERS||+115||Ov 8.5,-120||+100||Ov 8.5,-105|
|960||ARIZONA||-125||Un 8.5,+100||-110||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||25-24||-5.8||22-25||3.7||0.265||0.324||3.9||0.256||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.5||3-3||3.6||0.263||0.322||6.1||0.278||0.354|
|vs Right-handed Starters||52-53||-6.9||50-51||4.2||0.255||0.320||4.5||0.259||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||5-2||5.7||0.325||0.403||3.7||0.272||0.317|
|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)||3-4||L||-115||8 ev||U||9||10||0||6||4||1|
|9/16/2013||RYU(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||1-2||L||-105||9 un||U||4||8||0||2||1||0|
|9/17/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||9-3||W||-105||7.5 ov||O||12||9||0||8||7||0|
|9/18/2013||FIFE(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||4-9||L||110||9.5 ov||O||12||5||0||12||14||0|
|9/19/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|9/20/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)|| |
|9/21/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||SMITH(R)|| |
|9/22/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|9/24/2013||RYU(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|9/25/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|9/26/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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)||1-8||L||150||7.5 un||O||4||7||1||12||6||1|
|9/10/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ LA DODGERS||VOLQUEZ(R)||3-5||L||115||7.5 un||O||5||3||2||7||9||0|
|9/11/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||4-1||W||115||7 un||U||15||9||0||8||8||1|
|9/16/2013||CAHILL(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-1||W||-105||9 un||U||2||1||0||4||8||0|
|9/17/2013||CORBIN(L)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||3-9||L||-105||7.5 ov||O||8||7||0||12||9||0|
|9/18/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||9-4||W||-120||9.5 ov||O||12||14||0||12||5||0|
|9/19/2013||MILEY(L)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|9/20/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|9/22/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)|| |
|9/23/2013||MCCARTHY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|9/24/2013||MILEY(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|9/25/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|9/26/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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).
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Diamondbacks Preview* ==============================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Los Angeles (87-65) at Arizona (77-74), 3:40 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Dodgers may be sputtering, but they're still on the brink of clinching their first NL West title in four years.
The Arizona Diamondbacks, however, aren't making it easy.
The Dodgers get another chance to book a trip to the postseason Thursday, when they conclude four-game series with the Diamondbacks.
Los Angeles (87-65) has dropped 10 of its last 14, but still owns a 9 1/2-game lead on second-place Arizona (77-74) with 10 to play.
With their magic number at two, the Dodgers just need one more win over the Diamondbacks to clinch the West and get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
That's proved to be much tougher than expected as Los Angeles has dropped two of the first three games of this series after Wednesday's 9-4 loss.
"We like where we are at," manager Don Mattingly said. "It is one game at a time. (Wednesday) was a little bit frustrating. It was a frustrating game, but other than that, I am not really frustrated so much."
Keeping Adrian Gonzalez on the field would surely help. The first baseman had an RBI single Wednesday, but was ejected after doubling in the sixth. He appeared to drive in Michael Young, who was called out in a close play at the plate much to Gonzalez's chagrin.
Gonzalez is batting .381 with 11 RBIs over the past 12 games, and he owns a .467 average (14 for 30) with three homers while plating 10 runs in his past eight games at Chase Field.
Yasiel Puig is a frontrunner for NL Rookie of the Year, and that was on display Wednesday when he came a triple shy of the cycle. He was 0 for 7 in the first two games of the series.
The Dodgers are expected to turn to Ricky Nolasco (13-10, 3.36 ERA), who hopes another meeting with the Diamondbacks can help him rebound from his worst performance since being acquired in a trade from Miami on July 6.
The right-hander was pounded for a season-high seven runs while exiting with one out in the second inning of a 19-3 loss to San Francisco on Saturday.
Nolasco had been 7-0 with a 1.59 ERA over his previous eight starts, and he's compiled a 0.83 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 21 2-3 innings while winning all three starts against the Diamondbacks this year.
Nolasco most recently beat them Sept. 9, yielding an unearned run in 6 2-3 innings of an 8-1 victory.
Arizona, though, is relishing its role as spoiler.
"It's still a pride thing," said Brandon McCarthy, Wednesday's winning pitcher. "You understand where things stand but you don't want to see them celebrate.
"If you can get them out of here without having to see it, then all the better."
Wade Miley (10-10, 3.70) is scheduled to get his turn, and he's 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA over his last four starts against the Dodgers. However, those all came on the road.
The left-hander allowed four runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 4-1 defeat in his most recent home matchup with Los Angeles on July 5, 2012.
Miley earned a 9-2 win over Colorado on Saturday, yielding two runs in 6 1-3 innings.
Paul Goldschmidt will likely be another obstacle for the Dodgers. He's hitting .395 with six homers and 20 RBIs to help give Arizona a 10-8 advantage in the season series.
The All-Star first baseman had a two-run homer for one of his two hits Wednesday, but he's 2 for 11 with five strikeouts versus Nolasco.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 8:48:59 AM EST|