|LA DODGERS ( VOLQUEZ )|
SAN DIEGO ( ERLIN )
|913||LA DODGERS||+125||Ov 7,-115||+125||Ov 7,-115|
|914||SAN DIEGO||-135||Un 7,-105||-135||Un 7,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||26-24||-4.8||23-25||3.7||0.266||0.326||4.0||0.256||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.5||4-2||4.1||0.274||0.340||6.7||0.278||0.344|
|vs Right-handed Starters||44-56||-5.3||47-52||3.5||0.239||0.296||4.7||0.260||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+6||1-5||2.9||0.237||0.295||2.7||0.199||0.261|
|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)||7-6||W||-110||8.5 un||O||11||7||1||10||8||1|
|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||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|9/27/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|9/10/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||CLOYD(R)||8-2||W||-115||8.5 un||O||13||5||0||7||6||1|
|9/11/2013||STULTS(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||2-4||L||150||7.5 ov||U||5||4||0||8||7||0|
|9/12/2013||ROSS(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)||5-10||L||-115||8 un||O||4||6||0||14||11||2|
|9/13/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ ATLANTA||HALE(R)||4-3||W||130||8 un||U||10||8||0||5||2||0|
|9/14/2013||ERLIN(L)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||1-2||L||182||7.5 un||U||5||7||0||9||11||0|
|9/15/2013||SMITH(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||4-0||W||185||8 un||U||9||7||1||4||6||1|
|9/16/2013||CASHNER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||2-0||W||160||6.5 un||U||8||10||0||1||0||0|
|9/17/2013||STULTS(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||5-2||W||170||7 un||P||14||10||1||7||7||0|
|9/18/2013||ROSS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)||3-2||W||155||7 un||U||6||6||0||3||0||0|
|9/19/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||1-10||L||175||7 un||O||5||8||1||14||10||0|
|9/20/2013||ERLIN(L)||LA DODGERS||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||SMITH(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|9/22/2013||CASHNER(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|9/27/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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).
|SAN DIEGO: HITTING: This was by far the worst lineup in the National League in runs (3.66 per game), HR (91), and OPS (.653). 1B JESUS GUZMAN had 44 RBI in just 247 at-bats thanks to a 1.094 OPS with RISP. 1B YONDER ALONSO, the key piece of the Mat Latos trade, will play first every day, moving Guzman to a back-up role. OF CAMERON MAYBIN used his speed to steal 40 bases and score 82 runs. OF CARLOS QUENTIN was acquired from the White Sox and will provide much-needed power in the middle of the batting order when he returns to the field sometime in late April/early May after having knee surgery. Slugger KYLE BLANKS will fill the void. In 420 career at-bats, he has 20 homers, but also has a .219 BA and 152 strikeouts. SS JASON BARTLETT had a disappointing first season in San Diego, hitting only two home runs in 554 at-bats and posting a pathetic .615 OPS as the team's No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Mediocre OF WILL VENABLE (.705 OPS) would not start for any other team in the majors. 3B CHASE HEADLEY batted .289 with a .374 OBP, but failed to provide any power from the three-hole. Oft-injured C NICK HUNDLEY had an .824 OPS and 9 HR in half a season. SS ORLANDO HUDSON batted just .246 with 92 strikeouts and just 31 walks. |
STARTING PITCHING: This young staff finished sixth in the majors with a 3.62 ERA. TIM STAUFFER struggled to pitch outside of spacious Petco Park, posting a 4.95 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the road (2.57 ERA, 1.13 WHIP at home). Two starters both underwent surgery on their throwing shoulders last summer, but are expected to be ready for the start of the season. Lefty CLAYTON RICHARD had just 53 K and 38 BB in 99.2 innings, but he posted a strong 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP at home last year. The 2011 campaign was the year to judge whether EDINSON VOLQUEZ was all the way back from major arm surgery. Well, the jury's in and the verdict isn't kind. The move to San Diego can only cure so much. Right-hander DUSTIN MOSELEY enjoyed his first season in the NL, posting career-best marks in ERA (3.30) and WHIP (1.28). But like Richard, his 64 K and 36 BB in 120 innings were unimpressive. CORY LUEBKE began 2011 in the bullpen, but was moved the rotation, which is where he'll stay in 2012. In 17 starts last year, he shined with a 3.31 ERA and 111 K in 100.2 IP.
RELIEF PITCHING: For the first time since 2008, somebody other than Heath Bell will close games for the Padres. HUSTON STREET will certainly benefit from the move to hitter haven Coors Field to pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Street had a 4.20 home ERA in three seasons in Colorado, while posting a stellar 2.59 ERA on the road. If Street gets hurt, the two leading candidates for the closer role are LUKE GREGERSON and ERNESTO FRIERI. Gregerson is the more consistent pitcher of the two, but Frieri throws harder than Gregerson and has a stellar 11.1 strikeout rate in his three-year career.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-SAN DIEGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Padres Preview* ========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Los Angeles (87-65) at San Diego (71-80), 10:10 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Dodgers have gone from being a major disappointment to NL West champions in less than three months.
After securing their first division title in four years, visiting Los Angeles sends former San Diego Padres pitcher Edinson Volquez to the mound Friday night.
Los Angeles sat in last place and was 9 1/2 games behind Arizona with a 30-42 record after falling 5-2 to San Diego on June 21. It improved to 58-23 since with Thursday's 7-6 win over the Diamondbacks to wrap up its first West championship since 2009.
Hanley Ramirez, hitting .447 over his last 10, went 4 for 5 with a three-run homer and solo shot for the Dodgers (88-65), who won for only the second time in seven games.
"I want to keep going," Ramirez said. "I think that we've got a couple of more steps to do. We've got to keep working and stay together all the way through to the end."
They'll look to get on a roll behind Volquez (9-11, 5.94 ERA), whose most recent disappointing start in San Diego also marked his last in a Padres uniform.
The right-hander went 20-21 with a 4.96 ERA in 59 starts with the Padres after being acquired from Cincinnati in the Mat Latos trade Dec. 17, 2011. His stint in San Diego ended unceremoniously Aug. 23, when he allowed six runs in two-thirds of an inning before the Padres rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-6.
Volquez was designated for assignment the next day and later released before signing with the Dodgers on Aug. 30. His first appearance with Los Angeles came in relief that same night, when he pitched one scoreless inning in the Dodgers' 9-2 home win over the Padres.
He's gone 0-1 with a 5.74 ERA in three starts and is excited to be receiving a fourth. Volquez left his last outing with a thumb blister after giving up three runs and striking out seven in 5 2-3 innings of the Dodgers' 4-3 loss to San Francisco on Sunday.
"They're giving me four starts," Volquez told the team's official website. "Maybe they like what they see."
Padres fans surely didn't like much of what they saw from Volquez the last time he pitched at Petco Park, and he's 4-7 with a 5.72 ERA in 14 starts there this season.
San Diego (71-81) has been outscored 22-6 while dropping five straight to the Dodgers, including a three-game sweep Aug. 30-Sept. 1. It has won 11 of 16 since that series but had its four-game winning streak snapped with Thursday's 10-1 loss to Pittsburgh.
Rookie first baseman Tommy Medica drove in Chris Denorfia with a single in the first inning to give him an RBI in three straight, and fellow rookie Robbie Erlin (2-3, 5.18) will look to continue his solid stretch Friday.
Erlin is 1-1 with a 2.60 ERA in three starts since being recalled from the minors, though he's received just four runs of support during that stretch. He didn't get any support while allowing two runs in six innings of Saturday's 2-1 loss to Atlanta.
"Robbie's still developing," manager Bud Black said. "Every pitch he throws in the majors, it's a learning experience for him. Robbie pitched well enough to get a 'W.'"
The left-hander, 1-0 with a 2.95 ERA in three home starts, has yet to face the Dodgers.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 12:23:31 PM EST|