|LA DODGERS ( VOLQUEZ )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( LINCECUM )
|907||LA DODGERS||+115||Ov 7,-115||+120||Ov 7,-120|
|908||SAN FRANCISCO||-125||Un 7,-105||-130||Un 7,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||65-41||+16.8||48-53||4.2||0.264||0.322||3.5||0.239||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||3-4||3.1||0.236||0.282||3.4||0.203||0.289|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-55||-14.8||51-50||3.9||0.258||0.317||4.4||0.251||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.1||2-5||2.3||0.196||0.250||3.4||0.226||0.280|
|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)||0-2||L||140||7 un||U||6||7||3||5||11||0|
|9/21/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||SMITH(R)||4-0||W||-180||6 un||U||6||7||0||3||4||1|
|9/22/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||1-0||W||-140||6.5 un||U||4||3||1||2||5||1|
|9/24/2013||RYU(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||2-1||W||110||6.5 un||U||8||9||0||5||5||1|
|9/25/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||4-6||L||-135||7 ov||O||8||5||0||8||5||2|
|9/26/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|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)||4-3||W||105||8 ev||U||6||4||1||9||10||0|
|9/17/2013||PETIT(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||8-5||W||-130||6.5 un||O||9||10||2||9||9||1|
|9/18/2013||CAIN(R)||@ NY METS||HARANG(R)||4-5||L||-155||6.5 ov||O||6||7||1||9||7||2|
|9/19/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||2-1||W||-135||6.5 un||U||8||7||0||4||7||0|
|9/20/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||1-5||L||140||8.5 un||U||7||6||1||6||4||0|
|9/21/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||0-6||L||155||9 ev||U||6||7||0||7||4||0|
|9/22/2013||PETIT(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||2-1||W||135||8.5 un||U||4||3||0||9||8||1|
|9/24/2013||CAIN(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||1-2||L||-120||6.5 un||U||5||5||1||8||9||0|
|9/25/2013||ZITO(L)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||6-4||W||+125||7 ov||O||8||5||2||8||5||0|
|9/26/2013||LINCECUM(R)||LA DODGERS||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|9/27/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||SAN DIEGO||SMITH(R)|| |
|9/28/2013||PETIT(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|9/29/2013||CAIN(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|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 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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Giants Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Los Angeles (91-67) at San Francisco (73-85), 10:15 p.m. EDT
While the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers have seen plenty of Tim Lincecum over the years, he could be making his final start in a San Francisco Giants uniform Thursday night.
Gearing up for their first playoff appearance in four seasons, the visiting Dodgers conclude a three-game set against Lincecum and the Giants.
Los Angeles (91-67) had won three in a row before falling 6-4 on Wednesday. Matt Kemp went 3 for 4 with two RBIs but Ricky Nolasco was outpitched by Barry Zito, who may have been making his final appearance with San Francisco (73-85), too.
The Giants now turn to Lincecum (10-14, 4.44 ERA), who is set to become a free agent at the end of this season. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, who threw his first career no-hitter July 13, is 20-29 with a 4.80 ERA in 64 starts since signing a $40.5 million contract prior to last season.
"There's going to be a time when I'm going to have to weigh my options," he told MLB's official website. "I've had a great time here with the Giants. I respect the organization and stuff. With that we'll see if the relationship goes further or not. I can't say that exactly right now.
"I have to see what's on the table before I dismiss anything."
Lincecum is 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA in his last six starts versus Los Angeles. He is 4-1 with a 2.13 ERA in nine career home outings against the Dodgers, though he hasn't faced them in San Francisco this year.
Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez are a combined 19 for 94 (.202) with no homers and 34 strikeouts in their matchups.
Lincecum saw his season-high four-game winning streak come to an end Friday in a 5-1 loss at Yankee Stadium. The right-hander surrendered four runs in 6 2-3 innings and is now one loss away from matching his career high set last year.
Lincecum struck out six to surpass 1,500 for his career.
"It's cool, but at the end of the day, I lost. That's what I'm thinking about," he said.
The Dodgers counter with Edinson Volquez (9-12, 5.77), who allowed two runs over 6 1-3 innings in Friday's 2-0 loss at San Diego, his former team. The right-hander dropped to 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in four starts since signing with Los Angeles on Aug. 30.
He has struck out 22 in as many innings during those outings, and he could be auditioning for the postseason roster.
"You usually don't use a fifth starter in the playoffs, unless you have him in the bullpen," manager Don Mattingly said. "We'll see. We'll talk about that when we get to roster time."
The Dodgers also have a decision to make about Andre Ethier, who returned to Southern California on Wednesday to have his injured left ankle re-examined. It is unclear if Ethier will be ready for the NL division series starting next week.
"I think you're always making plans with different scenarios," Mattingly said. "I'm a little worried about him."
Kemp is batting .405 with two homers, four doubles and 10 RBIs in his last nine games at AT&T Park.
Los Angeles has dropped 10 of 18 to San Francisco this season, including four of the last five by a 34-14 margin.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 7:36:55 AM EST|