|COLORADO ( FRANCIS )|
LA DODGERS ( RYU )
|961||COLORADO||+190||Ov 7.5,+105||+190||Ov 7.5,+105|
|962||LA DODGERS||-210||Un 7.5,-125||-210||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||19-33||-13||26-24||4.1||0.265||0.318||5.3||0.296||0.352|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.6||5-2||4.9||0.294||0.340||7.6||0.318||0.382|
|vs Left-handed Starters||26-26||-7.2||24-26||3.7||0.264||0.322||4.0||0.255||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.7||2-5||3.4||0.225||0.287||1.6||0.162||0.218|
|9/15/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)||2-8||L||105||8.5 un||O||8||7||1||12||6||0|
|9/16/2013||MCHUGH(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||6-2||W||+140||10 un||U||12||8||0||7||4||0|
|9/17/2013||NICASIO(R)||ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||4-11||L||+125||10 ov||O||9||9||0||18||12||1|
|9/18/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||3-4||L||+165||9.5 ev||U||12||11||0||10||7||1|
|9/19/2013||OSWALT(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||7-6||W||+145||9.5 un||O||21||16||0||12||9||0|
|9/27/2013||MCHUGH(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||0-11||L||250||6.5 un||O||5||4||3||15||8||0|
|9/28/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||1-0||W||225||7 un||U||5||5||1||3||8||0|
|9/29/2013||FRANCIS(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|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)||2-3||L||115||7 ov||U||8||7||0||6||6||0|
|COLORADO: HITTING: This offense still has trouble scoring outside of Coors Field, posting the second-fewest road runs in the majors (3.65 per game). SS TROY TULOWITZKI doesn't need the thin air though, posting an .881 OPS on the road. He led Colorado with a .302 BA, 30 HR, 105 RBI. OF CARLOS GONZALEZ was bothered by wrist and back injuries last year, but still managed to smack 26 homers with 92 RBI and 92 runs. OF DEXTER FOWLER will bat first or second after a strong .363 OBP. He could score 100 runs if he improved his base stealing (12 SB, 9 CS). OF MICHAEL CUDDYER gets the Coors Field Bump, while TYLER COLVIN settles into the 4th-OF role. Colorado has question marks with its corner infielders. 1B TODD HELTON is 38 with a bad back, and mediocre 3B CHRIS NELSON will start until top prospect NOLAN ARENADO is ready for the big leagues. 2B MARCO SCUTARO carries a louder stick than most two-baggers and C RAMON HERNANDEZ (.788 OPS) is an upgrade over the departed Chris Iannetta. |
STARTING PITCHING: There are plenty of question marks in Colorado's rotation with Ubaldo Jimenez pitching in the AL and two of its top three starters coming off major injuries. JORGE DE LA ROSA had Tommy John surgery and won't likely return to a big-league mound until June. De La Rosa had a 1.19 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 59 innings before his injury. JHOULYS CHACIN will be counted on as the rotation's ace and he certainly has the physical tools and array of pitches to live up to this billing if he can trim his 87 walks in 194 innings. Former Baltimore 'ace' JEREMY GUTRHIE threw for 200+ innings in each of his past three seasons, but he's also served up 86 gopher balls in this span. That's not a good sign of things to come in the thin air. JUAN NICASIO took a line drive off the head and broke his C-1 vertebrae in August, but the team amazingly expects him to ready when the season begins. The 25-year-old has great command for such a young hurler. GUILLERMO MOSCOCO fared pretty well as a starter with the A's last year (.209 Opp. BA), but his 4.70 road ERA nearly doubled his 2.42 ERA in Oakland . Lefty DREW POMERANZ, 23, has a wealthy array of pitches and performed admirably in three of his four starts after being called up last season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Although he was the team's main set-up man last year, RAFAEL BETANCOURT becomes the Rockies closer with Huston Street out of the picture. After struggling at Coors Field in 2010 (4.99 ERA, 7 HR), he thrived in the thin air last year with a 1.93 ERA, and just 1 HR allowed in 32.2 innings. But he turns 37 in April and is one of the riskier saves men with little closing experience in his career. MATT BELISLE figures to be next in line for saves, notching 70 K and 16 BB at Coors Field since 2010. MATT REYNOLDS is the top lefty in the pen, but his 2011 season was nothing to write home about (4.09 ERA, 10 HR allowed in 50.2 IP).
|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 (COLORADO-LA DODGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rockies-Dodgers Preview* =========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Colorado (73-88) at Los Angeles (92-69), 4:10 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Dodgers have one more game before heading to the postseason.
Todd Helton has one more before calling it a career.
Helton takes his final at-bats Sunday for the Colorado Rockies, who look to send the Dodgers into the postseason with a fourth loss in five games.
Los Angeles (92-69) knows it'll be on the road for Game 1 of the NL division series Thursday, so it may have little motivation heading into the regular-season finale.
That shouldn't be a problem for Colorado (73-88), which surely would like to send Helton into retirement on a winning note.
Helton is ending a 17-year career, during which he's been the face of the franchise. The 40-year-old first baseman holds virtually every offensive record for the Rockies after being drafted eighth overall out of Tennessee in 1995.
"He's been a great player," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told the Rockies' official website. "Facing him from this side is not fun because he's a tough out. It seems like the bigger the situation, the better Todd is. We wish him a lot of success. I know he's meant a lot to that franchise."
Helton went hitless in four at-bats in Saturday's 1-0 win and is 0 for 7 with three strikeouts in the first two games of this series.
The five-time All-Star will face scheduled starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-7, 2.97 ERA) for the first time.
Ryu has a viable chance at the NL Rookie of the Year award, but he may need a little help from the lineup if he's going to make one more strong case in the finale.
He's compiled a 2.30 ERA over his last four starts, during which he missed one with a back injury. However, he's split four decisions in that stretch since he's been backed by one total run in those defeats.
The left-hander didn't need very much help Tuesday, yielding one run in seven innings of a 2-1 win at San Francisco.
The Dodgers are still deciding if Ryu will be a member of the postseason rotation.
"We haven't made any decision on who it's going to be, but I've always been comfortable with Hyun-Jin, the way he pitches," Mattingly said.
Ryu had a season-high 12 strikeouts and allowed two runs in six innings of a 6-2 win in his only start against the Rockies on April 30.
Colorado is expected to counter Ryu with Jeff Francis (2-5, 6.61), who could be making his final appearance in a Rockies uniform.
The left-hander is getting the nod in place of an injured Tyler Chatwood (elbow).
Eight of Francis' nine seasons have been with Colorado, and his 63 wins rank second in franchise history.
"He's done so much for this organization, for this franchise, over the course of his career," manager Walt Weiss said. "I felt this was the right thing to do."
Francis' last start was an 8-3 loss at Toronto on June 18, allowing eight runs in six innings. He's given up 10 in 13 1-3 innings over 11 relief appearances since.
Francis is 1-3 with a 6.14 ERA in his past seven games - six starts - versus the Dodgers.
Michael Cuddyer leads the NL with a .333 average, and appears on his way to becoming the sixth Rockies batting champion, joining Helton, Andres Galarraga, Larry Walker, Matt Holliday and Carlos Gonzalez.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:29:37 PM EST|