|ATLANTA ( TEHERAN )|
LA DODGERS ( RYU )
|NL Division Series - Best of 5 - Game 3 - Tied 1-1|
|921||ATLANTA||+130||Ov 6.5,+100||+125||Ov 6.5,+105|
|922||LA DODGERS||-140||Un 6.5,-120||-135||Un 6.5,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||25-17||+5.1||17-25||3.7||0.233||0.306||3.3||0.225||0.284|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.8||5-2||4.1||0.256||0.336||3.4||0.276||0.312|
|vs Right-handed Starters||67-43||+15.4||50-55||4.2||0.264||0.323||3.4||0.237||0.292|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-6||4-3||3.9||0.258||0.319||2.4||0.213||0.283|
|9/22/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||5-2||W||-155||7.5 un||U||12||8||0||8||5||1|
|10/3/2013||MEDLEN(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-6||L||+130||6 un||O||5||7||0||11||8||0|
|10/4/2013||MINOR(L)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||4-3||W||+105||6.5 un||O||6||5||0||10||7||0|
|10/6/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|10/7/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|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|
|10/3/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||6-1||W||-140||6 un||O||11||8||0||5||7||0|
|10/4/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||3-4||L||-115||6.5 un||O||10||7||0||6||5||0|
|ATLANTA: HITTING: The Braves were 27th in the majors in steals last year, but that number should rise with a full season of speedster OF MICHAEL BOURN, who was acquired from Houston last July. OFs MARTIN PRADO and JASON HEYWARD comprise the corner outfield spots, and are both are looking to bounce back after disappointing, injury-riddled 2011 campaigns. 2B DAN UGGLA smacked a career-best 36 HR in his first year with Atlanta, his fifth straight 30-homer season. Steady veterans C BRIAN McCANN and 3B CHIPPER JONES comprise a solid middle of the lineup. McCann has four straight 20-HR, 70-RBI seasons, while Jones, who turns 40 in April, has a career .402 on-base percentage. 1B FREDDIE FREEMAN was the N.L.'s best offensive rookie last year, batting .282 with 21 HR and 76 RBI. The starting shortstop will be one of two highly-touted, 22-year-old prospects, TYLER PASTORNICKY or ANDRELTON SIMMONS. |
STARTING PITCHING: Even with significant injuries to three starters, the Braves rotation still ranked ninth in the majors in ERA (3.73), thanks to TIM HUDSON posting a 3.22 ERA in 215 innings. The right-hander was lights-out at Turner Field again, going 10-4 with a 2.31 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. But he'll be out at least a month because of back problems. JAIR JURRJENS was outstanding through the end of July (12-3, 2.38 ERA), but a knee strain bothered him in August and shut him down for September. Although many teams inquired about Jurrjens in the offseason, it doesn't look like the Braves want to deal him just yet. TOMMY HANSON is another young star (25) that had to be shut down in early August due to a partially torn rotator cuff. His ERA was a career-worst 3.60, but he notched a career-best 9.8 K/9 rate. BRANDON BEACHY, also 25, posted a whopping 10.7 K/9 ratio with a respectable ERA (3.68) and WHIP (1.21). Atlanta is loaded with young pitchers, but expect MIKE MINOR (5-3, 4.14 ERA) and RANDALL DELGADO to start in the majors, with JULIO TEHERAN, who has the most upside of the trio, to begin 2012 in Triple-A.
RELIEF PITCHING: CRAIG KIMBREL exceeded all expectations last year, establishing himself as one of the best closers in the game. He struck out an eye-popping 14.8 batters per nine (127 K in 77 IP), and converted 46-of-54 (85%) save chances. Even though Kimbrel's job as a closer is probably locked down for the next decade, the Braves have two other great relievers, both lefties. JONNY VENTERS posted a 1.84 WHIP and .176 opponents' BA in 88 innings, and is next in line for saves (five in 2011) should Kimbrel suffer an injury. Fellow southpaw ERIC O'FLAHERTY had a 0.98 ERA (8 ER in 73.2 IP) and 32 holds, just three fewer than Venters.
|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).
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*Braves-Dodgers Preview* ========================
By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer
Atlanta (96-66) at Los Angeles (92-70), 8:07 p.m. EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are about to find out if their $36 million investment in Hyun-Jin Ryu pays off in the postseason.
The 26-year-old rookie pitcher from South Korea will start Sunday night in the Dodgers' first home playoff game since 2009. Los Angeles is looking to take control of the best-of-five National League division series after splitting the first two games in Atlanta.
The Braves are turning to their own rookie, 22-year-old Julio Teheran.
Ryu isn't a typical rookie, having brought a wealth of experience from his native country when he signed with the Dodgers last winter. Teheran more accurately fits the description, with just four major league starts under his belt before this season.
Both the left-handed Ryu and right-handed Teheran went 14-8 during the regular season.
Teheran will be facing the Dodgers for the first time. Ryu made two regular-season starts against the Braves, both no-decisions. He gave up one run in 7 2-3 innings the last time he faced Atlanta on June 7.
Ryu threw a bullpen session Friday in Atlanta, something he rarely did during the regular season. He hasn't pitched since Sept. 29.
"Typically when I rest longer than normal, I always squeeze in a bullpen just to make sure that my body is responding the way I want it to," he said Saturday through a translator.
Ryu drew an audience for the session that included manager Don Mattingly, and Stan Conte and Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the team's medical staff. Ryu missed a turn in early September because of a back ailment and went 2-5 with a 3.30 ERA over his final seven starts.
But Mattingly said there were no concerns about Ryu's health.
"He's been pitching big all year long," Mattingly said. "He's able to exploit anybody that we want."
The Dodgers signed Ryu to a six-year deal, making him the first player to go from the Korean Baseball Organization to the major leagues. They landed him after bidding $25.7 million to win exclusive negotiating rights with him. Besides his seven seasons in the KBO, he pitched in the 2009 World Baseball Classic at Dodger Stadium as a reliever.
Ryu has the support of ace Clayton Kershaw, who pitched the Dodgers to a 6-1 victory in the series opener.
"We don't consider him a rookie," Kershaw said. "The way he carries himself every day, we're really not worried about composure or the adrenaline getting to him, or anything like that. He has such a great feel for his four pitches."
A.J. Ellis has caught Ryu all season long, with Ryu learning enough English to communicate during games.
"He never gets frazzled or out of sorts," Ellis said. "He's a guy who thrives in the big moment. This is definitely not going to be the biggest game he's ever pitched."
It may be among the most watched, though, because Game 3 will be seen in South Korea.
"It's a huge motivation to know that an entire country's going to be watching the game," Ryu said. "But equally important is the fans here at Dodger Stadium and the Korean community here. I understand there are going to be a lot of them coming out tomorrow, but it's a big encouragement for me."
Like Mattingly with Ryu, Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez won't approach Teheran any differently just because he's making his postseason debut.
"I wouldn't even bring it up or anything," Gonzalez said. "He's going to go out and he's going to compete like he always has. If he gets his fastball command and throws the secondary pitches, he's going to be OK."
Teheran, who is from Colombia, came into his own this season after fleeting appearances in the majors the previous two years. He had a 2.97 ERA in the second half for the Braves, the only division winner to have a losing road record at 40-41.
"I feel really excited about this game," Teheran said. "I never thought that I'm going to be in this situation this year in my first year. But I'm just trying to calm down myself and be focused on the game and try to do the same thing I've been doing."
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:18:45 AM EST|