|LA DODGERS ( GREINKE )|
WASHINGTON ( ZIMMERMANN )
|951||LA DODGERS||-110||Ov 7,+105||-110||Ov 7,+120|
|952||WASHINGTON||+100||Un 7,-125||+100||Un 7,-140|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-10||+0.1||14-9||4.8||0.264||0.324||4.0||0.247||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||5-1||5.1||0.283||0.371||5.0||0.270||0.332|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-11||-2.6||11-10||3.7||0.232||0.303||4.0||0.237||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||2-5||3.4||0.237||0.294||2.6||0.222||0.292|
|4/27/2014||RYU(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||1-6||L||-150||7 un||P||8||10||3||11||6||0|
|4/30/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||6-4||W||-155||7.5 un||O||12||11||0||12||9||1|
|5/1/2014||HAREN(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||9-4||W||-145||8.5 ev||O||15||9||3||7||6||0|
|5/1/2014||PATTERSON(R)||@ MINNESOTA||JOHNSON(L)||4-3||W||100||9 un||U||11||16||2||6||10||1|
|5/2/2014||BECKETT(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||3-6||L||-115||7.5 ov||O||7||7||0||11||6||1|
|5/3/2014||MAHOLM(L)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)||9-7||W||-115||8.5 un||O||16||6||1||14||13||0|
|5/4/2014||FIFE(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||4-5||L||160||7 un||O||6||9||0||9||7||1|
|5/5/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|5/6/2014||KERSHAW(L)||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|5/7/2014||HAREN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|5/8/2014||BECKETT(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|5/9/2014||MAHOLM(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|5/10/2014||GREINKE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|5/11/2014||KERSHAW(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)|| |
|5/12/2014|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|4/21/2014||ROARK(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||2-4||L||-115||8 un||U||3||8||2||12||10||0|
|4/22/2014||JORDAN(R)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||2-7||L||-120||8 ov||O||3||4||2||9||4||0|
|4/23/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||5-4||W||-120||7 ov||O||11||10||1||8||9||1|
|4/24/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||3-4||L||-150||7 un||P||16||14||1||8||6||1|
|4/25/2014||STRASBURG(R)||SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)||11-1||W||-190||6.5 ov||O||17||10||0||10||9||0|
|4/26/2014||ROARK(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||4-0||W||-115||7 un||U||10||9||1||3||4||3|
|4/27/2014||JORDAN(R)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||2-4||L||-115||7.5 un||U||5||4||0||8||8||0|
|4/29/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ HOUSTON||COSART(R)||4-3||W||-135||8.5 un||U||9||10||0||5||7||1|
|4/30/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||7-0||W||-135||8 ov||U||13||7||0||9||10||2|
|5/2/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||5-3||W||-105||6.5 ov||O||10||9||1||8||6||1|
|5/3/2014||ROARK(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BURNETT(R)||2-7||L||-105||7.5 un||O||4||6||0||12||8||1|
|5/4/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HERNANDEZ(R)||0-1||L||-125||7.5 ev||U||5||9||0||4||5||1|
|5/5/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|5/6/2014|| ||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|5/7/2014||STRASBURG(R)||LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)|| |
|5/9/2014||FISTER(R)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)|| |
|5/10/2014||ROARK(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)|| |
|5/11/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ OAKLAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|5/12/2014|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|LA DODGERS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers have spent big bucks on their roster, ramping up World Series expectations right along with the payroll. Now they want to produce results.|
They'll get the chance starting Saturday in Australia, where they open the season against NL West rival Arizona.
With a payroll in the range of $225 million-plus, the Dodgers have laid the groundwork to get to their first World Series title since 1988, when they won the title. They came up short last year, losing to St. Louis in six games in the NL championship series.
''The expectations going in this time are realistic. We're a talented club and we're capable,'' said manager Don Mattingly, who signed a three-year extension in January.
The Dodgers want to avoid the poor start they had last season, when key players were injured and the team had to rally to get back into the division race. They eventually won the title by 11 games over the Diamondbacks.
''We need to be more consistent,'' Mattingly said. ''I see it as winning every series and you'll be in pretty good shape. The next thing you know, you're 20 games over .500.''
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez is looking to follow up his strong season last year, while shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who was injured in the NL championship series, will be playing to set himself up for impending free agency.
|WASHINGTON: WASHINGTON (AP) - Thanks in part to No. 1 overall draft picks Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, the 2012 Washington Nationals were considered an up-and-coming team, perhaps a year or two away from contending.|
So what did they do? Went out and led the majors with 98 wins.
Thanks to that quick rise, the 2013 Nationals became a popular pick to go to the World Series. So what did they do? Stumbled at the start and missed out on the playoffs.
Now here come the 2014 Nationals, featuring largely the same roster - including Strasburg on the mound, and Harper in left field, both feeling good after offseason surgery - and with rookie manager Matt Williams replacing Davey Johnson, he of the ''World Series or bust'' proclamation.
One key difference: The club knows what it's like to experience a truly disappointing, worse-than-they-were-supposed-to-be season for the first time since moving from Montreal in 2005.
''We got ahead of ourselves a little bit. My take on it was always: Last year in spring training, we had expectations on ourselves, really, for the first time, and we thought we were better, maybe, than we were,'' reliever Tyler Clippard said. ''We came into the season expecting to win, which is a good thing. But at the same time, we might not have went out there and earned it, like we should have.''
Yes, the team that got Strasburg and Harper thanks to consecutive 100-loss seasons is trying to deal with lofty goals.
''To see the organization from basically, literally, the ground up, improve is something I kind of take pride in, because when I signed, people would be like, `Oh, you play for the Expos and the Nationals,' and they'd be like, `Uh, OK, I don't know them,''' said shortstop Ian Desmond, drafted by Montreal in 2004. ''And now, it's like there's some pride behind playing for the Washington Nationals.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Edits 9th paragraph to clarify)
*Dodgers-Nationals Preview* ===========================
Los Angeles (18-13) at Washington (17-13), 7:05 p.m. EDT
While Zack Greinke is looking to open 6-0 for the second time and continue an historic streak, the Los Angeles Dodgers are unsure of Yasiel Puig's status after a scary crash.
Puig is day to day for the visiting Dodgers, who will try to defeat the Washington Nationals for the sixth straight meeting in Monday night's opener of a three-game set.
Greinke (5-0, 2.04 ERA), looking to match his career-best 6-0 start with Kansas City in 2009, has gone 18 straight regular-season outings of at least five innings while allowing two runs or fewer - baseball's longest run since 1914.
It's not clear who will be in right field behind him after Puig slammed into the wall chasing what turned out to be a game-winning RBI double in the ninth inning of Sunday's 5-4 loss at Miami. Puig was slow to walk off the field but passed a concussion test.
"He hit the wall good," manager Don Mattingly said. "He seemed to be OK when he was walking in, but I'm sure they are going to keep looking at him. He almost made an unbelievable play."
Puig's potential absence would take even more luster away from a series already missing Nationals slugger Bryce Harper, although Greinke remains enough of a draw considering how well he's been pitching.
The right-hander gave up an unearned run over six innings to earn Wednesday's 6-4 victory at Minnesota. He said he's become a much smarter pitcher than he was five years ago during his other strong season start.
"My stuff was a lot better then," Greinke said. "I'm locating better, being smarter. I've gotten a lot of help here, nice defensive plays."
Greinke is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in three starts against the Nationals (17-14). He also got his first career win against the Washington franchise on June 8, 2004, when it was still the Montreal Expos.
The Washington hitter he has faced the most is Denard Span, who is 9 for 31 against him.
The Dodgers have limited the Nationals to six runs and a .219 average during a five-game win streak in the series.
Washington is searching for offense after it was shut out for the second time in Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Philadelphia, going 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
"We've had some really key hits over the course of the season," manager Matt Williams said. "It just wasn't our day."
Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann (2-1, 3.27) won an NL-best 12 games at home last year, but he's 0-1 with a 4.58 ERA in four starts in Washington this year compared to 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in two on the road.
Zimmermann struck out seven in 6 1-3 innings Wednesday to cruise to a 7-0 victory over Houston.
The right-hander is 2-1 with a 6.65 ERA in four career starts against Los Angeles (18-14). Hanley Ramirez is 9 for 20 against him and Matt Kemp 5 for 12 with two homers.
Outfielder Scott Hairston (strained left oblique) and catcher Wilson Ramos (hand surgery) could both return in this series for Washington.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 9:18:33 AM EST|