|LA DODGERS ( BECKETT )|
COLORADO ( FLANDE )
|963||LA DODGERS||-150||Ov 11,+100||-135||Ov 11,-105|
|964||COLORADO||+140||Un 11,-120||+125||Un 11,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-9||+2.6||8-12||3.7||0.229||0.318||2.8||0.210||0.264|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||3-4||4.7||0.275||0.353||3.6||0.225||0.266|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-36||-10.2||35-21||5.2||0.287||0.333||5.3||0.263||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.6||3-3||3.9||0.260||0.298||5.9||0.272||0.347|
|6/22/2014||RYU(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||2-1||W||-155||7 un||U||6||6||0||4||5||1|
|6/23/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||3-5||L||100||7.5 un||O||8||4||0||11||5||0|
|6/24/2014||KERSHAW(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||2-0||W||-150||7 un||U||6||7||0||6||6||0|
|6/25/2014||HAREN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||5-4||W||155||7.5 ov||O||10||7||1||8||6||1|
|6/26/2014||BECKETT(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||1-0||W||+100||6.5 un||U||5||4||0||5||4||0|
|6/27/2014||RYU(L)||ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)||1-3||L||-130||7 un||U||8||6||0||9||6||0|
|6/28/2014||GREINKE(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||9-1||W||-140||6.5 ov||O||15||7||0||4||6||2|
|6/29/2014||KERSHAW(L)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||6-0||W||-195||6.5 ev||U||8||7||1||6||9||0|
|7/3/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ COLORADO||MORALES(L)||3-2||W||-140||10.5 ov||U||6||6||1||9||7||0|
|7/4/2014||KERSHAW(L)||@ COLORADO||JURRJENS(R)||9-0||W||-215||9.5 un||U||19||13||1||2||3||0|
|7/5/2014||HAREN(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||7-8||L||-105||10.5 ov||O||8||7||0||12||3||2|
|7/6/2014||BECKETT(R)||@ COLORADO||FLANDE(L)|| |
|7/8/2014||RYU(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|7/9/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|7/10/2014||KERSHAW(L)||SAN DIEGO||DESPAIGNE(R)|| |
|7/11/2014||HAREN(R)||SAN DIEGO||HAHN(R)|| |
|7/12/2014||BECKETT(R)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|7/13/2014|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|6/23/2014||CHACIN(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||0-8||L||-105||10 un||U||3||3||0||6||4||0|
|6/24/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||10-5||W||-120||10 ov||O||17||13||1||11||7||0|
|6/25/2014||FLANDE(L)||ST LOUIS||GONZALES(L)||6-9||L||+120||11.5 un||O||9||7||2||12||7||0|
|6/26/2014||FRIEDRICH(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||4-7||L||187||9 un||O||10||8||0||12||8||1|
|6/27/2014||MATZEK(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||2-3||L||182||9 ov||U||9||6||0||9||9||0|
|6/28/2014||CHACIN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GARZA(R)||4-7||L||135||8.5 ov||O||10||4||0||13||5||0|
|6/29/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||10-4||W||145||8.5 un||O||15||8||0||4||3||2|
|6/30/2014||FLANDE(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||3-7||L||220||8 ov||O||9||6||1||9||5||0|
|7/1/2014||FRIEDRICH(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||1-7||L||220||8 ov||P||5||6||1||10||11||0|
|7/2/2014||MATZEK(L)||@ WASHINGTON||FISTER(R)||3-4||L||170||8.5 ev||U||9||6||0||7||2||0|
|7/3/2014||MORALES(L)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||2-3||L||+130||10.5 ov||U||9||7||0||6||6||1|
|7/4/2014||JURRJENS(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||0-9||L||+195||9.5 un||U||2||3||0||19||13||1|
|7/5/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)||8-7||W||-105||10.5 ov||O||12||3||2||8||7||0|
|7/6/2014||FLANDE(L)||LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)|| |
|7/7/2014||MATZEK(L)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|7/8/2014||MORALES(L)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|7/9/2014||JURRJENS(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|7/11/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||MINNESOTA||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|7/13/2014|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|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.
|COLORADO: DENVER (AP) - Justin Morneau wears Larry Walker's old number and is stepping in for Todd Helton.|
Just so it's clear, though: He doesn't expect to be the next Walker and certainly isn't trying to make Colorado Rockies fans forget all about Helton, the everyday first baseman in the Mile High City since 1997.
Morneau can only be himself, a slick fielder who's a four-time All-Star and former AL MVP.
That's not too bad, either.
Still, the Rockies wouldn't mind if Morneau channeled a little bit of those two Colorado icons to help them get back to the postseason. But that's a lot of cleats to fill, especially when it comes to Helton, the franchise's leader in virtually every offensive category.
Morneau's goals are more modest: Slide seamlessly into to this potent lineup, one that includes good friend and reigning NL batting champion Michael Cuddyer, along with Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki.
The 32-year-old Morneau knows the comparisons to Helton are inevitable. No. 17 spent 17 seasons in purple pinstripes, endearing himself to the community. The team will honor Helton on Aug. 17 when they retire his number (although Helton's first send-off will be hard to top, when the club gave him a horse in his last home game).
''From the outside looking in, it looks like I'm coming in to replace him,'' said Morneau, who wears No. 33 because of Walker, his boyhood idol. ''But that's not my thought process. My thought process is to just come in and be me and do what I can do.''
Cuddyer thinks Morneau will fit in just fine.
''If you think about the guy you're replacing, you're already not doing yourself a good service,'' said Cuddyer, who was teammates with Morneau in Minnesota. ''He respects (Helton), but he also understands he has to go out there and be himself.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Rockies Preview* =========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Los Angeles (50-39) at Colorado (36-51), 4:10 p.m. EDT
Troy Tulowitzki has been the catalyst for a Colorado Rockies offense that ranks as one of the best in baseball, but the club's pitching staff hasn't been able to keep pace during what's turning out to be a rather disappointing season.
Tulowitzki could return from a two-game absence Sunday as rookie Yohan Flande makes his third major league start in this finale of a four-game home set against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Rockies (37-51) lead the majors with a .282 average and have scored the most runs in the NL. Tulowitzki's .350 average is the best in baseball while his 18 homers are second in the NL, but tightness in his groin kept him out of the lineup Friday and again in Saturday's 8-7 win that ended Colorado's five-game losing streak.
He's hoping to be on the field for this contest as the Rockies seek back-to-back victories for the first time since a five-game winning streak from June 11-15.
"What he's feeling right now is legitimate enough that he wasn't going to be able to play through it regardless," manager Walt Weiss told MLB's official website. "It's possible he could be in there (Sunday)."
The Rockies have won only three times in their last 19 contests, with starter Jorge De La Rosa picking up each victory. Their pitching staff is last in the majors with a 5.02 ERA, and the bullpen nearly let a six-run lead slip away Saturday.
"Luckily for us, we were able to hang on there," said Drew Stubbs, who hit a two-run homer. "Regardless if it's 8-7 or 8-2, a win's a win."
Flande (0-1, 6.10 ERA) will take the mound in this contest after mostly impressing Weiss in his first two starts. The left-hander gave up four runs in five innings of Colorado's 9-6 loss to St. Louis in his debut June 25, then allowed three runs in 5 1-3 innings of Monday's 7-3 loss to Washington.
"He did his job, threw the ball well," Weiss said. "He's been very competitive both times out."
Flande will oppose Josh Beckett, who is coming off one of his worst starts of the season after an impressive stretch.
Beckett (5-5, 2.37) went 3-3 with a 1.15 ERA in seven-start stretch that began with his no-hitter against Philadelphia on May 25 before giving up a season-worst five runs in five innings of Tuesday's 10-3 loss to Cleveland.
He said he was dealing with some general soreness between his last two starts.
"I'm in counts where I think it's the right pitch, but I'm just not executing the way I need to execute," Beckett said.
Beckett had a solid outing against the Rockies on April 25, allowing two runs on homers from Tulowitzki and Corey Dickerson over eight innings of the Dodgers' 5-4, 11-inning defeat.
The right-hander will look to help the first-place Dodgers (50-40) take three of four in the series after having their six-game winning streak against the Rockies snapped.
Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez each went 2 for 5, but the rest of Los Angeles' starting lineup went 2 for 21. Puig and Ramirez each had run-scoring hits in a five-run seventh, but the Dodgers fell for only the second time in their last eight road games.
Ramirez is hitting .364 in his last 14 against Colorado, while Tulowitzki is batting just .206 in his last 18 versus the Dodgers.
|Last Updated: 8/31/2014 5:35:55 AM EST|