|LA DODGERS ( GREINKE )|
ST LOUIS ( KELLY )
|901||LA DODGERS||-120||Ov 7.5,-105||-140||Ov 7.5,+110|
|902||ST LOUIS||+110||Un 7.5,-115||+130||Un 7.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-35||-5.3||38-35||4.2||0.263||0.326||3.9||0.252||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.1||2-5||2.1||0.198||0.280||4.0||0.250||0.290|
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-31||+2.6||28-40||3.6||0.252||0.307||3.3||0.233||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.2||5-2||4.7||0.283||0.331||5.1||0.277||0.340|
|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)||8-2||W||-120||10.5 ov||U||15||9||1||6||9||0|
|7/8/2014||RYU(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||5-14||L||110||8.5 ov||O||7||4||0||20||8||0|
|7/9/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||1-4||L||100||7 ev||U||4||4||0||8||5||0|
|7/10/2014||KERSHAW(L)||SAN DIEGO||DESPAIGNE(R)||2-1||W||-285||6 ov||U||9||7||0||3||3||4|
|7/11/2014||HAREN(R)||SAN DIEGO||HAHN(R)||3-6||L||-110||7 un||O||6||9||1||9||7||0|
|7/12/2014||MAHOLM(L)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||1-0||W||+100||7.5 un||U||4||7||0||5||4||0|
|7/13/2014||RYU(L)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||1-0||W||-140||6.5 ov||U||7||7||1||4||6||0|
|7/18/2014||HAREN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||2-3||L||120||7.5 un||U||5||8||0||8||8||0|
|7/19/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)|| |
|7/20/2014||KERSHAW(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|7/21/2014||RYU(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|7/22/2014||BECKETT(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||WORLEY(R)|| |
|7/23/2014||HAREN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|7/25/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|7/26/2014|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|7/11/2014||KELLY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||7-6||W||130||7.5 ov||O||11||6||1||12||10||0|
|7/12/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||NELSON(R)||10-2||W||-125||7.5 un||O||12||8||0||6||5||3|
|7/13/2014||MARTINEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||2-11||L||100||8.5 ov||O||5||5||1||19||10||1|
|7/18/2014||LYNN(R)||LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)||3-2||W||-130||7.5 un||U||8||8||0||5||8||0|
|7/19/2014||KELLY(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|7/20/2014||MARTINEZ(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|7/22/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|7/23/2014||LYNN(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|7/25/2014||KELLY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|7/26/2014|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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.
|ST LOUIS: ST. LOUIS (AP) - Last October, the St. Louis Cardinals were sufficiently flush with arms that they carried rookie Shelby Miller and deposed closer Edward Mujica in ceremonial roles and made it to Game 6 of the World Series against Boston.|
After leading major league rookies with 15 wins, Miller was limited to one postseason inning due to concerns about a heavy workload. Mujica was used only in mop-up duty after mid-September.
The National League champions are perhaps even deeper, across the board, entering opening day March 31 at Cincinnati. The team that tied for the major league high with 97 wins has a surplus of viable candidates.
''I think we have the potential to be great,'' said ace Adam Wainwright, who won 19 games and finished second in NL Cy Young balloting. ''We just have to go out there, not listen to the hype, and perform.''
The 32-year-old Wainwright qualifies as the grizzled leader of a rotation that could include three members coming off big rookie debuts. Michael Wacha was a postseason sensation and the NLCS MVP, Miller went wire-to-wire as the fifth starter and Carlos Martinez, who's had an impressive spring, moved into the setup role when fellow rookie Trevor Rosenthal took over as closer.
Wacha and Martinez are 22, Miller and Rosenthal just 23.
There's also 15-game winner Lance Lynn, who struck out 10 in four innings of his last spring training start, and lefty Jaime Garcia could fit into the mix sometime in April coming off shoulder surgery. And don't forget Joe Kelly, another rookie who won 10 games and was the rotation's strongest starter much of the second half.
And one of the National League's best lineups, too.
Much is expected from a loyal fan base that extends several states, and that's OK.
''Our expectations,'' Lynn said, ''are higher than theirs.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Edits second graf to clarify.)
*Dodgers-Cardinals Preview* ===========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Los Angeles (54-43) at St. Louis (52-44), 4:05 p.m. EDT
Zach Greinke's latest strong outing was wasted by a slumping Los Angeles Dodgers offense, something that also happened the last time he took the mound at Busch Stadium.
After again struggling at the plate in their return from the All-Star break, the Dodgers will try to give Greinke some backing Saturday when he faces the St. Louis Cardinals on the road for the first time since last fall's NL championship series.
Greinke (11-5, 2.73 ERA), who is among baseball's leaders in wins, struck out two in one perfect inning of relief during Tuesday's All-Star game.
In his most recent start, the right-hander was charged with a 4-1 loss at Detroit on July 9. He allowed three runs with eight strikeouts in seven innings, but the Dodgers had only five hits and went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position.
Greinke experienced a similar scenario at St. Louis in Game 1 of the NLCS. The offense went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position while Greinke struck out 10 and allowed two runs in eight innings of a 3-2 loss in 13.
That remains the only time he hasn't won over his last six starts against St. Louis. He is 5-0 in that span with a 1.74 ERA, including a 6-4 home victory in Game 5.
He may need a similar outing since Los Angeles (54-44) is batting .198 while scoring 15 runs during a 3-4 stretch. The Dodgers managed five hits Friday and lost 3-2 in the opener of this three-game set.
"It's a game we had a chance because we were able to put some runs on the board late," manager Don Mattingly told MLB's official website. "In close games - this is what we talked about before the game - it's making that key pitch, getting that big out and getting that big hit when you need it."
Joe Kelly (1-1, 3.44) is looking to capitalize on the slumping Dodgers in his second start since missing nearly three months due to a strained left hamstring.
The right-hander was hammered for six runs and seven hits in three innings before the offense bailed him out with seven unanswered runs in a 7-6 win at Milwaukee on July 11.
Kelly will again oppose Greinke after doing so twice in the NLCS, going 0-1 while allowing six runs in 11 innings. However, he's yielded three earned runs in 11 1-3 innings while splitting two regular-season home matchups with the Dodgers.
That includes a 5-1 victory Aug. 6 that kicked off a seven-start stretch at home during which he's gone 5-1 with a 2.40 ERA.
Matt Holliday is 6 for 14 (.429) with six RBIs in his last four home games. The Cardinals left fielder had an RBI double and a two-run homer in the opener of this series after going 0 for 13 in three playoff meetings in St. Louis last year.
He's 3 for 17 over the past three years versus Greinke, including the postseason.
Mattingly isn't too concerned with Matt Kemp claiming he's open to a trade before the July 31 non-waiver deadline if he doesn't get regular playing time, particularly in center. He was moved to left two months ago.
"The headline catches your eye and you read it and you go, 'It's not that big of a deal,'" Mattingly said while claiming he didn't mind that Kemp wanted to play center. "That's fine, he can view himself however he wants. I'm playing him in left."
Kemp is 2 for 17 with 10 strikeouts in his past six games after going 0 for 3 Friday. He struck out with the bases loaded in the third.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 12:34:40 PM EST|