|CHICAGO CUBS ( WADA )|
LA DODGERS ( RYU )
|913||CHICAGO CUBS||+185||Ov 7,-130||+187||Ov 7,-110|
|914||LA DODGERS||-200||Un 7,+110||-205||Un 7,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-11||+4.4||13-11||4.6||0.266||0.319||4.3||0.243||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.1||3-4||3.7||0.267||0.313||2.9||0.207||0.262|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-10||+3.6||8-15||3.7||0.237||0.323||2.9||0.211||0.270|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.6||3-3||4.6||0.272||0.317||2.7||0.236||0.290|
|7/19/2014||WOOD(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||3-9||L||135||8 ev||O||10||7||2||12||7||0|
|7/20/2014||ARRIETA(R)||@ ARIZONA||COLLMENTER(R)||2-3||L||100||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||6||6||0|
|7/22/2014||HENDRICKS(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||6-0||W||-135||9.5 ev||U||11||8||1||5||6||0|
|7/23/2014||WADA(L)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||3-8||L||-105||6.5 un||O||4||7||0||8||11||0|
|7/24/2014||JACKSON(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||3-13||L||+115||7 un||O||9||10||2||14||8||2|
|7/25/2014||WOOD(L)||ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||7-6||W||+100||9.5 ev||O||11||9||2||12||8||1|
|7/26/2014||ARRIETA(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||3-6||L||-130||8.5 ov||O||8||4||1||8||7||0|
|7/27/2014||HENDRICKS(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||0-1||L||+145||7.5 ov||U||6||7||0||9||5||0|
|7/29/2014||JACKSON(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||4-3||W||+100||7.5 ov||U||12||16||1||9||12||0|
|8/1/2014||HENDRICKS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)||8-2||W||135||7.5 un||O||13||9||2||4||3||1|
|8/2/2014||WADA(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|8/3/2014||JACKSON(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)|| |
|8/5/2014||WOOD(L)||@ COLORADO||ANDERSON(L)|| |
|8/6/2014||ARRIETA(R)||@ COLORADO||LYLES(R)|| |
|8/7/2014||HENDRICKS(R)||@ COLORADO||MORALES(L)|| |
|8/8/2014||WADA(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|8/9/2014|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|7/19/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||2-4||L||-150||7.5 un||U||6||5||2||8||8||1|
|7/20/2014||KERSHAW(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)||4-3||W||-170||6.5 un||O||11||9||0||7||5||0|
|7/21/2014||RYU(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||VOLQUEZ(R)||5-2||W||105||7.5 un||U||12||11||0||6||5||0|
|7/22/2014||BECKETT(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||WORLEY(R)||7-12||L||105||8 un||O||9||9||0||12||8||2|
|7/23/2014||HAREN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||1-6||L||145||7.5 un||U||5||6||0||9||4||0|
|7/25/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||8-1||W||-130||6.5 ov||O||15||9||0||7||8||0|
|7/26/2014||KERSHAW(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||5-0||W||-180||6 ev||U||11||8||1||2||3||1|
|7/27/2014||RYU(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||PEAVY(R)||4-3||W||-125||7 un||P||6||7||0||7||5||2|
|8/1/2014||HAREN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||2-8||L||-145||7.5 un||O||4||3||1||13||9||2|
|8/2/2014||RYU(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||WADA(L)|| |
|8/3/2014||BECKETT(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|8/4/2014||GREINKE(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|8/5/2014||KERSHAW(L)||LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|8/6/2014||HAREN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)|| |
|8/7/2014||RYU(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|8/8/2014||BECKETT(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)|| |
|8/9/2014|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|CHICAGO CUBS: CHICAGO (AP) - Wrigley Field is decked out for the party of a century.|
As for the Chicago Cubs?
It looks like there won't be much to celebrate this season other than their ballpark's 100th anniversary. As Wrigley hits a milestone, the Cubs remain in a rebuilding mode, hoping to avoid their fifth straight losing season.
They have a new manager in Rick Renteria. Their outlook looks about the same, though.
It's all about the future, the prized prospects in the system, no matter how painful that might be to the players in uniform at the major league level. More lumps appear to be in store for the Cubs as they enter their third year with Theo Epstein as president of baseball operations.
''The objective is to win as many games as possible, be the last man standing and bring a championship to the city of Chicago,'' pitcher Edwin Jackson said. ''The motivation is still the same. The message is still the same. We want to go out and win. We don't want to go out and be a pushover.''
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CHICAGO CUBS-LA DODGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cubs-Dodgers Preview* ======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Chicago (46-62) at Los Angeles (62-48), 9:10 p.m. EDT
A three-game series with the last-place Chicago Cubs seemed to be an ideal chance for the Los Angeles Dodgers to stay hot.
Instead, they've looking to Hyun-jin Ryu to get them back on track.
Ryu will try to help the Dodgers bounce back from their first loss in seven games by continuing his recent success Saturday night against the Cubs.
Los Angeles (62-48) entered this series with a season-high six-game winning streak, but it ended with an 8-2 loss to the last-place Cubs (46-62).
Still, the Dodgers have won nine of the past 11 meetings with Chicago, and are turning to Ryu (12-5, 3.44 ERA) to help them widen their 2 1/2-game lead on second-place San Francisco.
The left-hander has won three straight starts behind a 2.37 ERA with 22 strikeouts and two walks in 19 innings, limiting opponents to a .186 average.
Ryu is one victory shy of moving into a tie for the most in baseball following Sunday's 4-3 win at San Francisco. He struck out seven Giants and allowed three runs in six innings.
Ryu's impressive stretch has been spurred by some mechanical adjustments. He changed the grip and arm angle on his slider on advice from Clayton Kershaw and also tweaked his curveball after talking with Josh Beckett, according to MLB's official website.
"Ever since then, it's a go-to pitch," manager Don Mattingly said of Ryu's curve.
Ryu earned a 6-2 road win in his only career meeting with the Cubs on Aug. 2, 2013, allowing two runs while scattering 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings.
He'll now face a Chicago team that's hit .285 while winning four of five games, matching its number of victories over the previous 19.
Chris Coghlan had two hits Friday, and his .372 average since June 30 leads the NL. Luis Valbuena had a solo homer and an RBI single in the series opener, giving him two blasts and six RBIs in his past three contests.
The Cubs are giving the ball to Tsuyoshi Wada (1-1, 3.38), who will try to build on his first win in the majors. The 33-year-old rookie left-hander, a veteran of nine seasons in Japan and three in the minors, allowed one run in seven innings of a 4-1 win over Colorado on Monday.
Wada totaled nine inning over his first two starts.
"He executed pitches, got some big outs when he needed to and got out of traffic that developed late," manager Rick Renteria said. "He did a nice job and gave us some innings."
Wada may have to contend with Yasiel Puig, who is 13 for 29 with three doubles, four triples, one homer and nine runs in his last six games. The All-Star right fielder also pounds Cubs pitching, going 12 for 24 with six runs in seven meetings. However, Puig exited Friday's loss with mild left hamstring soreness in the seventh as a precautionary measure.
That was followed by reliever Paul Maholm injuring his right knee covering first for the final out of the inning, while first baseman Adrian Gonzalez left in the third with a right knee contusion.
Dee Gordon, meanwhile, should be back in the lineup after stealing two bases Friday, giving him a major league leading 50 - the most by a Dodger since Juan Pierre had 64 in 2007.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 11:20:53 PM EST|