|LA DODGERS ( RYU )|
ATLANTA ( SANTANA )
|953||LA DODGERS||+100||Ov 7,-115||+105||Ov 7,+110|
|954||ATLANTA||-110||Un 7,-105||-115||Un 7,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-42||-3.4||46-43||4.2||0.264||0.324||3.9||0.250||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4||2-5||4.0||0.285||0.338||2.7||0.192||0.231|
|vs Left-handed Starters||12-11||-1.2||10-12||3.9||0.251||0.307||3.8||0.255||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.2||3-3||2.9||0.232||0.289||4.6||0.253||0.313|
|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)||5-2||W||-185||7 un||P||11||8||0||13||12||0|
|8/3/2014||BECKETT(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||3-7||L||-185||8 un||O||9||4||0||10||10||0|
|8/4/2014||GREINKE(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||0-5||L||-115||6.5 un||U||5||7||2||7||4||0|
|8/5/2014||KERSHAW(L)||LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(L)||5-4||W||-215||6.5 un||O||7||6||0||8||4||3|
|8/6/2014||HAREN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)||2-1||W||140||8.5 un||U||9||8||0||5||3||0|
|8/7/2014||RYU(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||7-0||W||-110||7.5 ov||U||13||12||0||2||4||1|
|8/8/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||3-9||L||135||8.5 un||O||9||8||2||7||2||0|
|8/9/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||FIERS(R)||1-4||L||-130||7.5 un||U||4||3||0||9||4||0|
|8/10/2014||KERSHAW(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||NELSON(R)||5-1||W||-145||6.5 ov||U||14||12||0||6||4||2|
|8/11/2014||CORREIA(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||6-2||W||170||7.5 ev||O||11||7||0||6||5||1|
|8/12/2014||HAREN(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||4-2||W||120||8 un||U||10||7||1||6||6||1|
|8/13/2014||RYU(L)||@ ATLANTA||SANTANA(R)|| |
|8/14/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||HARANG(R)|| |
|8/19/2014||RYU(L)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|8/20/2014|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|7/30/2014||WOOD(L)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||2-3||L||160||6.5 un||U||6||6||1||11||11||1|
|7/31/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-2||L||190||6 un||U||9||4||0||5||5||0|
|8/1/2014||MINOR(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||1-10||L||-120||7 un||O||4||9||0||20||11||2|
|8/2/2014||SANTANA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||2-3||L||-115||6 ov||U||11||14||0||9||14||0|
|8/3/2014||HARANG(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||3-4||L||120||6.5 ov||O||8||6||0||10||13||1|
|8/5/2014||WOOD(L)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||2-4||L||150||6 un||P||6||4||1||6||6||0|
|8/6/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ SEATTLE||YOUNG(R)||3-7||L||-115||7 un||O||10||8||0||12||7||0|
|8/11/2014||TEHERAN(R)||LA DODGERS||CORREIA(R)||2-6||L||-180||7.5 ev||O||6||5||1||11||7||0|
|8/12/2014||MINOR(L)||LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)||2-4||L||-130||8 un||U||6||6||1||10||7||1|
|8/13/2014||SANTANA(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|8/14/2014||HARANG(R)||LA DODGERS||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|8/18/2014||SANTANA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||WORLEY(R)|| |
|8/19/2014||HARANG(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|8/20/2014|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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.
|ATLANTA: ATLANTA (AP) - For the Atlanta Braves, spring training turned into a matter of survival.|
No wonder they're so eager to get the season going.
The defending NL East champions lost a big chunk of their starting rotation down in Florida: projected opening day starter Kris Medlen and fellow right-hander Brandon Beachy both underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time and are out for the season. Another starter, Mike Minor, will also begin the year on the disabled list as he recovers from a sore shoulder.
But the Braves are nothing if not resourceful. They quickly signed Ervin Santana to a $14.1 million, one-year contract and have every intention of getting back to the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years.
''We still have a great team,'' closer Craig Kimbrel said. ''It's tough losing two top pitchers. But getting Santana was really big. I want to be closing out division titles and championships and World Series. I think we've still got the group to do it.''
The Braves will have a different look behind the plate after longtime catcher Brian McCann signed with the New York Yankees. But another title in a lackluster division is certainly a possibility, especially if second baseman Dan Uggla and center fielder B.J. Upton bounce back from dismal seasons in which both hit under .200. They showed signs of turning things around in spring training.
''Time will tell,'' general manager Frank Wren said, ''but we really like what we've seen so far.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (LA DODGERS-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Braves Preview* ========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Los Angeles (68-52) at Atlanta (60-58), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Hyun-jin Ryu's recent dominance can be traced to a mechanical adjustment and the addition of a slider.
Extended rest has also been a contributing factor.
Ryu goes for a fifth straight victory Wednesday night, when the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers attempt to beat the Atlanta Braves for the sixth time in a row.
Ryu (13-5, 3.21 ERA) is among the major league leaders in wins and has looked every bit like one of the best pitchers in the majors lately. He's 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA with 32 strikeouts and four walks over 33 innings in his last five starts. The left-hander was tagged for seven runs and 10 hits over 2 1-3 innings in a 14-5 loss at Detroit on July 8 in his last outing before the win streak.
He's changed the grip and arm angle on his slider and also tweaked his curveball.
Those moves continued to pay dividends Thursday, when Ryu went seven innings and combined with two relievers on a two-hitter in a 7-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels.
"I thought he did a nice job of changing speeds, using both sides of the plate," manager Don Mattingly told MLB's official website. "He was able to keep them off balance enough and use all of his pitches. He's a guy that's a handful for anybody, and adding the slider is another weapon for him."
Additional rest also seems to benefit Ryu, who is 17-5 with a 2.70 ERA in 27 starts when he gets five or more days of rest, and he's taking the mound at Turner Field under those circumstances.
He's also held the Braves to three runs in 12 2-3 innings while not getting a decision in two career meetings. Beating Atlanta (60-59) for the first time would match his win total from last season - his first in the majors.
It would also improve the Dodgers (69-52) to 6-0 in the season series for the first time since 1988. Each of their five wins this year have come during a 13-5 stretch, including Tuesday's 4-2 victory.
While Los Angeles' pitchers have a 2.74 ERA over the past 18 games and 1.67 during a three-game winning streak, Carl Crawford has sparked the offense with six hits in this series. He's 8 for 12 with three runs in three games after batting .167 in the previous 23 after returning from a sprained left ankle.
Atlanta, meanwhile, has averaged 2.5 runs while losing nine of 11 and is now five games back of NL East-leading Washington.
"We're always just a couple of hits away from winning the game. It can't happen like that all year," said center fielder B.J. Upton, who homered Tuesday. "A lot of people look at the Nationals in front of us. But there's a lot of baseball to play. It's no time to panic."
The Braves should still be confident with Ervin Santana (11-6, 3.69) taking the mound Wednesday.
He's a posted a 2.60 ERA during a five-start home win streak, extending that run with a 7-6 victory over the Nationals on Friday. The right-hander was cruising through five scoreless innings with a seven-run lead before giving up four and leaving after the sixth.
Santana is 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA over his past three starts against the Dodgers, but he hasn't faced them since a loss with the Angels on June 23, 2012.
Santana has been especially tough on Adrian Gonzalez, Juan Uribe and Matt Kemp, holding them to a combined 4 for 36 (.111).
|Last Updated: 10/23/2014 4:56:53 AM EST|