|MIAMI ( NICOLINO )|
LA DODGERS ( WOOD )
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-4||-0.3||4-3||4.3||0.266||0.310||0.409||0.718||5.6||0.251||0.342||0.429||0.771|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.5||3-3||2.0||0.209||0.264||0.356||0.620||5.9||0.276||0.371||0.393||0.764|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-8||-3.5||5-11||4.4||0.241||0.334||0.367||0.701||3.4||0.250||0.303||0.364||0.667|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.5||4-3||4.9||0.273||0.359||0.433||0.792||3.4||0.265||0.296||0.395||0.691|
|5/5/2017||KOEHLER(R)||@ NY METS||MONTERO(R)||7-8||L||-105||9 ev||O||13||12||0||10||5||0|
|5/6/2017||DESPAIGNE(R)||@ NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)||3-11||L||125||9 un||O||10||7||3||7||8||0|
|5/7/2017||URENA(R)||@ NY METS||WILK(L)||7-0||W||110||8.5 ev||U||13||9||1||1||5||1|
|5/8/2017||CONLEY(L)||ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)||4-9||L||+110||8 ov||O||7||2||2||10||9||0|
|5/9/2017||STRAILY(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||5-6||L||-110||8 ov||O||6||4||1||9||4||0|
|5/10/2017||KOEHLER(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||5-7||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||9||11||1||12||9||0|
|5/17/2017||URENA(R)||HOUSTON||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||0-3||L||+140||8 un||U||3||9||1||8||10||0|
|5/18/2017||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-7||L||180||8 ov||O||7||7||0||11||9||0|
|5/19/2017||NICOLINO(L)||@ LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)|| |
|5/20/2017||STRAILY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||URIAS(L)|| |
|5/21/2017||KOEHLER(R)||@ LA DODGERS||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|5/23/2017||URENA(R)||@ OAKLAND||HAHN(R)|| |
|5/24/2017||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)|| |
|5/26/2017|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|5/5/2017||MAEDA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CHACIN(R)||8-2||W||-155||7.5 un||O||14||8||1||4||7||1|
|5/6/2017||KERSHAW(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||10-2||W||-260||6.5 ev||O||8||5||3||7||10||1|
|5/11/2017||RYU(L)||@ COLORADO||HOFFMAN(R)||7-10||L||100||10.5 un||O||14||9||1||12||10||0|
|5/12/2017||KERSHAW(L)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||6-2||W||-180||10 ev||U||9||4||1||7||4||0|
|5/13/2017||WOOD(L)||@ COLORADO||ANDERSON(L)||4-0||W||-125||10.5 un||U||7||6||0||7||7||0|
|5/14/2017||URIAS(L)||@ COLORADO||SENZATELA(R)||6-9||L||-135||11.5 ov||O||12||11||1||13||3||0|
|5/15/2017||MCCARTHY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||4-8||L||-145||7.5 ov||O||8||6||1||10||5||0|
|5/16/2017||HILL(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BLACH(L)||1-2||L||-165||7.5 un||U||7||6||0||11||7||0|
|5/17/2017||KERSHAW(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CUETO(R)||6-1||W||-180||6.5 ov||O||9||5||0||4||2||0|
|5/23/2017||HILL(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|5/24/2017||KERSHAW(L)||ST LOUIS||LEAKE(R)|| |
|5/25/2017||RYU(L)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|5/26/2017|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|MIAMI: 2016: 79-82, third place
Manager: Don Mattingly (second season)
Who's new? C A.J. Ellis, RHP Edinson Volquez, RHP Dan Straily, RHP Brad Ziegler, RHP Junichi Tazawa, LHP Jeff Locke
Who's gone? C Jeff Mathis, INF Chris Johnson, RHP Andrew Cashner, LHP Mike Dunn, RHP Fernando Rodney
Projected lineup: SS Dee Gordon (.268, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 30 SB in 79 games), 3B Martin Prado (.305, 8, 75), CF Christian Yelich (.298, 21, 98), RF Giancarlo Stanton (.240, 27, 74 in 119 games), LF Marcell Ozuna (.266, 23, 76), 1B Justin Bour (.264, 15, 51), C J.T. Realmuto (.303, 11, 48, 12 SB), SS Adeiny Hechavarria (.236, 3, 38)
Rotation: LH Wei-Yin Chen (5-5, 4.96), RH Edinson Volquez (10-11, 5.37 with Royals), LH Adam Conley (8-6, 3.85), RH Dan Straily (14-8, 3.76 with Reds), RH Tom Koehler (9-13, 4.33)
Key relievers: RH A.J. Ramos (1-4, 2.81 40/43 SV), RH Brad Ziegler (2-3, 2.28, 18/20 SV with Diamondbacks), RH Junichi Tazawa (3-2, 4.17 with Red Sox), RH Kyle Barraclough (6-3, 2.85), RH David Phelps (7-6, 2.28), RH Dustin McGowan (1-3, 2.82)
Hot spots: Middle infield. Gordon and Hechavarria were a throwback double-play combo in 2016: strong defense up the middle, light with the bats. That would be OK in some lineups, but only three MLB teams scored fewer runs per game last season than Miami. Derek Dietrich was a more than capable fill-in during Gordon's PED suspension, posting a .374 on-base percentage. How long can Mattingly keep Dietrich on the bench if Gordon and Hechavarria struggle to hit?
Outlook: There are many recent examples of teams taking the 'stars and scrubs' approach to roster construction. It never ends well. The Marlins lost their brightest star when ace right-hander Jose Fernandez died far too young; replacing his production and presence was impossible. The remaining stars come with major question marks. Can Stanton stay healthy? If not, can Yelich and Bour be the pillars of the lineup? Who's the star of this pitching staff? No team managed by Mattingly has lost more than 82 games in a season. That will change in 2017.
|LA DODGERS: 2016: 91-71, first place, lost to Chicago Cubs in NLCS
Manager: Dave Roberts (second season)
Who's new? IF Logan Forsythe, OF Franklin Gutierrez, OF Brett Eibner, RHP Sergio Romo
Who's gone? OF Josh Reddick, C Carlos Ruiz, RHP Joe Blanton, RHP Jose De Leon, LHP J.P. Howell, RHP Louis Coleman, RHP Jesse Chavez
Projected lineup: 2B Logan Forsythe (.264, 20 HR, 52 RBI with Rays) or Chase Utley (.252, 14, 52), SS Corey Seager (.308, 26 72), 3B Justin Turner (.275, 27, 90), 1B Adrian Gonzalez (.285, 18, 90), RF Yasiel Puig (.263, 11, 45) or Andre Ethier (.208, 1, 2 in 16 games), C Yasmani Grandal (.228, 27, 72), CF Joc Pederson (.246, 25, 68), LF Andrew Toles (.314, 3, 16) or Trayce Thompson (.225, 13, 32)
Rotation: LH Clayton Kershaw (12-4, 1.69 ERA), RH Kenta Maeda (16-11, 3.48), LH Rich Hill (12-5, 2.12 with A's and Dodgers), RH Brandon McCarthy (2-3, 4.95), LH Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-1, 11.57 in one game) or LH Alex Wood (1-4, 3.73)
Key relievers: RH Kenley Jansen (3-2, 1.83, 47/53 SV), RH Pedro Baez (3-2, 3.04), LH Grant Dayton (0-1, 2.05), LH Luis Avilan (3-0, 3.20), RH Josh Fields (1-0, 4.63 with Astros and Dodgers), RH Sergio Romo (1-0, 2.64 with Giants), RH Chris Hatcher (5-4, 5.53)
Hot spots: Outfield and rotation. The Dodgers set a record for Disabled List trips in 2016. Ethier, who missed most of last season with a broken tibia, compared his recent back injury to 'Groundhog Day.' Even without Ethier there isn't room for Puig, Pederson, Toles, Thompson, Scott Van Slyke, Franklin Gutierrez and Brett Eibner. The pitching staff was decimated last year too, but a deep farm system produced a wave of capable reinforcements. If Scott Kazmir, McCarthy or Ryu can't pitch, Julio Urias, Brock Stewart and Ross Stripling can step in.
Outlook: After two straight winters laying low on the free agent market, Andrew Friedman bet big on his 2016 roster. Turner, Jansen, Hill and Utley all re-signed, giving the Dodgers a chance to prove last season's NLCS run wasn't a fluke. A full season of Kershaw and Hill ' to name just two ' would improve the team's chances of claiming a fifth straight division title. If the Dodgers want to take the next step, they'll have to get past the defending champion Chicago Cubs, a potential perennial powerhouse whose roster remains similarly intact.
|Slumping Marlins search for answers in L.A.|
LOS ANGELES -- The Miami Marlins would love to find any solution to stop the bleeding. So far, little has worked.
"To be honest with you, I'm not sure," first baseman Justin Bour said when asked what the Marlins need do to halt their losing ways. "It's just a matter of each guy showing up each day and eventually it will turn."
Bour attempted to turn the Marlins' misfortunes in a positive direction during a 7-2 setback to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday in the opening game of a four-game series at Dodger Stadium. Bour went 2-for-3 with his ninth homer, but a lack of offense hurt the Marlins again.
The Dodgers (24-18) got a two-run homer from Yasiel Puig, two RBIs from Chase Utley and a solid outing from their bullpen, which fanned 10 of 13 batters to seal the deal.
Marlins lefty Justin Nicolino (0-0, 1.50 ERA) will oppose Dodgers southpaw Alex Wood (4-0, 2.27) in the second game of the series on Friday.
A year ago, the Marlins could do no wrong against the Dodgers. They swept a four-game series from Los Angeles in manager Don Mattingly's first return since parting ways with the Dodgers two years ago.
"Something like that would be appreciated if that could happen again," Mattingly said.
The Thursday loss was the fourth straight for the Marlins (14-26) and the 18th in the team's past 22 games. The Dodgers took advantage of five runs off Marlins starter Edinson Volquez in the first three innings to prevail.
Mattingly will give the ball to the 25-year-old Nicolino, who was 1-3 with Triple-A New Orleans before being recalled last weekend. In his major league season debut on Sunday, Nicolino received a no-decision in a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Nicolino worked six innings, allowing a run on six hits with five strikeouts and four walks.
Nicolino, who is 8-10 in 26 major league starts, experienced one of his best outings against the Dodgers on April 28, 2016. Nicolino threw two-hit ball over 7 1/3 innings in a 2-0 win over the Dodgers. He struck out two and walked two.
In two career outings vs. Los Angeles, Nicolino is 1-1 with a 3.97 ERA.
Wood has provided the Dodgers with some solid starts after injuries forced him into the rotation. He tossed six scoreless innings Saturday, striking out 10, walking one and allowing five hits with his fourth straight win in a 4-0 Los Angeles victory at Colorado in his last start.
In his six starts this season, Wood has limited batters to a .187 average with 48 strikeouts and 11 walks in 35 2/3 innings.
Against the Marlins, Wood is 4-3 with a 3.42 ERA in 11 career games (eight starts). He hasn't faced Miami since May 16, 2015, when he was a member of the Braves. Wood allowed two runs on seven hits with one strikeout and two walks in seven innings in a game Atlanta won 5-3.
Los Angeles probably will be without third baseman Justin Turner, who left the Thursday contest after sustaining a right hamstring injury. Turner will be re-evaluated on Friday.
"I know to my eyes it didn't look good coming off third base," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "But for the strength to still be there right now (is reason) to be a little optimistic."
|Last Updated: 5/28/2018 2:21:48 AM EST|