|LA DODGERS ( MAEDA )|
PHILADELPHIA ( LEITER JR )
|901||LA DODGERS||-215||Ov 9.5,+105||-210||Ov 9,+100|
|902||PHILADELPHIA||+195||Un 9.5,-125||+190||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||66-42||-6||52-49||4.5||0.246||0.321||0.417||0.738||3.6||0.224||0.285||0.366||0.651|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-5.9||2-4||3.6||0.208||0.291||0.416||0.706||3.9||0.188||0.258||0.319||0.577|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-71||-23.9||52-49||4.2||0.254||0.312||0.399||0.712||5.1||0.269||0.329||0.440||0.769|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+6.5||3-4||5.0||0.219||0.282||0.379||0.661||3.3||0.201||0.271||0.410||0.681|
|9/11/2017||MAEDA(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||STRATTON(R)||6-8||L||-200||8 ov||O||8||11||0||12||5||1|
|9/12/2017||KERSHAW(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CUETO(R)||5-3||W||-260||6.5 ev||O||9||13||1||14||11||0|
|9/13/2017||DARVISH(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)||4-1||W||-220||7.5 ev||U||6||9||0||5||2||2|
|9/15/2017||WOOD(L)||@ WASHINGTON||JACKSON(R)||7-0||W||-150||9.5 ev||U||9||5||0||4||8||0|
|9/16/2017||HILL(L)||@ WASHINGTON||COLE(R)||3-2||W||-160||9 ov||U||7||8||0||5||4||0|
|9/17/2017||RYU(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||1-7||L||135||8 un||P||5||9||0||8||6||1|
|9/18/2017||KERSHAW(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PIVETTA(R)||3-4||L||-380||7.5 ov||U||5||5||0||4||2||0|
|9/19/2017||DARVISH(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||NOLA(R)||2-6||L||-155||7.5 ev||O||9||7||1||8||6||0|
|9/20/2017||WOOD(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||THOMPSON(R)||5-7||L||-260||8.5 ov||O||7||9||1||6||3||0|
|9/21/2017||MAEDA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEITER JR.(R)|| |
|9/22/2017||HILL(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||RYU(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|9/24/2017||KERSHAW(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||STRATTON(R)|| |
|9/25/2017||DARVISH(R)||SAN DIEGO||WOOD(L)|| |
|9/26/2017||WOOD(L)||SAN DIEGO||LAMET(R)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|9/7/2017||NOLA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)||3-4||L||130||8 ev||U||8||6||1||10||8||1|
|9/8/2017||THOMPSON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||SCHERZER(R)||10-11||L||280||8 ov||O||14||7||2||16||9||0|
|9/9/2017||LEITER JR.(R)||@ WASHINGTON||JACKSON(R)||5-4||W||155||9 ov||P||9||8||1||7||5||0|
|9/10/2017||LIVELY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||2-3||L||200||8 un||U||5||2||0||6||4||0|
|9/15/2017||LEITER JR.(R)||OAKLAND||MENGDEN(R)||0-4||L||-130||10 un||U||2||1||0||8||6||0|
|9/18/2017||PIVETTA(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||4-3||W||+305||7.5 ov||U||4||2||0||5||5||0|
|9/19/2017||NOLA(R)||LA DODGERS||DARVISH(R)||6-2||W||+145||7.5 ev||O||8||6||0||9||7||1|
|9/20/2017||THOMPSON(R)||LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)||7-5||W||+230||8.5 ov||O||6||3||0||7||9||1|
|9/21/2017||LEITER JR.(R)||LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)|| |
|9/22/2017||LIVELY(R)||@ ATLANTA||NEWCOMB(L)|| |
|9/23/2017||ALVAREZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||PIVETTA(R)||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|9/27/2017|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|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.
|PHILADELPHIA: 2016: 71-91, fourth place
Manager: Pete Mackanin (third season)
Who's new? LF Howie Kendrick, RF Michael Saunders, C Ryan Hanigan, OF Chris Coghlan, RHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Joaquin Benoit
Who's gone? C A.J. Ellis, 1B Ryan Howard, INF Andres Blanco, OF Peter Bourjos, RHP Charlie Morton, RHP David Hernandez
Projected lineup: 2B Cesar Hernandez (.294, 6 HR, 39 RBI, 17 SB), LF Howie Kendrick (.255, 8, 40, 10 with Dodgers), CF Odubel Herrera (.286, 15, 49, 25), 3B Maikel Franco (.255, 25, 88), RF Michael Saunders (.253, 24, 57 with Blue Jays), 1B Tommy Joseph (.257, 21, 47), C Cameron Rupp (.252, 16, 54), SS Freddy Galvis (.241, 3, 20, 17 SB)
Rotation: RH Jeremy Hellickson (11-14, 3.65 ERA), RH Aaron Nola (6-9, 4.78), RH Clay Buchholz (8-10, 4.78 with Red Sox), RH Vince Velasquez (8-6, 4.12), Jerad Eickhoff (11-14, 3.65)
Key relievers: Jeanmar Gomez (3-5, 4.85, 37/43 SV), Joaquin Benoit (2-0, 0.38 with Blue Jays), Hector Neris (4-4, 2.58), Pat Neshek (2-2, 3.06 with Astros), Edubray Ramos (1-3, 3.83)
Hot spots: Shortstop and closer. Philadelphia is waiting for the arrival of J.P. Crawford, the marquee name in the farm system. Crawford struggled in his first exposure to Triple-A last year, batting .250 with seven home runs in 123 games. In the meantime shortstop belongs to Galvis, who had an MLB-worst .274 on-base percentage last season. Crawford will get a chance once he's deemed ready. Gomez had a 19.13 ERA last September, possibly opening the door for Ramos, Neris or newcomer Benoit to seize the closer's job in spring training.
Outlook: On the long road back to respectability, the Phillies appear closer to the end than the beginning. Young starters Nola, Velasquez and Eickhoff showed flashes of brilliance last year. So did center fielder Herrera, who was rewarded with a five-year contract extension. He's the only player on the roster with a guaranteed contract beyond this year. That points to 2017 as a major transition year with prospects and veterans auditioning for jobs in 2018 and beyond, when the Phillies can be active in free agency.
|Dodgers try to avoid sweep at Philadelphia|
PHILADELPHIA -- The Los Angeles Dodgers will not be leaving Philadelphia with their fifth straight National League West title.
They don't want to take a fifth straight loss with them, either.
The Dodgers play the finale of a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, and they cannot clinch their fifth consecutive division title even if they win.
The magic number remained at two after the Dodgers fell to the Phillies 7-5 on Wednesday night and the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks rallied to beat the San Diego Padres 13-7. The Diamondbacks are off Thursday.
Los Angeles will play the last contest of a 10-game road trip that leads into its final homestand of the regular season.
The Dodgers (96-56) have already clinched a playoff spot and still own the best record in baseball despite dropping 20 of their past 25 games.
"There might be a little bit of that," Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said of his team getting anxious to clinch the division. "We just seem like we're so close to that finish line as far as clinching. But (Wednesday night) the energy was really good."
Meanwhile, the Phillies (61-91) have come from behind to win the first three games of the series.
"They're a playoff team," Philadelphia center fielder Odubel Herrera said of the Dodgers. "For everyone in the clubhouse, it's motivation to come in here and play hard."
Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr has hit a home run in each of the first three games of the series. He hit a grand slam off Clayton Kershaw on Monday night and recorded three hits and four RBIs on Wednesday.
The Phillies are 11-8 in August and 18-14 over their past 32 games.
"I think what (Phillies manager Pete Mackanin) and his coaching staff is doing with those guys is tremendous," Roberts said. "They're an athletic group, they play the game the right way, and they play hard."
Kenta Maeda (12-6, 4.21 ERA) will take the ball for the Dodgers on Thursday afternoon, making his fourth career start against the Phillies. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 3.50 ERA and 1.00 WHIP against Philadelphia in his career, including a strong appearance on April 28 when he held the Phillies to two runs in seven innings and recorded eight strikeouts.
Thursday will be Maeda's first start since Sept. 11, as the Dodgers opted to skip his scheduled start Sunday in Washington.
Things did not go as well for Maeda in his most recent outing. The 29-year-old from Japan gave up four runs to the San Francisco Giants in three innings of Los Angeles' 8-6 loss.
Maeda likely will be shifted to the Dodgers' bullpen during the postseason, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Phillies rookie Mark Leiter Jr. (3-6, 4.93 ERA) will be make his 10th big-league start of the season Thursday. Leiter has bounced between the bullpen and the rotation this season -- as well as from Triple-A to the majors -- but he has been part of the Phillies' rotation for the past month.
The right-hander is 3-5 with a 5.19 ERA as a starter. He allowed a total of eight runs in 12 innings over his past two starts, but he struck out 17 in that span.
Leiter pitched a scoreless inning of relief against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on April 28 in his major league debut.
|Last Updated: 10/23/2017 2:55:26 AM EST|