|LA DODGERS ( WOOD )|
PITTSBURGH ( COLE )
|951||LA DODGERS||-165||Ov 8.5,-110||-150||Ov 8.5,+100|
|952||PITTSBURGH||+155||Un 8.5,-110||+140||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||58-24||+22.4||38-38||5.0||0.254||0.328||0.434||0.762||3.3||0.221||0.279||0.358||0.636|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.6||4-3||5.0||0.239||0.322||0.381||0.703||3.3||0.247||0.291||0.414||0.706|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-16||-0.7||15-15||4.4||0.242||0.319||0.378||0.697||5.0||0.270||0.341||0.407||0.748|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||4-3||5.3||0.278||0.341||0.440||0.781||6.6||0.283||0.348||0.537||0.886|
|8/8/2017||MAEDA(R)||@ ARIZONA||GODLEY(R)||3-6||L||-120||9 ov||P||9||5||1||8||6||0|
|8/9/2017||WOOD(L)||@ ARIZONA||GREINKE(R)||3-2||W||-110||8.5 ov||U||5||6||0||7||6||0|
|8/10/2017||DARVISH(R)||@ ARIZONA||BANDA(L)||8-6||W||-165||9 ov||O||9||6||0||10||7||2|
|8/11/2017||HILL(L)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||3-4||L||-275||8 ov||U||8||10||0||7||5||0|
|8/12/2017||RYU(L)||SAN DIEGO||CHACIN(R)||6-3||W||-245||8.5 ov||O||8||8||0||10||10||0|
|8/13/2017||MAEDA(R)||SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)||6-4||W||-290||8.5 ev||O||5||2||1||5||3||1|
|8/15/2017||WOOD(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||GONZALEZ(R)||6-1||W||-375||8.5 un||U||9||9||0||6||6||0|
|8/16/2017||DARVISH(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)||5-4||W||-305||7.5 un||O||9||4||0||12||6||0|
|8/18/2017||HILL(L)||@ DETROIT||ZIMMERMANN(R)||8-5||W||-190||10 ov||O||12||8||0||14||11||0|
|8/19/2017||RYU(L)||@ DETROIT||FULMER(R)||3-0||W||-145||10.5 un||U||6||5||1||4||9||1|
|8/20/2017||MAEDA(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||1-6||L||-140||9 un||U||3||3||0||8||3||0|
|8/21/2017||WOOD(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)|| |
|8/22/2017||STEWART(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||TAILLON(R)|| |
|8/23/2017||HILL(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|8/24/2017||RYU(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||KUHL(R)|| |
|8/9/2017||NOVA(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||0-10||L||115||9 ev||O||3||6||2||14||9||0|
|8/10/2017||COLE(R)||@ DETROIT||VERHAGEN(R)||7-5||W||-160||9.5 ov||O||13||7||0||9||3||0|
|8/11/2017||TAILLON(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)||4-2||W||125||8.5 ov||U||4||2||0||8||7||2|
|8/12/2017||WILLIAMS(R)||@ TORONTO||ROWLEY(R)||2-7||L||-125||9.5 ov||U||8||9||2||8||7||0|
|8/13/2017||KUHL(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||1-7||L||100||9 un||U||4||8||2||7||6||0|
|8/15/2017||NOVA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||DAVIES(R)||1-3||L||120||9 ev||U||6||8||1||7||7||0|
|8/16/2017||COLE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||NELSON(R)||6-7||L||120||8.5 un||O||11||5||0||8||4||2|
|8/17/2017||TAILLON(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||7-11||L||-135||9 un||O||15||10||0||15||8||1|
|8/18/2017||WILLIAMS(R)||ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)||10-11||L||+110||8.5 ov||O||10||6||0||13||6||1|
|8/19/2017||KUHL(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||6-4||W||+105||9 ev||O||12||8||0||7||4||1|
|8/20/2017||NOVA(R)||ST LOUIS||LEAKE(R)||6-3||W||+105||9.5 un||U||9||5||1||11||9||0|
|8/21/2017||COLE(R)||LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)|| |
|8/22/2017||TAILLON(R)||LA DODGERS||STEWART(R)|| |
|8/23/2017||WILLIAMS(R)||LA DODGERS||HILL(L)|| |
|8/24/2017||KUHL(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|8/25/2017||NOVA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||STEPHENSON(R)|| |
|8/26/2017||COLE(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CASTILLO(R)|| |
|8/27/2017||TAILLON(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|8/28/2017|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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.
|PITTSBURGH: 2016: 78-83, third place
Manager: Clint Hurdle (seventh season)
Who's new? RHP Daniel Hudson, IF Phil Gosselin
Who's gone? IF Sean Rodriguez, OF Matt Joyce, SP Jeff Locke, SP Ryan Vogelsong, RP Neftali Feliz, C Eric Fryer
Projected lineup: 2B Josh Harrison (.283, 4 HR, 59 RBI, 19 SB), 1B Josh Bell (.273, 3, 19), RF Andrew McCutchen (.256, 24, 79), CF Starling Marte (.311, 9, 46, 47 SB), LF Gregory Polanco (.258, 22, 86), 3B Jung-ho Kang (.255, 21, 62), C Francisco Cervelli (.264, 1, 33), SS Jordy Mercer (.256, 11, 59)
Rotation: RH Gerrit Cole (7-10, 3.88 ERA), RH Ivan Nova (12-8, 4.17 for Yankees and Pirates), RH Jameson Taillon (5-4, 3.38), RH Chad Kuhl (5-4, 4.20), RH Drew Hutchison (1-0, 5.25 with Blue Jays and Pirates) or Steven Brault (0-3, 4.86) or Trevor Williams (1-1, 7.82) or Tyler Glasnow (0-2, 4.24)
Key relievers: LH Tony Watson (2-5, 3.06, 15/20 SV), RH Daniel Hudson (3-2, 5.22 with Diamondbacks), LH Felipe Rivero (1-6, 4.09 for Nationals and Pirates), RH Juan Nicasio (10-7, 4.50), LH Antonio Bastardo (3-0, 4.52 with Mets and Pirates), RH Jared Hughes (1-1, 3.03), LH Wade LeBlanc (4-0, 3.77 with Mariners and Pirates)
Hot spots: Rotation and closer. Right-hander Glasnow, 23, is a consensus top-25 prospect who made his major league debut last year. The Pirates would love to see him seize the fifth starter's job in camp, but right-hander Hutchison offers a more experienced option if Glasnow isn't ready. Watson became the closer after Mark Melancon was traded to Washington last summer, but his sinker/slider/changeup mix isn't typical ninth-inning stuff. Keep an eye on Rivero, a 25-year-old lefty acquired in the Melancon trade. His fastball actually gained velocity as last season wore on, eventually touching triple digits. Rivero might begin the season as the set-up man but his ascension to the ninth inning seems inevitable.
Outlook: The Pirates made some interesting tweaks after missing the playoffs for the first time in four years. They made no major trades, signed only two major league free agents (pitchers Nova and Hudson) and revamped Hurdle's coaching staff. They also moved their outfielders around: McCutchen goes from center to right, Marte from left to center, and Polanco from right to left. McCutchen is coming off the worst season of his career. So is ace right-hander Cole. The path back to the playoffs begins with the two stars bouncing back. If the team's other homegrown talent ' Taillon, Glasnow, Bell and Polanco ' continue their evolution, Pittsburgh should return to the postseason in 2017.
The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped consecutive games, Alex Wood was on the mound, and he endured the worst outing of his special season.
Wood will be on the mound Monday night in the opener of a four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park when the Dodgers look to rebound from a rare loss.
Wood is 14-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 21 appearances (19 starts) this season. The one loss occurred July 21, when the Dodgers were handed a 12-3 setback by the Braves.
The left-hander allowed season worsts of nine runs (seven earned) and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings against Atlanta. Wood's rough outing occurred after Los Angeles was handed a 6-3 loss by the Braves the previous game, and at the time, it marked the first time the Dodgers dropped consecutive games since June 5-7.
Los Angeles saw its six-game winning streak snapped when it mustered only two hits Sunday in a 6-1 loss at Detroit. Still, to show how much the Dodgers have been rolling, it was only their 10th loss in 62 games since June 7 and their fourth defeat in the past 25 games.
About the only highlight in a rare quiet showing for Los Angeles on Sunday was Curtis Granderson hitting a home run in his second game with the team.
"Well, it's good to go ahead and try to put us in a situation, at that point, to break up the no-hitter, to give us the lead," Granderson said of his sixth-inning shot against Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander that broke a scoreless tie. "But to not get enough to help this team win tonight, I'm a little dissatisfied because you want to put yourself in a situation where we could earn the sweep here."
The Dodgers hope not to experience dissatisfaction when Wood makes his second attempt for a 15th victory. Wood hopes to join Clayton Kershaw with 15 wins, which would mark the eighth time two left-handers won at least 15 games in the same season in franchise history.
The last instance was 1982, when Jerry Reuss and Fernando Valenzuela did it.
Wood's first attempt to get No. 15 occurred Tuesday in Los Angeles when he allowed a run and six hits in seven innings against the White Sox. He did not get a decision when the Dodgers scored five times in the eighth inning for a 6-1 victory over Chicago.
Wood only threw 79 pitches and gave up a home run to Tim Anderson on the first pitch of the game.
"It surprised me a little bit how he turned and burned on that to start the game," Wood said. "After that, we settled down and made some quality pitches."
Wood is 6-0 with a 1.72 ERA in nine road starts this season. Opponents are hitting .201 off him in those starts.
He is 2-2 with a 2.61 ERA in seven games (six starts) against Pittsburgh. He last faced the Pirates on May 8 at Dodger Stadium, allowing two hits in five scoreless innings while striking out 11.
Gerrit Cole (10-8, 4.04 ERA) takes the mound for Pittsburgh and looks to continue his success of late. Cole is 7-2 with a 3.26 ERA in his past 12 starts, though he allowed four runs in six innings in a no-decision at Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Cole's start was even more disappointing since he allowed three homers and unraveled after getting an early four-run lead.
"It's frustrating to get spotted that and not be able to hold it," Cole said. "That's the sour taste in my mouth right now."
Cole's last start was part of a six-game losing streak that followed a stretch of seven Pittsburgh wins in nine games. The Pirates stopped their skid Saturday with a 6-4 win over the Cardinals and followed it up Sunday with a 6-3 win over St. Louis in Williamsport, Pa.
Josh Bell hit a two-run homer and drove in four RBIs to continue his hot streak. In his past 11 games, Bell is hitting .394 (13-for-33) with two homers and 13 RBIs.
Cole is 3-1 with a 5.22 ERA in five career starts against the Dodgers. He allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss at Los Angeles on Aug. 13, 2016.
The Dodgers are 8-1 in the past nine meetings against the Pirates. The series will feature the top two National League rookies in RBIs. Los Angeles' Cody Bellinger has 79 RBIs in 101 games, though he did not play Sunday due to a sprained right ankle. Bell has 72 RBIs in 122 games.
|Last Updated: 9/26/2017 1:29:22 PM EST|