|LA DODGERS ( HILL )|
PITTSBURGH ( WILLIAMS )
|953||LA DODGERS||-165||Ov 9,-120||-150||Ov 9,-110|
|954||PITTSBURGH||+155||Un 9,+100||+140||Un 9,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||60-24||+24.4||40-38||5.0||0.254||0.328||0.433||0.762||3.4||0.221||0.280||0.359||0.639|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.6||4-3||5.3||0.247||0.338||0.372||0.711||3.7||0.247||0.306||0.421||0.727|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-17||-1.7||16-15||4.4||0.241||0.317||0.381||0.698||5.1||0.268||0.339||0.406||0.745|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||6-1||6.4||0.289||0.352||0.488||0.841||7.1||0.282||0.352||0.511||0.863|
|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)||6-5||W||-140||8 ov||O||10||12||0||10||10||1|
|8/22/2017||STEWART(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||TAILLON(R)||8-5||W||-115||9 ev||O||10||8||0||7||5||0|
|8/23/2017||HILL(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|8/24/2017||RYU(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||KUHL(R)|| |
|8/29/2017|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|8/30/2017|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|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)||5-6||L||+130||8 ov||O||10||10||1||10||12||0|
|8/22/2017||TAILLON(R)||LA DODGERS||STEWART(R)||5-8||L||+105||9 ev||O||7||5||0||10||8||0|
|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|| || |
|8/29/2017|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|8/30/2017|| ||@ 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.
|Pirates face challenge against high-flying Dodgers|
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to slow down the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers when the teams meet again Wednesday night at PNC Park.
The Dodgers (89-35) won the first two games of the four-game series, defeating the Pirates 8-5 on Tuesday after capturing the opener 6-5 in 12 innings on Monday.
The Pirates (60-66) have lost eight of their past 10 games.
Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez collected his 2,000th career hit with a double down the right field line in the sixth inning on Tuesday. He has a hit in four of his past five games and nine of his past 12.
"He's just a pro, and the longevity, what it takes to get 2,000 hits, I can't fathom," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "I know that his teammates are really excited for him, and it's quite a milestone."
Roberts said the Los Angeles lineup is considerably more dangerous with Gonzalez hot.
"That's invaluable," Roberts said. "The consistent quality at-bat that Adrian does give us, when he's right, it's taxing on a starter. I mean, it really is, on a pitching staff."
Gonzalez might have to continue hitting well if the Los Angeles starters keep struggling early against Pittsburgh, which scored five runs in the third inning Tuesday after taking a 3-0 lead on three solo home runs the previous night.
The Dodgers will turn Wednesday to left-hander Rich Hill (9-4, 3.54 ERA), hoping he will be able to settle things. He has not allowed more than three runs in 10 straight starts dating to June 15, when he gave up seven runs and eight hits in four innings against the Cleveland Indians.
Despite his impressive stretch, Hill has only completed the sixth inning once in his past four starts. He went five innings his last time out on Friday, when he allowed three runs and three hits with five strikeouts and three walks against the Detroit Tigers.
Hill has won five consecutive decisions.
After Los Angeles starter Brock Stewart struggled Tuesday, Dodgers relievers pitched seven shutout innings.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle knows the bullpen could play a factor again.
"(Tony) Watson, (Tony) Cingrani and (Kenley) Jansen kept us off the plate," Hurdle said. "They are very good at the top of the zone, and they have good breaking pitches to throw a combination punch at you."
The Pirates will counter with right-hander Trevor Williams, who struggled through his worst start of the season his last time out. Williams (5-6, 4.71 ERA) lasted only three innings while allowing eight runs and seven hits in an 11-10 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.
Williams was enjoying somewhat of a hot streak before that outing. In each of his previous four appearances, and in 10 of his previous 11, he surrendered fewer than four earned runs. On Aug. 7, he one-hit the Detroit Tigers through seven shutout innings in a 3-0 Pirates win.
When Williams faced Los Angeles earlier this season, the Dodgers got the best of him. In an outing similar to his lackluster start against the Cardinals, Williams gave up eight runs (six earned) and seven hits in three innings on May 8.
|Last Updated: 3/21/2018 4:09:15 AM EST|