Know Your Foe #2: Bring on the Dodgers

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 31: Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela throws out the ceremonial first pitch as former Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda looks on prior to the Dodgers playing the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on March 31, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Dodgers (3-1, 1st in the NL West)

Last Series v Colorado: September 27-29 (3-0 series win at Coors Field)

The last time we saw the Dodgers in regular season play was during the disastrous finish to the 2010 season where the Rockies lost 8 straight. Ted Lilly beat Ubaldo Jimenez in a 3-1 Game 1 finish. Hiroki Kuroda and Jeff Francis both got beaten up in game 2, but the deciding factors really came down to whose bullpen wanted it more (LA's did, 9-7). Finally, Jhoulys Chacin was roughed up for 7 runs, only 2 earned, and the Rockies dropped the series 7-6.

Interestingly enough, the Rockies went 4-5 in Dodger Stadium in 2010, the same park they went 2-9 in 2009, 4-5 in 2008, and 5-4 in 2007. Now, 4-5 isn't great, but a 3.40 ERA and a 2.03 K/BB ratio in LA is pretty decent. After 2009, Chavez Ravine became the place the Rockies needed to win in, despite a 2-9 performance in AT&T park that season (5-4 in Chase Field and PetCo Park). The Dodgers went 6-3 in Coors Field during the 2010 season.

Last Series Results: W 3-1 vs San Francisco

The Dodgers have scored 13 runs over the past 4 games against San Francisco, and are batting a collective .248/.300/.333 - small samples of numbers which are bound to improve any moment, especially given their arrival in Colorado. 2 of the 4 games were 1 run games, another a 2 run game, and the 3rd game of the series was a 10-0 flaying of the Dodgers' pitching staff. But the important part is that Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley both pitched well and guess who the Rockies are facing in these 2 games?

The Dodgers have some key injuries to their rotation in the forms of Jon Garland and Vicente Padilla, but neither are really needed until later in April, as the Dodgers are functioning as a 4-man rotation right now. However, their Awesome Beard Quota is sadly lacking, given the absence of 3B Casey Blake. They are carrying 3 catchers right now, but one will likely be demoted once the need for a 5th starter comes back into play.

Tuesday-Wednesday: 2-game series at Coors Field
Expected Pitching Matchups

 

Wednesday, April 5, 2010 @ 6:40PM MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jhoulys Chacin 9-11 28 21 0 0 0 0 137.1 114 64 50 10 61 138 3.28 1.27


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Clayton Kershaw 13-10 32 32 1 1 0 0 204.1 160 73 66 13 81 212 2.91 1.18

Be Forewarned: Kershaw pitched 7 innings of 4-hit, 9 strikeout ball in his first start.

Thursday, April 6, 2010 @ 1:10PM MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jason Hammel 10-9 30 30 0 0 0 0 177.2 201 97 95 18 47 141 4.81 1.40


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Chad Billingsley 12-11 31 31 1 1 0 0 191.2 176 82 76 8 69 171 3.57 1.28

Billingsley was more hittable and somewhat fallible in his first start, going 6 and allowing 3 runs.

Expected Lineup:

Name

Pos.

AVG

OBP

SLG

wOBA

wRC+

HR

R

RBI

Rafael Furcal

SS

.333

.333

.417

.280

74

0

2

2

Ivan De Jesus

2B

.000

.125

.000

.088

-60

0

0

0

Andre Ethier

RF

.333

.375

.333

.319

100

0

0

1

Matt Kemp

CF

.417

.533

.833

.568

272

1

4

3

James Loney

1B

.133

.125

.200

.132

-29

0

1

2

Juan Uribe

3B

.286

.375

.286

.312

95

0

0

0

Rod Barajas

C

.250

.308

.250

.257

58

0

1

0

Tony Gwynn

LF

.167

.167

.167

.147

-19

0

1

0

 

Bench

Name

Pos.

AVG

OBP

SLG

wOBA

wRC+

HR

R

RBI

Jamey Carroll

IF

.300

.417

.500

.365

132

0

1

1

A.J. Ellis

C

1.000

1.000

1.000

.882

489

0

0

0

Marcus Thames

UTIL

.286

.286

.571

.347

120

0

0

1

Xavier Paul

OF

.333

.333

.333

.294

83

0

0

0

Hector Gimenez

C

.200

.200

.200

.176

2

0

0

0

Aaron Miles

IF

.222

.222

.222

.196

15

0

2

1

 

Closer


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jonathan Broxton 0-0 3 0 0 0 3 0 3.0 3 2 2 2 0 1 6.00 1.00

 

Injuries


Los Angeles Dodgers Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jay Gibbons eye 03/26/2011
Casey Blake lower-back 03/22/2011
Vicente Padilla forearm 03/22/2011
Jon Garland oblique 03/22/2011
Dioner Navarro oblique 03/22/2011
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