Know Your Foe #35: New-Look Dodgers Look to Continue Success Against Rockies at Chavez Ravine

August 3, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (27) and center fielder Shane Victorino (8) run back to the dugout after the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Sitting in second place in the NL West at 59-50, the Dodgers certainly can't be accused of standing pat at the trade deadline, even though they possibly could have gotten away with it as the team improved solely on the returns of Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and Mark Ellis from the disabled list. However, they felt they still needed a couple more bats, so they went out and got them in the form of Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino. In addition, they addressed a lack of bullpen depth by acquiring Randy Choate (as part of the Ramirez deal) and Brandon League. Finally, after multiple failed attempts at prying Ryan Dempster away from the Cubs, they were able to settle for Joe Blanton, who, if nothing else, is a notorious strike-thrower.

With the addition of Victorino, the Dodgers are now pretty strong at the corners (if not a little bit overrated), which more than complements the beast that roams the middle portion of the large Dodger Stadium outfield.


Matt Kemp

#27 / Center Field / Los Angeles Dodgers

6-3

215

R

R

Sep 23, 1984


AVG OBP SLG
2012 - Matt Kemp .351 .421 .649


Kemp has played in just 57 games this season, but still leads the club in homers with 16 and a 190 OPS+. Sure, part of that can be attributed to the fact that the Dodgers lack power, but it also shows just how good this guy has been when on the field. The injured hamstring has affected his effectiveness on the basepaths, as he has stolen only three bases this year after nabbing 40 last season, but Kemp hasn't been limited in any other aspect of his game. The Dodgers have the ability, especially with Ethier (125 OPS+) back in the lineup and A.J. Ellis (131 OPS+) continuing to have a terrific season behind the plate, to make a big-time run at the NL West crown. Factor in the additions of Ramirez (100 OPS+, 15 HR) and Victorino, and they may have more than just the ability - they may be the favorites.

Of course, we all know that pitching wins championships, and the Dodgers have some of the best in the NL. That will come into play when going head-to-head with the Giants (who have equally good, if not better, pitching) and the D-Backs (who possess a lot of firepower on offense) down the stretch. Clayton Kershaw, while not as good as he was a year ago, is still one of the top lefty arms in baseball, posting a 2.88 ERA/133 ERA+ while striking out nearly four batters per every walk. Chad Billingsley, Chris Capuano, and Aaron Harang have all performed exactly to how the standards of mid-to-bottom rotation guys would dictate - all above 100 on the ERA+ scale. And, the addition of Blanton should give them an advantage in places like his home park, San Diego, and San Francisco. Blanton is a flyball pitcher; his 23 homers allowed leads the NL. However, he also constantly throws strikes, as his league-leading 6-to-1 K/BB ratio would suggest. Those peripherals indicate that he's going to work out really well in run-suppressing environments. A really solid pickup by the Dodgers there.

Remember how bad the Rockies have performed in Arizona? Well, in LA, they've been almost as bad historically; after a respectable 22-19 showing at Chavez Ravine in the 90's, the Rox have stumbled to a 36-75 record there during Dan O'Dowd's tenure. Your teams suck in Los Angeles, Dan.

Pitching probables and more after the jump...

Tonight at 8:10 PM MT (ROOT Sports)

Drew Pomeranz (1-6, 5.13 ERA) vs. Chris Capuano (10-7, 3.33 ERA)

Tomorrow at 8:10 PM MT (ROOT Sports)

Alex White (2-6, 6.16) vs. Aaron Harang (7-6, 3.76)

Wednesday at 8:10 PM MT (ROOT Sports)

Jeff Francis (3-4, 6.02) vs. Chad Billingsley (7-9, 3.74)


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Matt Kemp 57 211 46 74 11 2 16 41 26 49 3 3 .351 .421 .649
Stephen Fife 3 6 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .333 .333 .500
Andre Ethier 97 359 48 103 29 1 11 63 33 85 2 1 .287 .354 .465
A.J. Ellis 85 279 30 80 11 1 10 33 49 79 0 0 .287 .396 .441
Jerry Hairston Jr. 74 223 19 62 13 1 4 26 23 26 1 2 .278 .351 .399
Ivan De Jesus 23 33 5 9 3 0 0 4 3 7 1 1 .273 .324 .364
James Loney 100 296 27 76 18 0 2 29 22 38 0 3 .257 .307 .338
Mark Ellis 62 227 41 58 7 1 4 16 27 38 5 0 .256 .345 .348
Luis Cruz 27 98 11 25 9 0 2 18 5 15 2 0 .255 .288 .408
Juan Rivera 74 238 23 60 11 0 5 35 14 24 1 3 .252 .289 .361
Bobby Abreu 70 179 26 45 8 1 2 17 30 46 5 2 .251 .359 .341
Adam Kennedy 70 144 19 36 8 1 1 15 20 30 0 1 .250 .331 .340
Elian Herrera 51 169 21 41 10 1 1 16 20 45 4 2 .243 .326 .331
Hanley Ramirez 11 42 7 10 2 1 1 11 6 6 2 1 .238 .347 .405
Tony Gwynn Jr. 103 259 29 60 8 4 0 17 16 52 13 6 .232 .276 .293
Dee Gordon 78 301 36 69 9 2 1 17 19 62 30 8 .229 .280 .282
Justin Sellers 19 44 6 9 3 1 1 2 5 14 0 0 .205 .286 .386
Matt Treanor 27 79 7 16 3 1 2 10 10 22 1 0 .203 .286 .342
Jerry Sands 8 20 2 4 2 0 0 1 1 8 0 0 .200 .238 .300
Chad Billingsley 21 36 1 7 1 0 0 2 0 17 0 0 .194 .189 .222
Juan Uribe 55 150 13 29 9 0 2 17 10 33 0 1 .193 .252 .293
Scott Van Slyke 27 54 4 9 2 0 2 7 2 14 1 0 .167 .196 .315
Clayton Kershaw 24 37 1 6 1 0 0 0 2 11 0 0 .162 .205 .189
Alex Castellanos 11 21 1 3 0 1 0 2 0 7 0 0 .143 .174 .238
Shane Victorino 4 17 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 .118 .118 .176
Chris Capuano 23 35 1 3 2 0 0 3 1 18 0 0 .086 .108 .143
Ted Lilly 8 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 .067 .125 .067
Aaron Harang 21 38 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 17 0 0 .053 .053 .053
Nathan Eovaldi 10 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 0 0 .000 .077 .000
Jamey Wright 37 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Joe Blanton 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Javy Guerra 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Mike MacDougal 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Kenley Jansen 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Josh Lindblom 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Matt Guerrier 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brandon League 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Randy Choate 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Josh Wall 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Ronald Belisario 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Todd Coffey 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Scott Elbert 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Shawn Tolleson 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Josh Wall 1-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
Kenley Jansen 5-3 50 0 0 0 21 6 50.2 25 12 11 5 18 77 1.95 .85
Stephen Fife 0-1 3 3 0 0 0 0 16.2 16 4 4 1 9 7 2.16 1.50
Scott Elbert 1-1 39 0 0 0 0 0 29.1 25 8 8 3 13 28 2.45 1.30
Matt Guerrier 0-1 7 0 0 0 0 0 6.2 3 2 2 0 5 4 2.70 1.20
Clayton Kershaw 9-6 24 23 2 2 0 0 156.1 122 55 50 11 41 150 2.88 1.04
Joe Blanton 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 5 2 2 1 3 5 3.00 1.33
Josh Lindblom 2-2 48 0 0 0 0 2 47.2 42 16 16 9 18 43 3.02 1.26
Ronald Belisario 3-1 41 0 0 0 0 2 41.1 24 14 14 2 17 36 3.05 .99
Javy Guerra 2-3 39 0 0 0 8 5 38.1 40 13 13 1 19 30 3.05 1.54
Ted Lilly 5-1 8 8 0 0 0 0 48.2 36 23 17 3 19 31 3.14 1.13
Chris Capuano 10-7 23 22 0 0 0 0 135.1 124 58 50 15 41 119 3.33 1.22
Chad Billingsley 7-9 21 21 0 0 0 0 125.0 128 59 52 9 37 113 3.74 1.32
Aaron Harang 7-6 21 21 0 0 0 0 124.1 117 64 52 12 55 96 3.76 1.38
Shawn Tolleson 1-0 16 0 0 0 0 0 16.1 11 8 7 2 9 14 3.86 1.22
Jamey Wright 4-3 37 0 0 0 0 0 42.1 46 25 19 1 25 37 4.04 1.68
Nathan Eovaldi 1-6 10 10 0 0 0 0 56.1 63 27 26 5 20 34 4.15 1.47
Todd Coffey 1-0 23 0 0 0 0 0 19.1 17 11 10 1 9 18 4.66 1.34
Randy Choate 0-0 6 0 0 0 0 0 4.0 5 3 3 1 2 4 6.75 1.75
Mike MacDougal 0-0 7 0 0 0 0 0 5.2 9 5 5 0 6 4 7.94 2.65
Brandon League 0-0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1.2 2 2 2 0 0 2 10.80 1.20


Los Angeles Dodgers Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Dee Gordon thumb 07/05/2012
Scott Elbert shoulder 07/26/2012
Adam Kennedy groin 07/25/2012

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Rubby De La Rosa elbow 02/23/2012
Blake Hawksworth elbow 03/27/2012
Ted Lilly shoulder 05/24/2012
Todd Coffey elbow 07/03/2012
Matt Guerrier elbow 04/19/2012
Justin Sellers back 05/23/2012

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