Dodgers bring top-shelf starters to Coors Field

Mike Stobe

The Dodgers are in last place in the NL West, but may not stay there for long (despite an injury to Matt Kemp) because of a trio of top-flight starting pitchers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in last place in the National League West with a 22-30 record despite having a $216 million payroll.

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That doesn't mean they'll be there for long, even with Matt Kemp hitting the 15-day disabled list. That's because of the efforts of the top-portion of the Dodgers' starting rotation, namely Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu.


Clayton Kershaw

#22 / Pitcher / Los Angeles Dodgers

6-3

215

L

L

Mar 19, 1988


W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2013 - Clayton Kershaw 5-3 1.68 0.87 77 21


Kershaw's performance is really nothing out of the ordinary for him. The 25-year-old lefty continues to be one of the hardest hurlers in baseball to hit; he has allowed 5.5 hits and 0.4 home runs per nine innings, figures that are more sustainable than you think. In addition, he's dominating hitters to the tune 8.6 strikeouts and 2.4 walks per nine innings -- numbers that could actually improve given his history. That's scary.

A few years ago, Kershaw was drawing comparisons to Sandy Koufax. I thought people were insane for that. Now, I'm not so sure they're not spot-on. That's how good this dude is.


Hyun-Jin Ryu

#99 / Pitcher / Los Angeles Dodgers

6-1

215

L

L

Mar 25, 1987


W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2013 - Hyun-Jin Ryu 6-2 2.89 1.13 67 22


Ryu is a different story. He was a successful pitcher in the Korean Baseball Organization -- particularly in 2010, when he went 16-4 with a 1.82 ERA and posted a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.16. However, reports of his velocity and stuff this spring were not good, so it has been fairly surprising to see Ryu post the type of numbers he has through 11 big-league starts.

Kershaw hasn't faced the Rockies this year, but Ryu turned in one of his best starts of the season against Colorado, tossing six innings of two-run ball while punching out 12 batters in a 6-2 win on April 30.

Zack Greinke is the forgotten third guy in the Dodgers' trio of very good starters. Greinke missed more than a month with a broken collarbone suffered in a brawl with Carlos Quentin and the San Diego Padres, and hasn't found his footing in his last couple of starts. Greinke allowed five runs on nine hits to the Brewers (a woeful team with a solid offense) on May 21 and was lit up by the Angels for six runs on 10 hits six days later. Still, this is a guy who dominated the NL in the season and a half in which he competed against it, and a return to form should be expected.

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Adrian Gonzalez is the Dodgers' biggest threat offensively, arguably even with a healthy Matt Kemp. Gonzalez is among the NL leaders in most offensive categories and boasts a .328/.381/.511 line, good for a 149 OPS+.

Nick Punto is still proving that he was the centerpiece of the big trade last year by posting a 122 OPS+ off the bench. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Red Sox fans.

For more on Nick Punto, the Dodgers' offense and the team in general, be sure to check out Eric Stephen's excellent work at True Blue LA.

*****

Probable pitchers

Game 1: Friday, May 31 at 6:40 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Clayton Kershaw (5-3, 1.68 ERA) vs. Jon Garland (3-6, 5.53 ERA)

Game 2: Saturday, June 1 at 2:10 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Zack Greinke (2-1, 4.38) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (3-3, 3.90)

Game 3: Sunday, June 2 at 2:10 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-2, 2.89) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (6-3, 3.16)

*****


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Zack Greinke 5 10 0 5 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 .500 .545 .500
Hanley Ramirez 4 11 2 5 2 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 .455 .500 .909
Elian Herrera 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
Adrian Gonzalez 49 174 18 57 11 0 7 39 17 25 0 0 .328 .381 .511
Nick Punto 42 110 15 34 5 0 1 10 17 28 2 0 .309 .398 .382
Carl Crawford 49 181 31 53 10 2 5 13 14 27 9 3 .293 .352 .453
Mark Ellis 30 110 13 32 4 0 2 14 3 19 1 0 .291 .319 .382
Juan Uribe 37 83 11 23 4 0 2 8 15 17 0 0 .277 .384 .398
A.J. Ellis 42 141 9 37 7 1 2 12 22 33 0 0 .262 .364 .369
Scott Van Slyke 13 35 5 9 4 0 4 9 3 9 0 0 .257 .316 .714
Jerry Hairston 22 59 5 15 2 0 1 6 3 5 0 0 .254 .297 .339
Andre Ethier 50 170 13 43 9 1 4 15 21 35 0 2 .253 .344 .388
Matt Kemp 51 191 22 48 10 0 2 17 14 60 7 0 .251 .305 .335
Hyun-Jin Ryu 11 24 1 6 2 0 0 2 1 11 0 0 .250 .280 .333
Skip Schumaker 44 91 9 21 5 0 0 7 11 13 1 0 .231 .320 .286
Clayton Kershaw 12 26 4 5 1 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 .192 .250 .346
Justin Sellers 26 68 6 13 1 0 1 2 5 19 0 0 .191 .267 .250
Dee Gordon 19 63 6 11 0 1 1 5 8 16 5 2 .175 .278 .254
Ramon Hernandez 11 30 3 5 2 0 2 4 5 6 0 0 .167 .278 .433
Tim Federowicz 11 21 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 .143 .182 .143
Josh Beckett 8 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .125 .222 .125
Luis Cruz 31 82 7 10 0 0 1 4 2 14 0 0 .122 .151 .159
Chris Capuano 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Matt Magill 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Ted Lilly 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Chad Billingsley 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000
J.P. Howell 21 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Matt Guerrier 22 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Kenley Jansen 26 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brandon League 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Javy Guerra 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Ronald Belisario 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Paco Rodriguez 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Stephen Fife 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Josh Wall 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Shawn Tolleson 1 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
Skip Schumaker 0-0 44 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 3.00
Shawn Tolleson 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 .00
Clayton Kershaw 5-3 12 11 2 1 0 0 80.1 49 18 15 4 21 77 1.68 .87
J.P. Howell 1-0 21 0 0 0 0 0 22.0 16 6 6 0 10 19 2.45 1.18
Hyun-Jin Ryu 6-2 11 11 1 1 0 0 71.2 59 25 23 6 22 67 2.89 1.13
Chad Billingsley 1-0 2 2 0 0 0 0 12.0 12 4 4 1 5 6 3.00 1.42
Paco Rodriguez 1-2 25 0 0 0 0 2 17.2 8 6 6 1 6 19 3.06 .79
Ronald Belisario 3-4 27 0 0 0 0 2 25.2 32 11 9 1 11 20 3.16 1.68
Kenley Jansen 1-3 26 0 0 0 2 1 25.2 22 9 9 4 6 37 3.16 1.09
Matt Guerrier 1-1 22 0 0 0 0 1 20.1 16 10 8 2 9 10 3.54 1.23
Ted Lilly 0-2 4 4 0 0 0 0 19.0 21 11 9 2 8 15 4.26 1.53
Zack Greinke 2-1 5 5 0 0 0 0 24.2 31 14 12 1 5 17 4.38 1.46
Brandon League 0-2 19 0 0 0 11 2 19.1 21 13 10 3 5 9 4.66 1.34
Josh Beckett 0-5 8 8 1 0 0 0 43.1 50 30 25 8 15 41 5.19 1.50
Chris Capuano 1-4 8 6 0 0 0 1 33.0 37 22 20 6 13 24 5.45 1.52
Matt Magill 0-0 4 4 0 0 0 0 18.0 18 11 11 1 13 19 5.50 1.72
Javy Guerra 0-0 9 0 0 0 0 0 10.2 15 9 8 1 6 12 6.75 1.97
Stephen Fife 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4.2 7 4 4 1 1 5 7.71 1.71
Josh Wall 0-1 6 0 0 0 0 0 7.0 17 14 14 2 6 7 18.00 3.29


Los Angeles Dodgers Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Scott Elbert elbow 03/22/2013
Shawn Tolleson back 04/13/2013
Hanley Ramirez hamstring 05/04/2013
Matt Kemp hamstring 05/30/2013
A.J. Ellis oblique 05/30/2013

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Chad Billingsley elbow 04/16/2013

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