It’s the Dodgers @ Diamondbacks today (6:30PM PT, TV: SPNLA) in the first of a three-day road trip. What were the schedulers thinking? The Dodgers play three games in Phoenix and then travel right back to LA to play the Mariners starting Monday.
The Dodgers send lefthanded Brett Anderson to the hill for his debut in their uniform. It will be his first regular-season game since last August 5 for the Rockies. That night he threw three innings, came out of the game and underwent back surgery a week later. He’s obviously an unknown quantity and will be for at least his first four or five starts. Anderson’s career WHIP is 1.285.
His opponent will be the right-handed Chase Anderson, who is coming off his first season in the big leagues, one in which he was 9-7 with a 4.01 ERA over 114 innings and a WHIP of 1.37.
Anybody betting A-Gon keeps his HR streak alive?
Padres at Dodgers, 7:10PT, TV: SNLA Spanish, SportsNet LA, ESPN2
Each team has won one game in the opening Clash of the Titans of the NL West, so tonight is the rubber match. The Padres send out Andrew Cashner, who’s 1-2 lifetime against the Dodgers. Don’t let that fool you, though. He’s got a 1.53 ERA with 45 Ks in 53 innings against the home team. His opponent will be Brandon McCarthy, who last year had a 2.61 ERA against the Padres in two starts for the D-Backs, giving up one run in 14 innings.
Adrian Gonzalez is 6 for 9 (.667) to start the season, with 2 singles, 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 4 runs scored. Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick are each 3 for 8 (.375), Carl Crawford is 2 for 6, and nobody else has more than one hit.
Giants at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, CSN-BA, ESPN, KDOC-56
The game should be accessible to most fans, as it’s being televised by both ESPN and KDOC-56. KDOC-56’s channel numbers for various providers are in the last post.
Zack Greinke brings his 4-0 record and 1.38 ERA in four starts against the Giants this season to the mound tonight. He’ll face Madison Bumgarner, himself 3-1 with a 1.75 ERA in four starts against the Dodgers this season.
Every game is different, but if Dodger fans are looking for encouragement, this should help:
The career numbers against Greinke in the last five seasons don’t look good for any healthy Giants, but especially not for the heart of the order: Brandon Belt is 1-for-5, Hunter Pence is 1-for-6 and Buster Posey is also 1-for-6.
The most successful Giants hitters against Greinke in the last five seasons? Morse and Pagan, who will each miss Tuesday night’s game with injuries.
No Gordon? No Crawford? Mattingly may just be loading the lineup with right-handed hitters to face Bumgarner. However, Gonzalez is all of 4 for 32 lifetime against the guy.
Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 6:40PM PT, TV: SPNLA
Clayton Kershaw looks to get his 16th win and avenge the drubbing he got the last time he pitched at Chase Field, when he gave up seven runs in 1 2/3 innings. He’ll pitch against Wade Miley, who’s 7-9 with a 4.29 ERA but has a 1.83 ERA in his last three starts.
The D-Backs team Kershaw will face tonight is vastly different from the one that beat him on May 17. Five guys contributed 15 hits, 13 RBI, and 7 extra-base-hits in that game. Four of the five are currently on the D-Backs’ DL, and the fifth has been traded to the Yankees.
Hmm. Van Slyke replaces Crawford in left and Turner replaces Gonzalez at first. I suppose this is just a way of giving those two guys two consecutive days off, with tomorrow being a travel day to San Diego. That seventy-minute flight is tiring, man.
Cubs at Dodgers, 6:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA
It’s the Dodgers’ Korean import Hyun-Jin Ryu versus the Cubs’ Japanese import Tsuyoshi Wada this evening, an hour earlier than the usual start time. Ryu will be pitching on five days’ rest; when he does that he’s 11-2 with a 2.80 ERA. He’s 12-5 with a 3.44 ERA overall. Wada is a former Japan League MVP who spent two years in the Orioles’ farm system after nine years in the Japanese major leagues. This will be his third major league start; he got his first win against the Rockies on Monday, throwing seven innings of six-hit one-run ball while striking out six and walking only one.
In medical news, Paul Maholm tore the ACL in his right knee while covering first base last night; if he opts for surgery he’s probably out for the season. Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig are both day-to-day. Mattingly says Gonzalez will probably sit today’s game out and Puig will be available to pinch-hit.
Update: Paco Rodriguez has been called up to take Maholm’s spot on the roster.
Dodgers at Royals, 5:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA
Zack Greinke returns to the stadium where he began his big league career and where he has a 36-28 record and a 3.48 ERA over 111 appearances. He’ll be facing Jeremy Guthrie, who has a 4-6 record with a 3.86 ERA. Guthrie’s spent his entire career in the AL thus has never faced the Dodgers at all, while Greinke has pitched two games against the Royals, both in 2012 and neither of which resulted in a decision.
Mattingly says he’ll rotate Ramirez, Gonzalez and Puig in the DH spot for the three games in the AL park.
Lineup when available.
Rockies at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA
Colorado sends lefty Jorge De La Rosa and his 6-5, 4.12 ERA to the mound to face the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, who is 6-2 with a 2.93 ERA.
Can the Dodgers finally be getting onto some kind of a roll? They’ve won 8 of their last 12 and 4 of 5 on this homestand.
This should affect the lineup: “Kemp is hitting .419 with three homers and 10 RBIs against De La Rosa. Adrian Gonzalez is right behind him against the Rockies left-hander at .361, also with three homers and 10 RBIs.” Maybe facing this guy will help Adrian break out of his slump.
Shortly after the game last night Hanley Ramirez tweeted the following:
Lineup when available.
Pirates at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA
So what does Josh Beckett (3-1, 2.43 ERA) do for an encore? Pull a VanderMeer? It seems unlikely, but yaneverknow. His opponent will be Francisco Liriano, who’s 0-5 with a 5.06 ERA. That’s disconcerting to the Pirates since he had a 16-8 record with a 3.02 ERA last year. Oddly, Drew Butera caught Beckett’s no-hitter last week and he caught Liriano’s no-hitter when they were with the Twins in 2011.
Adrian Gonzalez gets the night off and Van Slyke plays first for him.
Dodgers at Phillies, 4:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA
Kershaw got shelled in his last outing, but this is about as misleading a sentence as I’ve seen in a non-political story: “After a brilliant start in which he tossed seven shutout frames against the Nationals on May 6, Kershaw has given up 10 runs in 8 2/3 innings since.”
Right. 7 runs in 1 2/3 innings in his last start against the D-Backs. 3 runs in 7 innings against the Giants in the no-decision start before that with 9 strikeouts and no walks. Overall he’s 2-1 with a 4.43 ERA.
Of greater concern, he was hit on the right shin with a line drive during BP Wednesday and it had to be bandaged. Whenever a pitcher gets hit on a foot or leg I always get an instant memory of Dizzy Dean changing his delivery after being hit on the foot by Earl Averill in the 1937 All-Star Game and never being the same pitcher again.
His opponent will be Roberto Hernandez, who is 0-1 in his only career start against the Dodgers, last August when he was with the Rays. He’s 2-1 with a 3.98 ERA so far this season.
The Dodgers have improved their offense over the past 15 games, hitting .272 over that stretch. Over the past five games, Adrian Gonzalez is 9-for-19 with three home runs and six RBIs. Additionally, Matt Kemp is hitting .344 (22-for-64) since May 3. Over his career he’s hit .390 (23-for-59) in 15 games at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
Phillies at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA
Cole Hamel makes his season debut for the Phillies, while Zack Greinke brings his 3-0, 2.42 ERA record to the party.
Adrian Gonzalez’ hitting streak ended at 16 games as he went 0 for 3 in yesterday’s 10-inning loss.
Lineup when available.