Nolasco Ready To Big Up Cali-Life In Dodger Debut Against Snakes

Dodgers Lineup vs. Arizona

Crawford 7
Puig 9
Gonzalez 3
Hanley 6
Ethier 8
A.J. Ellis 2
Schumaker 4
Hairston 5
Nolasco 1

 

Ricky Nolasco-5-8 vs. Ian Kennedy-3-4

Yes welcome to Cali life Ricky, you made it. Here you are, in southern California. Ok, he’s actually in Phoenix Arizona, in the 115 degree heat of the desert, but he’s almost to California. After these two games, the Dodgers will travel back home and Nolasco will have his first views of sunshine, palm trees, and beautiful suntanned woman. Because it’s not like he saw any of those things in Miami at all right? Oh wait…nevermind. Of course he is from Rialto, and went to school in Corona, so I think he’s seen California before. Lesson learned that I am silly. So this means that tonight we will see the Dodger debut of Ricky Nolasco. It’s not Fernando Mania or anything like that, but if it results in a win, I’ll take it.  

The Dodgers are so close to the magical .500 mark, that I can smell the blood in the water. Last night was like smooth sailing on the seven seas. The Dodgers were like Christopher Columbus, and Chase Field was like the new world. The Dodgers busted out 6 runs on 17 hits, and Zack Greinke pitched seven shut-out frames, in the 6-1 Blue win. The Dodgers are now 43-45 3.5 games back in second place. I’ve been saying it before that the Dodgers have to get over the .500 mark as the last hurdle to first place. Well, they are almost there, and I for one, can’t wait. I am sick of being under .500.

Nolasco represents Cali Life now-Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers are red-hot right now. They have won 13 of their last 16 games. They still have problems with injury. Matt Kemp has been rendered somewhat useless this season. He’s definitely not himself in 2013. I hope Bison can mend and return better than ever. In the meantime, the Dodgers are looking to secure another series victory. By beating the Snakes again, the Dodgers will be freeing a very large monkey off of their backs. The Dodgers had lost seven of nine to the Snakes before last night’s win.

Tonight’s match will feature the Dodgers debut of newly acquired Ricky Nolasco. The Dodgers acquired Nolasco from the Marlins in exchange for three minor league pitchers. The 30 year old right hander has been with the Marlins his entire career. He was actually drafted by the Cubs in 2001 and then traded to the Fish for former Dodger Juan Pierre. Lolz It’s all true, you can look it up if you don’t believe me. Anyways, he came up with the Fish in 2006. He has won as many as 15 games back in 2008. Nolasco is 81-72 with a career 4.44 ERA in eight big league seasons. This season he is 5-8 with a 3.58 ERA. He has whiffed 90 and walked only 25 in 112 innings. He doesn’t walk many guys, but he’s around the plate a lot, so he gives up a lot of hits at times. He’s allowed nearly a hit per inning, (112 in 112 innings) and he has a 9.0 hits per nine rate. He’s been ok. Nolasco throws a fastball, splitter, slider, and curve. He has been decent against the Snakes, but has struggled at Chase Field.

Against the Snakes, the Rialto native is 6-2 with a 4.14 ERA in nine starts. But he is 3-1 with a 5.23 ERA five starts at Chase Field. Arizona is currently hitting .314 (38 for 121) against Nolasco. Check out the rest of the damage below.

PA

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

Martin Prado

44

43

14

2

1

0

6

1

4

.326

.341

.419

Miguel Montero

13

13

5

2

0

1

6

0

4

.385

.385

.769

Gerardo Parra

13

11

1

0

0

0

1

2

3

.091

.231

.091

Cody Ross

12

10

4

2

0

0

3

1

0

.400

.500

.600

Wil Nieves

8

8

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

.125

.125

.125

Didi Gregorius

7

7

5

1

0

0

1

0

0

.714

.714

.857

Cliff Pennington

7

7

1

0

0

0

0

0

3

.143

.143

.143

Paul Goldschmidt

6

5

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

.200

.333

.200

Aaron Hill

6

6

4

1

0

0

2

0

0

.667

.667

.833

Jason Kubel

6

6

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.167

.167

.167

Eric Chavez

3

3

1

1

0

0

2

0

0

.333

.333

.667

Wade Miley

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

.000

.500

.000

Randall Delgado

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

.000

Total

128

121

38

9

1

1

22

6

20

.314

.352

.430

 

 

That Nolasco feller was heading out west! His travels across country were documented on twitter, like he was a Beverly hillbilly or something. Hanley is of course very happy that he has a former Miami buddy in the clubhouse. Yes represent that Cali life Ricky. Just get some outs tonight please.

The Snakes will be countering with right hander Ian Kennedy. The Huntington Beach native has had a poor year. Kennedy is 3-4 with a 5.16 ERA. In 96 frames, Kennedy has whiffed 85 and walked 35. He is giving up hits at an 8.7 rate, and has allowed 15 home runs. The former 20 game winner has faced the Dodgers twice this season. Once back on April 13 at Chase Field (loss) where he allowed six runs on ten hits in 5.2, and the second time on June 11 at Dodger Stadium, (No-decision), where he allowed two runs on four hits in 6.2 and whiffed six. Let’s hope there is no brawls or hit batters, or incidents this time around.

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Ian Kennedy (31) looks while wearing a Prescott Fire Department hat commemorating the 19 fire fighters from the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew killed in Yarnell, Arizona prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field.-Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Kennedy is 5-3 with a 3.77 ERA against the Dodgers in ten starts. The Dodgers have struggled in the past against Kennedy, but have hit him at times. Kenendy has held the Dodgers to a .216 (32 for 148) average against. Andre Ethier is batting .320 against Kennedy, but otherwise nobody else has done much. Check out what the rest of the Boys in Blue have done versus Kennedy.

PA

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

Andre Ethier

27

25

8

2

0

2

5

2

4

.320

.370

.640

Adrian Gonzalez

24

21

5

2

0

1

2

3

7

.238

.333

.476

Skip Schumaker

18

16

6

3

0

0

1

2

1

.375

.444

.563

Carl Crawford

15

13

4

1

0

0

2

0

0

.308

.267

.385

Juan Uribe

14

11

0

0

0

0

0

3

3

.000

.214

.000

Hanley Ramirez

12

11

2

0

0

0

0

1

2

.182

.250

.182

Jerry Hairston

11

9

1

0

0

0

2

0

1

.111

.091

.111

A.J. Ellis

10

9

2

0

0

0

0

1

3

.222

.300

.222

Clayton Kershaw

10

9

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

.000

.100

.000

Mark Ellis

6

6

0

0

0

0

1

0

2

.000

.000

.000

Zack Greinke

6

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.200

.000

Nick Punto

6

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

.000

.000

.000

Tim Federowicz

3

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.333

.333

.333

Yasiel Puig

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.333

.000

Hyun-jin Ryu

3

3

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

1.000

1.000

1.333

Total

168

148

32

9

0

3

13

13

32

.216

.281

.338

 

The Dodgers really need at least one more win in the next two games here. If the Dodgers can beat the Snakes again, then they have passed a big test in my mind. One more win can put the Dodgers within 2.5 games of first place, and just one from the magical .500 level. Can the Dodgers do it? After tonight, only five games remain until the all-star break.

First pitch tonight is at 6:40 PM. Tonight’s match will be televised on KCAL 9. Make sure to catch all of the action over here as well with our complete recap of the game immediately afterwards. Go Blue!

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Tags: A.J. Ellis Adrian Gonzalez Andre Ethier Carl Crawford Don Mattingly Hanley Ramirez Juan Uribe Los Angeles Dodgers Mark Ellis Ricky Nolasco Yasiel Puig

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