Jul 3, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke (21) reacts during the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers Look To Start New Winning Streak, Chatwood Duels Greinke

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Dodgers Lineup vs. Colorado

Schumaker 9
M.Ellis 4
Gonzalez 3
Hanley 6
Ethier 8
AJ Ellis 2
Hairston 7
Uribe 5
Greinke 1

Tyler Chatwood-5-2  vs. Zack Greinke-7-2

 

The 3-0 shutout loss last night to the Colorado Rockies and the corpse of Juan Nicasio really sticks in my crawl. I have a huge pet peeve against giving up first inning runs to opponents. I hate it more than anything. I hate it worse than getting shutout, and a little worse than watching Brandon League blow saves. When it happens it means the Dodgers or any team is immediately losing right away. It’s deflating. Those two or three first inning runs allowed forces your team to play catch up the rest of the game, and it usually means a loss. It’s annoying.

Although getting shutout by terrible pitchers with ERA’s over 6 is also very aggravating. But the Dodgers have become experts in doing this. Poor Clayton Kershaw received no run support again. The Dodgers have these nothing games all the time. They haven’t had one of these in a while though. Poor plate approaches really hampered the Dodgers last night once again. With the exception of Hanley, and Puig, the rest of the guys just come to the plate and take first and second pitch strikes until they fall out of hitters counts and then pop out. Nicasio only walked one batter in his seven shutout frames, and had thrown 67 of his 101 pitches for strikes. There is very little thought process in involved when facing a guy like Nicasio since he throws fastballs 90% of the time. Poor plate approaches are often what hinders the Dodgers, and why we get these nothing games. The Dodgers had won 16 of their previous 19 games before last night. I know, I know what you are going to say. The Dodgers can’t win them all right? Of course I still want them too.

Los Angeles Dodgers starter Zack Greinke (21) delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium.-Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Moving right along to the always lovely injury updates. The Dodger outfield is hurt again. Does this team have the worst training staff or what? Kemp was already hurt, but now Yasiel Puig is battling a sore hip, which has been bothering him since he injured it crashing into the Coors Field wall back on July 3. The Dodgers put him in the lineup last night but were monitoring his status closely.  I think Mattingly wanted to see how things went with Puig last night before they lifted him from the game. Things ended up being real touch and go. Puig was removed again in the fourth inning after he grounded out in his two at-bats. It will be wait and see again to see if he will play today.

Carl Crawford is rusty again, His rusty back stiffened up for the hundredth time before last night’s game. So the Dodgers scratched him. It is becoming painfully obvious that Crawford is unable to stay healthy for any sustained period of time. The outfielder lives on the disabled list. Will the Dodgers be able to somehow get Crawford’s rickety body back into the starting lineup? They may have to cryogenically freeze him before and after each game.

The Dodgers will have to face left hander Tyler Chatwood. The Dodgers have faced the 23 year old left twice this season. The left hander is 1-1 this year against the Dodgers. He got a win in the April 29 game where he pitched six shutout frames and whiffed five Dodgers. He took a loss in the July 3 game at Coors Field in which he served up six runs on 11 hits in five frames in a game the Dodgers won 10-8.

The Dodgers better hit this guy.-Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Chatwood has had a decent season, but the numbers indicate he has been somewhat lucky this year. Chatwood is 5-2 with a 2.74 ERA in 62 innings. But he doesn’t strikeout many guys, just 42, to give him a 6.1 whiff per nine rate. He’s walked just 21, but has given up about a hit per inning. His FIP is actually 3.19, and he has primarily been a groundball pitcher. Chatwood is 3-3 with a 3.94 ERA against the Dodgers in six games. However Chatwood loves pitching at Dodger Stadium. He is 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA in three starts at Dodger Stadium.

PA

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

Andre Ethier

17

15

7

3

0

0

1

0

1

.467

.471

.667

A.J. Ellis

16

12

2

0

0

0

4

2

2

.167

.267

.167

Adrian Gonzalez

13

11

4

0

0

1

1

2

2

.364

.462

.636

Mark Ellis

10

10

4

1

1

0

4

0

1

.400

.400

.700

Hanley Ramirez

7

7

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

.571

.571

.571

Carl Crawford

6

4

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.250

.400

.250

Yasiel Puig

3

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

.333

.333

.667

Juan Uribe

3

3

1

0

0

1

2

0

0

.333

.333

1.333

Chris Capuano

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

.000

Zack Greinke

2

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

.500

.500

1.000

Nick Punto

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.000

.500

.000

Skip Schumaker

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.500

.500

.500

Jerry Hairston

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

.000

Total

84

73

26

6

1

2

12

6

10

.356

.402

.548

 

The Dodgers will counter with Zack Greinke. The Birdman has faced Colorado twice this season,  and is 1-0 with a no-decision in two starts, both at Coors Field. Last start, Greinke shutout the Dbacks, by tossing seven scoreless frames.

Greinke is 2-1 against Colorado with a 5.68 ERA, but is 5-0 with a 2.53 ERA in seven starts at Dodger Stadium. Greinke is 7-2 with a 3.94 ERA this season. Greinke has whiffed 59 and walked 26 in 13 starts. Colorado is batting .252 (33 for 131) against Greinke all time. Check out what they have done versus Greinke lifetime.

PA

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

Michael Cuddyer

40

37

10

1

0

1

7

2

8

.270

.325

.378

Todd Helton

16

13

2

1

0

0

0

3

2

.154

.313

.231

Troy Tulowitzki

16

16

3

0

0

0

0

0

6

.188

.188

.188

Dexter Fowler

15

14

2

0

0

0

2

0

7

.143

.143

.143

Carlos Gonzalez

15

14

6

1

1

2

4

1

2

.429

.467

1.071

Yorvit Torrealba

9

8

2

1

0

0

0

1

3

.250

.333

.375

Nolan Arenado

6

6

2

1

0

0

1

0

1

.333

.333

.500

Jonathan Herrera

6

6

2

1

0

0

1

0

2

.333

.333

.500

DJ LeMahieu

6

5

1

1

0

0

2

0

3

.200

.200

.400

Wilin Rosario

5

4

1

1

0

0

1

1

2

.250

.400

.500

Jhoulys Chacin

4

3

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

.333

.333

.333

Jordan Pacheco

4

3

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.333

.500

.333

Tyler Chatwood

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

Total

144

131

33

8

1

3

19

9

38

.252

.305

.397

 

The Dodgers will be showing a special screening of 42 after the game on the field. Brooklyn Dodger great Don Newcombe will be on hand to answer questions about the film, and Jackie Robinson. Fans sitting in the pavilions will also be allowed to be down on the field to watch the film. The game is also on field photo day as the fans will be able to take photos with their favorite Dodger on the field before the game. You can enter through the center field gates which open at 1 PM.

Catch the game today at the unusual early evening late afternoon start time of 4:15 PM. The game will be televised on Fox, and don’t forget to check out our game recap once the game is over. The Dodgers are 46-46 and 2.5 games back of Arizona in second place in the NL West.

Can the Dodgers swing the bats today? Seriously Dodgers score! Go Blue.

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