Sept. 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke throws in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers Go For 400th Win Over San Diego On Tommy's Birthday, Greinke Counters Cashner


Dodgers Lineup @ San Diego

Puig 9
Crawford 7
Hanley 6
Gonzalez 3
Kemp 8
Young 5
Schumaker 4
Fedex 2
Greinke 1

 

Zack Greinke-15-3 vs. Andrew Cashner-10-8

 

That’s right, it’s Tommy Lasorda’s birthday today. Our site mentor turns 86 on this day. So the Dodgers best get him a win. What better birthday gift could their be than a Dodger win? The Dodgers have just six games remaining, and the regular season ends in exactly a week. The Dodgers are already in and basically just finishing their schedule and waiting for the postseason. The Dodgers could go for home field advantage, but keeping everyone healthy is more important.

Last night almost all of the regulars (sans Hanley) returned to the lineup which resulted in a 4-0 Dodger shutout win. Clayton Kershaw was his old dominating self, tossing seven shutout frames, and whiffing ten in a game for the first time since July. Kershaw picked up his fifteenth win of the year, and his ERA is now at a major league lowest 1.88. Kershaw should win his second Cy Young award without issue.

A.J. Ellis hit another home run, and Yasiel Puig hit an absolute bomb (457 foot tape measure blast), that was measured as one of the longest home runs in Petco Park history. It was actually the second longest by feet, second only to Gonzalez’s 458 foot blast he hit when he was still with the Padres. Check it out below!

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Today the Dodgers finish their season series with the Padres, as the two teams square off in the rubber game match this afternoon. The Dodgers have already won the season series 10-8, and have won five of nine at San Diego this year.

What kind of lineups will the Dodgers send out today with an off-day tomorrow? We shall see, but they’ll send Zack Greinke to the mound who is in search of his sixteenth win.

Greinke has won 12 of his last 13 decisions dating back to June 22, which is also the beginning of the Dodger’s historic run which vaulted them into first place. The club never looked back. Greinke’s last start against Arizona saw him pick up the win after limiting the Snakes to just two runs on six hits through 6.2 innings. This will be the final time of the season that Greinke will have to pitch at Petco Park in 2013. That may be a good thing as it is the scene of the brawl that ended with Greinke getting his collar bone broken by idiot Carlos Quentin. (By the way, Quentin is long gone, with a knee injury).

Zack Greinke-Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Greinke is 2-0 against San Diego this season, and the last time he faced them on September 1, he beat them with seven innings of one-run ball. Greinke has never lost ot the Padres ever. In his career, Greinke is 3-0 with a 2.18 ERA in three starts against San Diego, and 2-0 with a 2.02 ERA at Petco Park. Small sample size I know, but in 26 frames versus San Diego, Greinke has 28 whiffs and four walks. Overall Greinke is 15-3 with a 2.75 ERA and 138 whiffs. The Padres are hitting a miniscule .200 against Greinke, with a .527 OPS against.

PA

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

Mark Kotsay

17

16

4

1

0

0

0

1

2

.250

.294

.313

Ronny Cedeno

15

15

3

1

0

0

1

0

2

.200

.200

.267

Will Venable

12

11

1

0

1

0

0

1

6

.091

.167

.273

Chase Headley

6

5

2

1

0

0

1

1

0

.400

.500

.600

Yonder Alonso

5

5

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

.200

.200

.200

Alexi Amarista

5

5

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.200

.200

.200

Chris Denorfia

5

5

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.400

.400

.400

Jedd Gyorko

5

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

.000

.200

.000

Nick Hundley

5

5

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

.400

.400

.600

Logan Forsythe

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

.000

Ian Kennedy

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

.000

.000

.000

Kyle Blanks

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

.000

.000

.000

Reymond Fuentes

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

.000

.500

.000

Tyson Ross

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

.000

Jesus Guzman

1

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

1.000

1.000

2.000

Total

91

85

17

5

1

0

4

5

22

.200

.244

.282

San Diego will counter with flame throwing right hander Andrew Cashner. The big right hander almost pitched a perfect game in his last start. On September 16 against Pittsburgh, Cashner took a perfect game into the seventh inning, and allowed a single to Jose Tabata. That was the lone hit and base runner he would allow. Cashner pitched a one-hit complete game shutout over the pirates. He made 97 pitches that night, and whiffed seven, which led to a 2-0 San Diego win.

Andrew Cashner-Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Cashner has pitched 13 games against the Dodgers, but only two of those have been starts. In those games, Cashner is 0-1 with a 1.67 ERA, but 16 walks in 23 frames. Cashner ‘s two starts against the Dodgers have come this year, which have both resulted in no-decisions. His last start against the Dodgers he limited the Boys in Blue to one run on ten hits across seven innings. Cashner is 10-8 with a 3.21 ERA and 121 whiffs in 168 frames.

The Dodgers have been limited to a .242 batting average against Cashner. The Dodgers have not hit him well. Check out the rest of the Dodger’s numbers against Cashner.

  PA

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

Skip Schumaker

12

11

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

.182

.250

.182

Adrian Gonzalez

11

10

4

1

0

0

1

1

3

.400

.455

.500

Andre Ethier

10

8

3

1

0

0

0

2

0

.375

.500

.500

Mark Ellis

9

7

1

0

0

0

0

2

1

.143

.333

.143

Juan Uribe

9

8

4

2

0

0

1

1

1

.500

.556

.750

Hanley Ramirez

8

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

.000

Yasiel Puig

7

6

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

.167

.286

.167

Carl Crawford

6

6

3

1

0

0

0

0

2

.500

.500

.667

Tim Federowicz

6

5

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

.000

.167

.000

A.J. Ellis

5

3

1

0

0

0

0

2

2

.333

.600

.333

Jerry Hairston

5

5

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.400

.400

.400

Matt Kemp

5

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

.000

.200

.000

Chris Capuano

4

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

.000

Nick Punto

4

3

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

.333

.500

.333

Dee Gordon

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

.000

.000

.000

Zack Greinke

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

Total

105

91

22

5

0

0

3

13

20

.242

.337

.297

These games may be meaningless to everyone else, but not to us. We’re going to cover every single Dodger game, even these last few games that don’t matter much. We work for hard for the money folks. Come back over here after the game to check out our recap. The Dodgers are 89-66 and trail Atlanta, (who can clinch the NL East with a win, or a Washington loss today) by two and a half games for the best record in the NL. They are also two games behind the Cardinals for the number two seed. The Dodgers are off tomorrow and then finish their road trip with a three game series Tuesday-Thursday at San Francisco, before coming home for the final three games versus Colorado.

Minor notes

Cashner has been red-hot since the all-star break. The right hander has posted a 5-3 record, and a 2.36 ERA in the second half. He has limited opponents to a .218 average against.

Zack Greinke still leads the majors in hitting for pitchers. He is hitting a remarkable .327 (18 for 55) with four runs driven in, seven walks, and two stolen bases, and a .413 OBP. Greinke has not pitched less than six innings since July 3.

The Dodger’s next win over San Diego will be number 400 over San Diego.

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