“Got to locate. I don’t care who you are — you’ve got to locate,” manager Don Mattingly said.
TO STAND A CHANCE, CHAD MUST LOCATE
Chad Billingsley just might have a recipe to diminish his recent struggles. It could not come at a better time with Billingsley set to oppose Ian Kennedy, who looks to become the NL’s first 20-game winner this season.
Billingsley has gone winless for nearly a month-and-a-half; not winning since an August 5th start in Arizona against these Diamondbacks. In that outing, he allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings pitched.
Since then, Billingsley has gone downhill. He has made six starts, but only factored in one decision; a loss against Colorado. The Dodgers are 3-3 in these starts. Chad posts a 4.92 ERA in those outings. He has walked at least two batters in his last nine starts.
In his last two starts, he has walked more batters (6) than he has struck out (5).
Chad is 1-2 with a 4.22 ERA in three starts against the Diamondbacks this season.
He comes off of an outing at Washington where he pitched just 2 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on five hits.
KENNEDY MAKES IT TOUGH ON CHAD; LOOKS FOR 20TH VICTORY
As he didn’t already have enough pressure, Chad Billingsley opposes the aforementioned Kennedy, who is looking to become the Diamondbacks’ first 20-game winner since Brandon Webb did it in 2008 with 22 victories.
Kennedy is on a roll, winning his last four outings. His last loss came against the Phillies on August 18th at Citizens Bank Park.
In his last outing, Kennedy struck out 11 Padres in 7 2/3 innings en route to a 4-1 victory for the Diamondbacks.
He is now 11-1 with a 2.15 ERA in his last 12 outings.
At Dodger Stadium, Kennedy is 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA. On May 15, Kennedy’s latest outing in Los Angeles, he allowed a run and struck out eight Dodgers as the Diamondbacks won 4-1.
He opposes MVP-candidate Matt Kemp, who is batting 15-for-41 (.366) with five home runs and 13 RBIs in his last 10 games against the Diamondbacks.
DIAMONDBACKS vs. BILLINGSLEY
67-for-253 (.265), 16 2B, 5 3B, 7 HR, 26 RBIs, 26 BB, 62 K, .325 OBP, .451 SLG, .776 OPS
Montero: 10-for-31 (.323), 3 2B, 2 3B, 5 BB, 7 K
Young: 11-for-50 (.220), 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBIs, 4 BB, 13 K
DODGERS vs. KENNEDY
19-for-74 (.257), 4 2B, 4 HR, 8 RBIs, 8 BB, 15 K, .337 OBP, .473 SLG, .810 OPS
Kemp: 3-for-11 (.273), 2 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 BB, 3 K
Rivera: 1-for-8 (.125), 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K
5/13: @ Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 3
5/14: Diamondbacks 1, @ Dodgers 0
5/15: Diamondbacks 4, @ Dodgers 1
7/15: Dodgers 6, @ Diamondbacks 4
7/16: @ Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 2
7/17: @ Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 1
7/29: @ Dodgers 9, Diamondbacks 5
7/30: Diamondbacks 6, @ Dodgers 4
7/31: Diamondbacks 6, @ Dodgers 3
8/5: Dodgers 7, @ Diamondbacks 4
8/6: Dodgers 5, @ Diamondbacks 3
8/7: @ Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 3
Game 1: Diamondbacks 7, @ Dodgers 2; W: Joe Saunders (11-12), L: Ted Lilly (9-14), SV: J.J. Putz (39)
Game 2: Today
Game 3: Sunday at 7:10 PM; Daniel Hudson (16-9) vs. Clayton Kershaw (18-5)
Dodgers lead series, 128-107
AROUND THE WEST
1. Diamondbacks (86-62) @ DODGERS
2. Giants (77-70) vs San Diego Padres; Luebke (5-9) vs. Cain (11-10)
3. DODGERS (72-74)
4. Rockies (69-77) @ Milwaukee Brewers; Rogers (6-5) vs. Greinke (14-6)
5. Padres (63-85) @ San Francisco Giants
(86-62, 41-35 away)
Los Angeles Dodgers
(72-74, 36-36 home)
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Los Angeles, California
Condition: Mostly Clear Game-Time Temperature: 71 F (Feels like 69 F)
Humidity: 64% Wind: 3 W
Radio: KABC 790, KTNQ 1020 (Spanish)
LAST 10 GAMES
AZ: 8-2 (Won 1)
LA: 6-4 (Lost 2)
- Gerardo Parra, LF
- Aaron Hill, 2B
- Justin Upton, RF
- Miguel Montero, C
- Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
- Chris Young, CF
- Ryan Roberts, 3B
- John McDonald, SS
- Ian Kennedy, P
Los Angeles Dodgers
- Dee Gordon, SS
- Justin Sellers, 2B
- Matt Kemp, CF
- Juan Rivera, RF
- James Loney, 1B
- Aaron Miles, 3B
- Jerry Sands, LF
- A.J. Ellis, C
- Chad Billingsley, P
Ian Kennedy (19-4, 2.90 ERA)
vs. Chad Billingsley (10-10, 4.30 ERA)
LINE: Diamondbacks -124
AZ– 15-Day DL: Jason Marquis* (Fibula), Xavier Nady (Hand) 60-day DL: Stephen Drew* (Ankle), Juan Gutierrez (Shoulder)
LA - QUESTIONABLE: Hiroki Kuroda (Neck); OUT: Andre Ethier* (Knee); 15-day DL: Casey Blake* (Neck), Dee Gordon (Shoulder), Rubby De La Rosa* (Elbow), Juan Uribe* (Groin), Jonathan Broxton* (Elbow), Vicente Padilla (Forearm), Jon Garland* (Shoulder); 60-day DL: Hector Gimenez (Knee); Restricted: Ronald Belisario (Personal)
* denotes that player is out for season.