Stats shown are those accumulated for the week consisting of April 23-April 29.
10. Scott Elbert (0-0), 2.1 innings, 1 runs, 1 hits, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HR, 63% strike pct.
9. Javy Guerra (0-2, 1 BSV), 2.0 innings, 5 runs, 9 hits, 2 K, 1 BB, 72% strike pct.
A 22.50 ERA is not going to do Javy any favors in both the closer role, and our weekly pitcher rankings. Guerra isn’t fooling anybody, and a quality a closer needs, unless they can blaze a fastball past the opposition, which Guerra cannot.
8. Aaron Harang (0-0), 6.0 innings, 3 runs, 6 hits, 2 K, 4 BB, 57% strike pct.
7. Josh Lindblom (0-0, 1 hold), 4.0 innings, 1 run, 2 hits, 3 K, 0 BB, 74% strike pct.
Many are talking about Jansen taking over as closer of the Dodgers. But my fellow fans, don’t sleep on Lindblom.
6. Ted Lilly (0-0), 7.0 innings, 1 run, 3 hits, 2 K, 1 BB, 70% strike pct.
A meltdown in the ninth cost Ted Lilly a victory, but it gained him more believers, a tune different from that of all the naysayers at the beginning of this season.
5. Jamey Wright (1-0), 1.0 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 2 K, 0 BB, 67% strike pct.
I am confident that Wright can come in and get the job done, this after back-to-back weeks of stellar pitching. He won’t see much action in his current role, but it assures that he will be rested when his name is called upon.
4. Chad Billingsley (0-0), 7.0 innings, 1 run, 5 hits, 6 K, 2 BB, 62% strike pct.
Way to hang with Strasburg, Chad. After melting down in his previous outing, Billingsley got right back on track, limiting Washington to just a run, and allowing the Dodgers to notch a victory. As the team’s #2 starter, Billingsley will be counted on to perform at this level, and not at the one that doomed the Dodgers 12-0 a week ago.
3. Kenley Jansen (0-0, 2-of-2 saves, 1 hold), 4.0 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 7 K, 3 BB, 56% strike pct.
Coach Mattingly sure was cautious yesterday after watching Kenley allow the first two batters to get on base, having Javy Guerra warm up. It wasn’t necessary though ad Kenley would strike out the side, giving him many brownie points as he tries to capture the closers role away from Guerra.
2. Clayton Kershaw (1-0), 8.0 innings, 2 runs, 3 hits, 6 K, 1 BB, 63% strike pct.
Filthy stuff as always from Clayton. An errant pitch connected on by Adam LaRoche was his only falter this week, and really is the reason he doesn’t clinch the spot atop our pitcher rankings for the second consecutive week. Otherwise Kershaw was great, holding Washington to just three hits in 8.0 innings. Beware Rockies, Clayton may have a fire in his eyes, and could be ready to unleash.
1. Chris Capuano (2-0), 13.2 innings, 1 runs, 9 hits, 14 K, 6 BB, 63% strike pct.
A well deserved leader sits atop our rankings this week. I’ll admit that I cringed when I learned that the Dodgers would sign Chris Capuano, but he has pitched ever-so-admirably. Capuano shut down two of the NL’s top teams en route to picking his second and third victories of the season. It has only been four starts since he blew up against the Padres, but could you imagine if he hadn’t? He would be a four-game winner, and in All-Star talks. Let’s hope this run continues on throughout 2012, and Chris makes a few more appearances on top of the ladder.