Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Soap Bubble Pitch Tonight!

Dodgers vs Phillies

Vicente Padilla vs Kyle Hendrick

4:05pm Ch. 9 KCAL

I think it's safe to say that every game is a big game from now on. If the Dodgers are going to win the West, they need to start winning games. More importantly, win every series. They are seven games back from the San Diego Padres. Just think about it, that's a week behind! It's going to be hard to get back on top but it's not impossible.

Game Notes:

Los Angeles heads into play this evening 7.0 games behind the Padres for first place, 5.5 games behind the NL Wild Card-leading Giants and just a half game behind the Rockies for third place.

Los Angeles is 22-30 (.423) on the road this year, 1-9 since the All-Star break and 2-10 at Citizens Bank Park since 2008 (this includes five postseason games).

No starter in baseball has been better than the Dodgers’ Vicente Padilla since the All-Star
break. Padilla is 1-1 with a 1.04 ERA in four starts since the break and going back further, the right-hander is 4-1 with a 1.13 ERA since June 30. NL ERA Leaders, Post All-Star – Starters

(Min. 3 starts)
1. Vicente Padilla, LAD 1.04 (3 ER/26.0 IP)
3. Chris Carpenter, STL 1.79
4. Livan Hernandez, WAS 1.87
4. Adam Wainwright, STL 1.91
5. Mat Latos, SD 1.96

►Since June 30, Padilla’ .150 opponents’ batting average is the best in the Majors and he has struck out 41 batters and walked just 11 during that time.

Yesterday, the Dodgers optioned right-hander Ramon Troncoso to Triple-A Albuquerque in order to make room for right-hander Ronald Belisario, who was activated from the restricted list today. Belisario is 1-1 with a 3.79 ERA in 35 games and last pitched on July 5. Before going on the restricted list, Belisario had fired 7.1 scoreless innings over five outings.

The Dodgers are expecting the return of shortstop Rafael Furcal to the lineup in Philadelphia this week. Furcal has a stiff lower back and has missed the last six games. His production at the top of the lineup has been unparalleled this season:

Highest OBP from Leadoff Spot, MLB 2010 (min. 200 PA)

Rafael Furcal, LAD .386
Andres Torres, SF .367
Kelly Johnson, Ari .366
Rickie Weeks, Mil .364
Ichiro Suzuki, Sea .362

SOURCE: STATS, LLC

  • Ken Gurnick wrote an article on Dodgers.com about Padilla's soap bubble pitch. Vin Scully comments. {linked here}