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April 23, 2013: Dodgers @ Mets (Kershaw-Niese) 7:10pm

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Posted: 4/23/2013 8:38 AM

April 23, 2013: Dodgers @ Mets (Kershaw-Niese) 7:10pm 


April 23, 2013

Los Angeles Dodgers (8-10)

Los Angeles Dodgers

New York Mets (9-8)
New York Mets
@

Citi Field
7:10pm EDT


UNOFFICIAL 
LINEUPS
:

            1. Carl Crawford, LF
    2. Mark Ellis, 2B
                 3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
      4. Matt Kemp, CF
5. A.J. Ellis, C
         6. Andre Ethier, RF
                   7. Jerry Hairston, Jr., 3B
            8. Justin Sellers, SS  
              
9. Clayton Kershaw, P


                 1. Jordany Valdespin, CF
         2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
       3. David Wright, 3B
4. Ike Davis, 1B
5. John Buck, C
    6. Lucas Duda, LF

     7. Marlon Byrd, RF
         8. Ruben Tejada, SS
          9. Jonathon Niese, P


Pitching matchup


Off to a slow start and with a banged-up rotation, the Los Angeles Dodgers really need ace Clayton Kershaw to be at his best.

That certainly didn't happen in his latest outing.


Kershaw now faces one of the NL's top offenses - but also a team he's dominated - on Tuesday night when the Dodgers follow their first win in a week with a three-game set against the New York Mets at Citi Field.


With Zack Greinke (collarbone) landing on the disabled list earlier this month, Chris Capuano (calf) joining him there last week and Chad Billingsley (elbow) doing so Sunday, Los Angeles is very thin on quality starters even with Ted Lilly (shoulder) set to be activated Wednesday.


That leaves a bigger burden on Kershaw (2-2, 1.88 ERA), especially with the Dodgers (8-10) being one of only five NL teams with a losing record.


He didn't pitch like a recent Cy Young Award winner Wednesday. The left-hander gave up five runs - three earned - and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 7-2 loss to last-place San Diego. His three home runs allowed tied a career worst, his five strikeouts were a season low and four walks a season high.


"I didn't have any command and really couldn't throw the breaking ball again," Kershaw told MLB's official website. "I don't know what happened. I was just falling behind too much."

After throwing 19 scoreless innings with one walk to open the season, he's given up six runs and walked seven in 9 2-3.


Kershaw has had no such problems versus the Mets. He's won five straight starts against them, giving up two earned runs in 35 2-3 innings while striking out 36.


David Wright, Ike Davis, John Buck and Lucas Duda - generally the No. 3-6 hitters in New York's lineup - are a combined 4 for 28 against Kershaw. No current Mets player has homered off him.


New York (9-8), though, is among the league leaders with 22 homers and 5.8 runs per game.


Buck is a big reason why. He hit his team-high seventh home run Sunday in a 2-0 win over Washington, and entered this week leading the majors with 22 RBIs.


"I don't know where we'd be without John Buck," manager Terry Collins said of the veteran catcher acquired from Toronto in the R.A. Dickey deal.


The Dodgers have not been nearly as good offensively, averaging 3.0 runs. They totaled 13 during a six-game losing streak before matching a season high in a 7-4 win at Baltimore on Sunday.


Manager Don Mattingly moved Matt Kemp down a spot to cleanup and pushed Adrian Gonzalez up to third. Though Kemp remains homerless, he had the go-ahead RBI single Sunday and his second three-hit effort in three games. As Kemp's average reached .235, Gonzalez raised his to a team-best .385 with a single and an RBI double.


"You may look back in a week and say this is a big game if we start to put some (wins) together," Mattingly said. "If we go into New York and don't play well then you don't look at it as anything. It's really going to be up to us."


Kemp and Andre Ethier, in a 2-for-21 slump, are each 4 for 9 against New York scheduled starter Jonathon Niese (2-1, 3.80).


The left-hander is coming off his first loss, giving up three runs in six innings of an 11-3 defeat at Colorado on Thursday.


Niese has a 4.26 ERA without a decision in two career starts against Los Angeles, which swept a three-game set at Citi Field last year and won the season series 4-3.

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

Last edited 4/23/2013 7:50 PM by Walnutz15

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Posted: 4/23/2013 10:30 AM

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Talk about a tough stretch of pitchers. Niese is gonna have to take it up a notch.

By god the Dodgers offense is putrid, no reason the Mets shouldnt win this series.
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Posted: 4/23/2013 12:16 PM

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The Dodgers are very thin after Kershaw, though. Lilly has always given us trouble, but Im not sure he should even be back pitching yet. And, I dont even think the Dodgers have said who is pitching Thursday.
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Posted: 4/23/2013 12:32 PM

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Hyu for Thursday.
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Posted: 4/23/2013 12:32 PM

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Get the win.
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Posted: 4/23/2013 1:02 PM

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I'm shocked that Collins has JV leading off and no Cowgill in the lineup. I would have played Cowgill and shifted Duda to 1st and sat Davis.

I don't think Lagares is here to replace Byrd, but to be a defensive replacement for Duda and be a pinch hitter.
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Posted: 4/23/2013 1:12 PM

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Alexandre62 wrote: I'm shocked that Collins has JV leading off and no Cowgill in the lineup. I would have played Cowgill and shifted Duda to 1st and sat Davis.

I don't think Lagares is here to replace Byrd, but to be a defensive replacement for Duda and be a pinch hitter.
I don't think that's the real lineup.
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Posted: 4/23/2013 1:41 PM

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Gonna really need Uncle Buck to do something because I don't like the Kershaw - Ike/Duda matchups.
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Posted: 4/23/2013 2:17 PM

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Alexandre62 wrote: I'm shocked that Collins has JV leading off and no Cowgill in the lineup. I would have played Cowgill and shifted Duda to 1st and sat Davis.

I don't think Lagares is here to replace Byrd, but to be a defensive replacement for Duda and be a pinch hitter.

If you are going to sit Davis, you might as well play Turner.  That probably wont happen tonight though because, IMO, TC babies Ike too much.  Not playing Ike tonight after 1 1/2 days off will hurt his feelings.  I can see Ike sitting tomorrow against Lilly.
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Posted: 4/23/2013 2:31 PM

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Coltny wrote: Gonna really need Uncle Buck to do something because I don't like the Kershaw - Ike/Duda matchups.

He's gone on strike, due to the t-shirt they're handing out tonight.

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

Last edited 4/23/2013 2:32 PM by Walnutz15

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Posted: 4/23/2013 2:58 PM

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Duda plays better D at 1b than Turner. My dog could play better D in left.
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Posted: 4/23/2013 3:20 PM

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Ike is sitting but JT is at 1B and Tejada is leading off for 1st time this year.  Cowbell in the 8th spot....

RT
Murph
Wright
Buck
Byrd
Duda
JT
Cowbell
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Posted: 4/23/2013 4:17 PM

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Walnutz15 wrote:
Coltny wrote: Gonna really need Uncle Buck to do something because I don't like the Kershaw - Ike/Duda matchups.

He's gone on strike, due to the t-shirt they're handing out tonight.

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Posted: 4/23/2013 4:44 PM

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DuffyDyer wrote: Ike is sitting but JT is at 1B and Tejada is leading off for 1st time this year.  Cowbell in the 8th spot....

RT
Murph
Wright
Buck
Byrd
Duda
JT
Cowbell
For now, I think that is our best vLHP lineup.  Although, I suspect it has more to do with Kershaw than anything else.  Still, I think it makes sense to have Tejada lead off.
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Posted: 4/23/2013 4:52 PM

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dcmets wrote:
DuffyDyer wrote: Ike is sitting but JT is at 1B and Tejada is leading off for 1st time this year.  Cowbell in the 8th spot....

RT
Murph
Wright
Buck
Byrd
Duda
JT
Cowbell
For now, I think that is our best vLHP lineup.  Although, I suspect it has more to do with Kershaw than anything else.  Still, I think it makes sense to have Tejada lead off.

May as well ride Buck while he's still hot.   

Dodgers bullpen is largely RH oriented.....so having Ike and JV off the bench will likely come in handy.
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Posted: 4/23/2013 5:12 PM

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Alexandre62 wrote: Duda plays better D at 1b than Turner. My dog could play better D in left.
Too bad the Mets don't have a roster spot for your dog. tongue.gif
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Posted: 4/23/2013 5:24 PM

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Buck...the guy has been a bright light. 22 RBI's. Whether or not he cools off, right now there are other glaring problems to worry about. I'm not concerned with Buck. Strike while the knife is sharp.

If Ike is going to be relegated to vRHP only then his usefulness is going to come into question. I'd almost rather see him in there tonight and force the issue. Either he hits lefties or the team looks for other 1B options. He had a nice game in the opener but if the end result of Ike is one game on, 3 games 0-4 and one game 1-3 with a single...then look for an out with him. Maybe if he gets hot in late July, look for a deal.
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Posted: 4/23/2013 7:03 PM

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1st game I've been able to watch since the Philly series. Hope Niese doesn't disappoint.

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Posted: 4/23/2013 7:12 PM

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spiritOF86 wrote: Talk about a tough stretch of pitchers. Niese is gonna have to take it up a notch.

By god the Dodgers offense is putrid, no reason the Mets shouldnt win this series.
Especially with Lilly vs Harvey.
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Posted: 4/23/2013 7:18 PM

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Kemp grounds into the 6-4-3 DP. Nice.
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