Tim Stauffer-8-10 vs. Hiroki Kuroda-10-14
one night after seeing Clayton Kershaw entrench himself into the NL Cy Young race, we'll see another strong pitching matchup tonight during game two of this three game series.
its no secret the Dodgers improved play of late has coincided with most of the dead weight being finally removed from the roster. Ill give credit to Mattingly , he's finally putting together good lineups.
with Uribe on the DL and likely to miss the rest of the season, and useless vets like Thames, Navarro, Gibbons, not on the roster anymore, the Dodgers are starting to score more runs and win more games.
is it possible the Dodgers could finish the year with a respectable record? its possible, but in order to finish with a non-losing record, the Dodgers need to win 18 more games. well be keeping track of this throughout the last month of the season.
Tim Stauffer will take the mound looking to halt San Diego's skid. Staufffer might be taking pitching lessons from Ted Lilly, because he's been serving up a lot of home runs lately. he has given up ten over his last four starts. he is 8-10 against the league, and 4-3 against the Dodgers. the Dodgers have had problems with him though, his ERA vs the Dodgers is 2.83. lets keep an eye on WIll Venable though. he is the only guy in the Padres lineup who has had any success at all against Kuroda. he's hitting .438 with 1 home run in 16 AB. so well need to watch him carefully.
the Dodgers will counter with Hiroki Kuroda. It seems like Kuroda's luck has finally turned around, he's won four of his last five decisions, and has gotten a total of 28 runs of support during that time. Kuroda is 10-14 against the league and is having one of his finest seasons. his ERA is 2.92, and he is 7-4 against San Diego.
I was at the Tony Gwynn signing today out in Glendale. Tony was very nice and signed for everyone who was there at the Staples store. Ill post up pics later.
game time tonight is 710 on KCAL. tis might be a low scoring affair tonight. lets get Hiroki some runs boys shall we? GO BLUE