Jeff Locke-0-1 vs. Hiroki Kuroda-11-16
The Dodgers begin game two against the fourth place Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger stadium tonight.
after the Dodgers lost last night, they were officially eliminated from divisional race. they still remain in the wild card race, but hanging on by a thread. just one more Atlanta win, or Dodger loss, will completely eliminate the Dodgers from any postseason contention this year. regardless of how meaningless these games are, we still have to play them, and Team Pride is something we should be playing for.
remember the Dodgers need to win 8 of their last 12 games to reach a winning season. that seems unlikely now, but you never know.
rookie lefty Jeff Locke will be on the mound for Pittsburgh. Locke is 0-1, and wasn't impressive in his major league debut last week. he allowed three runs and five walks. but remember Dodger stadium is very friendly towards winless pitchers. I fully expect for young Jeff to slam a two runs home run, as that is how things have been going this year.
The Dodgers will counter with hard luck Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda now 11-16 on the year, has received two runs of support or less in 19 of his 29 starts. The former Japanese ERA champion has had one of his best years in blue, despite the poor run support. Kuroda has an ERA of 3.25, and has pitched very well against the Pirates with a 4-1 record, and a 1.89 ERA. were all very happy that Kuroda decided to stay, as he invoked his no-trade clause back in july. he has said before that he only wants to pitch for the Dodgers, and were delighted as we seem him as one of the core group of players that should be wearing blue forever. Kuroda has been bothered by a sore neck, but MRI tests revealed no damage. Team doctors cleared him to start.
that bastard McCutchen is hitting .375 off of Kuroda, so hell need to keep an yes on him.
tonight's epic match between two non-contenders is a 710 start time, televised on Prime Ticket. Lets get a win please. GO BLUE