LOS ANGELES DODGERS (28-13) at Arizona Diamondbacks (19-23)
LHP Chris Capuano (5-1, 2.34) vs. LHP Patrick Corbin (2-2, 5.73)
Chase Field – Phoenix, AZ
The Dodgers look for their fifth consecutive win
tonight as they open a three-game series with the Diamondbacks.
Los Angeles has won nine of its past 11 games and enters tonight’s game with
the best record in the Majors at 28-13. Following three games in the
desert, where outside temperatures are expected to approach 110 degrees,
the Dodgers return home for a seven-game homestand against Houston
►The Dodgers are a season-high 15 games over .500, their best
record since the conclusion of the 2009 season (95-67)
►Los Angeles is 13 games into a stretch where it plays 18 of
23 games at Dodger Stadium through the end of May. The
Dodgers have gone 10-3 since May 7, including a 9-2 mark at
►The Dodgers are 23-6 when scoring first, the best such record
in the National League (Source: Stats, LLC)
►Los Angeles has played 18 one-run games (12-6), tied with
Washington and Pittsburgh for the most in the Majors.
Chris Capuano will make his ninth start of the
season tonight as he looks for his seventh consecutive quality start and to
snap a personal four-game losing streak against the D-backs (last win vs.
Arizona: Sept. 13, 2005). Capuano enters tonight’s game ranked among
the National League leaders in wins (5, T-3rd), ERA (2.34, 14th) and
opponents’ batting average (.201, 9th).
►Los Angeles leads the big leagues with a 2.81 team ERA (50
ER/160.1 IP) in 18 May games and ranks second in the Majors
overall with a 2.99 ERA and a .223 opponents’ batting average,
trailing only Washington’s 2.93 ERA and .217 average.
►Dodger starters lead the Majors with a 2.73 combined ERA
and a .731 winning percentage (19-7) and rank second with a
.214 opponents’ batting average. Los Angeles is tied for third in
the Majors with 28 quality starts.
►Not to be overlooked, the Los Angeles bullpen has posted a
1.48 ERA (5 ER/30.1 IP) over the last 12 games since May 7.
Dodger relievers have averaged 9.2 strikeouts per 9.0 innings
(31 SO) and limited opposing hitters to a .194 batting average
(21-for-108) in that span.
(This post came from the game notes that are linked from this site.)