For Some Pitchers, Facing Dodgers Has Been A Hazard

Miguel Batista was the latest starting pitcher to bite the dust after facing the Dodgers this season.

As the Dodgers hit the next leg of their road trip in St. Louis, we can look back at their sweep in New York. In the first two games of the weekend series, the Mets starter pitched just three innings and was removed from the roster the next day.

To date this season, there have been 12 starting pitchers to either be optioned to the minors, placed on the disabled list, or released directly after a start against the Dodgers. That doesn't count Trevor Bauer of the Diamondbacks, who made one more start after facing the Dodgers earlier this month before getting optioned to Triple A.

Opposing Starters Hurt Or Demoted After Facing Dodgers
Start Date Pitcher Team Game Result Roster Move
April 7 Dustin Moseley SD LA 6, SD 5 (11) DL, right shoulder strain
April 21 Kyle Weiland Hou LA 5, Hou 1 DL, right shoulder surgery
April 23 Jair Jurrjens Atl LA 7, Atl 2 optioned to Triple A
May 1 Jhoulys Chacin Col LA 7, Col 6 DL, right shoulder inflammation
May 6 Travis Wood ChC ChC 4, LA 3 (11) optioned to Triple A
May 21 Patrick Corbin Ari LA 6, Ari 1 optioned to Triple A
June 2 Juan Nicasio Col LA 6, Col 2 DL, left knee surgery
June 10 Blake Beavan Sea LA 8, Sea 2 optioned to Triple A
June 16 Philip Humber CWS CWS 5, LA 4 DL, right elbow strain
June 19 Brandon McCarthy Oak Oak 3, LA 0 DL, right shoulder strain
July 20 Johan Santana NYM LA 7, NY 6 DL, right ankle sprain
July 21 Miguel Batista NYM LA 8, NY 5 Designated for assignment

Chacin was originally optioned on May 2, but he had his option rescinded four days later and was placed on the disabled list instead.

Monday's Starting Pitchers

Chad Billingsley is back from the disabled list looking to snap the first five-start losing streak of his career. He issued no walks and had 13 strikeouts in his last two outings, but lost both games and has a 6.21 ERA over his last five starts.

Joe Kelly gets the call for the Cardinals, making his eighth big league start. He has allowed three runs or less in all seven of his starts and has pitched exactly six innings in each of his last five starts. In four starts in St. Louis Kelly is 0-1 but has a 1.69 ERA with 11 walks and 17 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings.

Game Time: 5:15 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

MLB Gameday

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