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John Ely looks to get back on track today against Chicago.
John Ely looks to get back on track today against Chicago.

With a 9-7 victory over the Chicago Cubs, the Dodger bats woke up and delivered the second win in as many games in this 4 game set against the Cubs.  John Ely will be looking for similar run support today, as the Dodgers rookie has struggled as of late.  John Ely will take his 4-6 record to the hill today on National Television and battle Tom Gorzelanny.  Ely's ERA is up above 4 for the first time this year since his opening game but his peripherals remain fairly solid.  Ely enters the game with an x-FIP of 3.86 which is built on his fantastic walk rate (2.56/9.)

Tom Gorzelanny enters the contest with a losing record of 3-5, but has a fairly solid stat line. His ERA is 3.31 and his x-FIP is 3.97.  Gorzelanny has been striking out over 9 batters per nine innings which is his best of his career. 

Bullpen News:

Dylan Hernandez and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reported last night that Ronald Belisario was placed on the restricted list to receive treatment in a substance abuse program.  At this time, no official announcement has been made by the Dodgers, but assuming Belisario is out for an extended period of time Dodger management will need to make some changes to firm up the bullpen.  Ned Colletti has expressed a desire to fill that need via trade at some point, but one wonders if the Dodgers will consider bringing up Kenley Jansen or James McDonald to fill the role in the meantime (particularly instead of making a trade for bullpen relief like the one last year that is currently haunting the Dodgers.)

NL West Race:

With a Rockies victory over the Padres yesterday and with the Dodgers win over Chicago, the Rockies and Dodgers are now only 2 games back of the Padres in the NL West. As many on this board have maintained, it was only a matter of time until the Rockies starting making their push, and wouldn't be surprised if the two teams battling for 1st place in the division at the end of the year are Los Angeles and Colorado. 

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Game Time 1:10

Television: Fox

Current Series

Dodgers lead the series 2-0

Thu 07/08 WP: Clayton Kershaw (9 - 4)
SV: Jonathan Broxton
LP: Randy Wells (4 - 7)
3 - 2 win
Fri 07/09 WP: Chad Billingsley (7 - 4)
LP: Ted Lilly (3 - 8)
9 - 7 win

Chicago Cubs
@ Los Angeles Dodgers

Saturday, Jul 10, 2010, 1:10 PM PDT
Dodger Stadium

Tom Gorzelanny vs John Ely

Sunny. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.


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