If the ball hit by Matt Kemp last night didn't hit the scoreboard, there is a decent chance it would still be in the air today, maybe landing by the time tonight's game starts. It was the third straight game for Kemp with a home run, the fourth streak of such length in his career.
|Matt Kemp Home Run Streaks|
|Aug 29-Sep 1, 2009||4||Carlos Fisher, Bronson Arroyo, Doug Davis, Yusmeiro Petit|
|Apr 13-16, 2010||4||Ian Kennedy, Rodrigo Lopez, Aaron Heilman, Todd Wellemeyer|
|June 1-3, 2006||3||Gavin Floyd, Ryan Madson, Clay Condrey|
|Aug 21-24, 2010||3||Johnny Cueto, Bronson Arroyo, Dave Bush|
Hiroki Kuroda has a relatively benign 3.86 ERA in his last nine starts, one out shy of averaging six inning per start. Yet, his record in those games is 1-6, thanks to 18 Dodger runs in those nine games. Kuroda has a 25-28 record in his three years in Los Angeles despite an above average adjusted ERA.
Kuroda has one of the best ERA+ ever by a Dodger with a losing record.
|Highest Dodger Career ERA+, Under .500|
minimum 50 decisions (Baseball-Reference.com)
Old friend (twice removed) Randy Wolf is struggling in the first season of a three-year, $29.75 million contract with the Brewers. He is not getting the same fortune as last season (a .290 batting average on balls in play this season after a .257 BABIP last year), but he is also contributing to his own demise by walking 3.9 batters per nine innings, compared to a career low 2.4 last season.
Wolf has allowed 15 home runs in 80 2/3 innings in Milwaukee this season, compared with nine home runs in 81 1/3 innings on the road.
In addition to Manny Ramirez, the Dodgers have also placed Casey Blake, Scott Podsednik, and Jay Gibbons on waivers, per Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.
I will be a guest tonight on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio with Jeff Rickard and Steve Phillips, just after 6 p.m.
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Game Time: 5:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket