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Dodgers Longing For The Long Ball This Season

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How did the Dodgers go from having the best run differential in baseball last season (+169 runs) to being dead even this season? Well, there are a number of reasons the 2010 Dodgers have both scored and allowed 464 runs this season. But a big reason has been the home run deficit.

Split Solo 2-Run 3-Run Slams Total HR Runs Off HR Runs/Gm
Batting 86 34 19 6 145 235 1.45
Pitching   
82 32 11 2 127 187 1.15
2009 Totals +18 +48 +0.30

 

Split Solo 2-Run 3-Run Slams Total HR Runs Off HR Runs/Gm
Batting 41 26 10 2 79 131 1.24
Pitching   
42 27 14 0 83 138 1.30
2010 Totals -4 -7 -0.06

 

From last year to this year, the Dodgers are down roughly 0.36 runs per game just on home runs, which is a 58-run difference over the course of a full season. The three-run shots seem to have fallen out of the Dodgers favor this year, including two hit by the Padres last night.

Well Traveled Lilly

The Dodgers are Ted Lilly's sixth team. Here are his first starts with his previous five teams:

Team Date Opp IP H R ER BB K Dec
Expos 9/19/99 Atl 5.2 5 4 4 1 7 L
Yankees 4/22/01 Bos 6.2 7 2 2 2 10 ND
A's 7/15/02 TB 6.0 3 0 0 2 4 W
Blue Jays 4/9/04 Bos 5.1 5 4 4 2 3 ND
Cubs 4/4/07 Cin 7.0 3 1 1 1 9 W
Totals 3.23 ERA, 1.010 WHIP 30.2 23 11 11 8 33 2-1

Roster Move

Before tonight's game, the Dodgers placed Jeff Weaver on the disabled list, and recalled Ramon Troncoso from Triple A. Since the beginning of July, Weaver has allowed 14 runs in 13 2/3 innings over nine games. Troncoso allowed 11 runs and four home runs in 14 1/3 innings with the Isotopes after being optioned last month.

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Game Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV:  KCAL

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