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It Has Been A Bad September For Lilly, Dodgers

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Ted Lilly looks to turn things around as the Dodgers face the Paders in the middle contest tonight at Dodger Stadium. In his last four starts, Lilly has given up 18 runs in 20 1/3 innings, and has an outside chance at actually leading the club in home runs allowed, despite being here for just two months.

Pitcher HR IP
Carlos Monasterios    
14
83 2/3
Vicente Padilla
14
95
Hiroki Kuroda
14
182
Clayton Kershaw
13
196 1/3
Ted Lilly
11
54 2/3
John Ely
10
90

Tim Stauffer makes the start for the Padres, his fifth of the season. In his four starts, he has given up five runs in 20 innings, and four of those runs came last Thursday against the Cardinals.

Dodgers At The Mendoza Line

A batting average of .200 is considered to be at the so-called "Mendoza Line," named for Mario Mendoza, who often straddled that mark throughout his career. In reality, he hit .215 in his career, so if we adjust the line a bit, the Dodgers as a team in September are below the Mendoza Line. Here is a look at the culprits with 10 or more PA:

Player
PA
AB
H
BA
OPS
Lindsey
10
10
1
.100
.200
Johnson
34
33
5
.152
.328
Theriot
57
49
6
.122
.355
Mitchell
25
24
2
.083
.413
Podsednik
27
26
3
.115
.456
Blake
63
59
12
.203
.525
Furcal
61
54
11
.204
.554
Barajas
36
33
7
.212
.581
Kemp
65
60
12
.200
.612
Ethier
64
52
10
.192
.728
Team Totals   
659
595
123
.207
.583

There are 15 Dodgers with at least 10 plate appearances this month, and 10 of them are hitting .212 or worse. The Dodgers are averaging 2.56 runs per game in September, and are 5-13 for the month.

Happy Birthday

Tommy Lasorda turns 83 today, and 61 of those years have been spent with the Dodgers. Lasorda will be honored on the field before tonight's game, as the crowd will be invited to sing Happy Birthday to Tommy.

Sweet Lou Johnson also has a birthday, as he will turn 76 today. He will be on the field as well tonight, starting the festivities with "It's time for Dodger baseball." Johnson has been with the Dodger organization for 29 years.

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Game Time:  7:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket, ESPN

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