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Ely Looks To Keep Runs Off The Board Early Against D-Backs

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John Ely has had trouble of late thanks in part to allowing runs early. He has allowed a run (or more) in the first or second inning in five of his last seven starts.

Split
G
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
K
ERA
FIP
WHIP
Opponent scores in first 2 IP
8
40
51
35
34
6
19
30
7.65
5.15
1.750
Opponent scoreless in first 2 IP
8
50
40
17
16
4
12
36
2.88
3.52
1.040

If Ely can get through the first two frames unscathed, I like those odds. Ely has faced Arizona twice this season, and has allowed two runs in 13 innings, with two walks and 11 strikeouts.

Dan Hudson has been terrific since being acquired from the White Sox for Edwin Jackson on July 30. Hudson is 6-1 with a 1.65 ERA, 3.26 FIP, and 3.65 xFIP in 10 starts, and he's averaging over seven innings per outing. With Arizona, he has allowed three runs just once, and even though he lost that game he had no walks and 10 strikeouts. He has 65 strikeouts against just 14 walks as a Diamondback.

Notes

  • The Dodgers have won 11 of 13 against the Diamondbacks this season, including six of seven at Chase FIeld
  • John Lindsey is expected to start at first base today
  • Kenley Jansen in his last eight games has pitched a shutout of sorts: 9 IP, 2 hits, 2 walks, 12 strikeouts
  • Ronald Belisario in September has pitched well: 9 IP, 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts
  • Mark Reynolds saw his average dip below .200 last night, as he is now hitting .199 with 206 strikeouts. It should be noted, however, that Reynolds has a higher OPS+ (99) than Casey Blake (95) and is tied with James Loney.
  • On this date in 1974, Dr. Frank Jobe performed ligament transplant surgery on Dodgers' pitcher Tommy John, the first ever surgery of its kind. John would miss the 1975 season, but would go on to pitch 14 more seasons and win 164 games after the surgery.

Game Time:  5:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

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