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Dodgers Starting Pitching Has Plundered Pirates

Chad Billingsley looks to continue the Dodgers' great run of starting pitching against the Pirates.
Chad Billingsley looks to continue the Dodgers' great run of starting pitching against the Pirates.

Garrett Jones had a four-hit game and drove in three runs Monday night against the Dodgers, drawing memories of his two-homer game on opening day 2010. Vicente Padilla (yes, he started on opening day) allowed seven runs to the Pirates in that loss, but since then Dodgers starting pitchers have had their way with Pittsburgh.

In their last 18 games against the Pirates, Dodgers starters have allowed two or fewer runs 15 times. Dodgers starters have a 2.39 ERA and 1.15 WHIP during that span. The Dodgers are 14-4 against the Pirates during that time, including seven wins in a row, with the Los Angeles starters sporting a 12-3 record.

Dodgers Starting Pitchers Vs. Pirates, 2012
Date Pitcher Dec Result IP H R ER BB K
Apr 10 Kershaw ND LA 2-1 7.0 4 1 1 0 7
Apr 11 Billingsley W LA 4-1 6.0 5 1 1 0 4
Apr 12 Capuano W LA 3-2 5.0 6 2 2 0 7
Aug 13 Harang W LA 5-4 6.0 5 2 2 3 4
Totals: 3-0, 2.25 ERA, 0.958 WHIP 24.0 20 6 6 3 22

The starter who pitched the best game against the Pirates, Clayton Kershaw, was the only one to not pick up a win.

Both starting pitchers bring winning streaks into Tuesday's game, though in different ways. Chad Billingsley has won all four starts since coming off the disabled list, with a 2.03 ERA during that time. Billingsley allowed four runs in his last start but allowed only two runs combined in the previous three. Billingsley has walked two or fewer in each of his last six starts, and in 10 of his last 12 starts as well.

Kevin Correia is 7-0 in his last nine starts but he has a 4.56 ERA during that span, nearly the equivalent of a hitting streak with just one hit in each game hitting .261 or so. Correia allowed one run in six innings against Kershaw in the Dodgers' home opener on April 10 and like Kershaw picked up a no-decision.

Andre Ethier leads the way against Correia, hitting .478 (11-for-23) with two doubles and a triple. Hanley Ramirez has hit .333 (6-for-18) with two doubles and a homer against him. Matt Kemp has hit just .172 (5-for-29) against Correia, with one home run.

Correia is one of just eight pitchers to allow two home runs to James Loney, but Loney has hit just .200 (5-for-25) against the right-hander.

Jones, naturally, is hitting .444 (4-for-9) against Billingsley, with four walks and two doubles. Clint Barmes is hitting .385 (5-for-13) with a home run against Billingsley, while Neil Walker is just 1-for-9 (.111).

Game Time: 4:05 p.m.


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