Results tagged ‘ Max Scherzer ’

Turner and seven lefties lead surge against Scherzer

2016 NLDS Game One---Los Angeles Dodgers vs Washington Nationals

Nationals
Trea Turner, CF
Bryce Harper, RF
Jayson Werth, LF
Daniel Murphy, 2B
Anthony Rendon, 3B
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
Danny Espinosa, SS
Jose Lóbatón, C
Max Scherzer, P
Dodgers
Chase Utley, 2B
Corey Seager, SS
Justin Turner, 3B
Adrián González, 1B
Josh Reddick, RF
Joc Pederson, CF
Yasmani Grandal, C
Andrew Toles, LF
Rich Hill, P

By Jon Weisman

The eight position players the Dodgers have used in their three previous National League Division Series games against right-handed starters will take the field tonight for Game 5 in Washington against Max Scherzer.

Over six innings in Game 1 six days ago, Scherzer walked none, hit one (Justin Turner) and allowed only five hits, but two of those hits were home runs. That’s basically the one vulnerability for Scherzer, who led NL pitchers with 31 gopher balls.

Including his final three regular-season starts, the 32-year-old Scherzer has given up seven homers in his past 23 2/3 innings.

“I think there’s a lot of confidence,” Dave Roberts said this afternoon of the Dodger offense. “Obviously, when you face Scherzer, whether you faced him a few days ago or you haven’t, this guy’s got elite stuff. He’s a big-game pitcher. Our guys realize that. But having known that we have gotten to him before, and recently, I think that that bodes good for us and our psyche.

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Kershaw says he feels less pressure to carry Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Jon Weisman

A day ahead of his National League Division Series start, a smiling Clayton Kershaw looked relaxed at his Q&A with reporters — and admitted he’s feeling more relaxed as well.

He owes that relative levity to the all-hands-on-deck Dodgers, who showed in 2016 that they can win even with their ace sidelined from late June until September with a herniated disk. Calling this the “most complete” team he has been on, Kershaw said he doesn’t feel he needs to carry the Dodgers by himself.

“I think in the past I’ve definitely felt that pressure more,” Kershaw said, heading into his fourth straight postseason and the sixth of his career. “But this year’s been a little bit different for me, just as far as having to watch on the sidelines for two months (and) understanding how good our team is. … I think it’s really kind of hit home for me a little bit, as I’ve come back, that I can definitely be a part of this and definitely help and definitely be a factor in winning — but I don’t have to be the factor.

“Obviously I have a job to do and I understand that,” he added, “but … we’re such a team that I feel like I can rely on those guys and, likewise, they can rely on me. It’s just a different feeling than I’ve had in the past.”

As usual, questions about whether Kershaw will start a potential Game 4 on three days’ rest have begun before he has even thrown his first Game 1 pitch. Among the follow-ups: Did the time off to rest his back deliver a side benefit of resting his arm?

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Will Dodgers-Nationals pivot on starting pitching?

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By Cary Osborne

Our starting point for the upcoming National League Division Series between the Dodgers and Nationals is starting pitching.

It’s particularly important in this series, with the Dodgers and Nationals ranked Nos. 1 and 2 respectively in bullpen ERA among all big-league teams. A major factor for both teams will be which can score the most runs early.

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Yikes, that’s a lot of strikes

The ultimate strike-thrower Sandy Koufax.

The ultimate strike-thrower, Sandy Koufax

By Cary Osborne

Twenty strikeouts in one game is incredible.

But what made Washington pitcher Max Scherzer’s 20K performance Wednesday even more incredible is that he threw 96 strikes out of 119 pitches — both the amount of strikes and the percentage (80.7 percent strikes) are rarities.

Still, when it comes to strike-throwers, the conversation starts with the Dodgers and one Sandy Koufax.

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NL’s best pitchers tough on Dodgers, tougher on Mets

Matt Harvey reacts to a solo home run by Adrian Gonzalez at Dodger Stadium on July 4. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Matt Harvey reacts to a solo home run by Adrian Gonzalez at Dodger Stadium on July 4. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

By Cary Osborne

How many times have you heard someone say, “The Dodgers can’t hit good pitching?”

Well, that’s what good pitching does. It shuts down hitting.

The numbers show that good pitching did just that against the Dodgers in 2015. But it did even more against the New York Mets.

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