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Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 18, 2014: Hanley Lives

dodger_stadium_openingday2013Tonight, Zack Greinke makes his fourth start for the Dodgers this season. So far, he has pitched very well, only allowing five runs in 16-1/3 innings. his peripherals have been very interesting. In his first three starts, he’s struck out 21 batters and walked just two. Both walks came in his first start of the year; he’s faced 50 batters (and struck out 17 of them) since he allowed his last walk.

Greinke’s FIP is higher than you’d expect (4.03, above the league average), since he’s given up four home runs. However, the high home run rate isn’t because Greinke is throwing more pitches in the strike zone. So far this season, he’s thrown 41.2% of his pitches into the Pitch F/X strike zone, almost identical to his 2012 and 2013 rates. The biggest peripheral difference is that Greinke is inducing a lot more swings on pitches outside of the strike zone (38.6%, compared to a career rate of 26.8%), and batters are making contact less often overall (71% contact rate this season, career rate is 79.5%).

DBacks
Dodgers 
7:10pm PT
Los Angeles, CA
RF
Parra
RF
Puig
2B
Hill
2B
Turner
1B
Goldschmidt
SS
Ramirez
C
Montero
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Ross
CF
Kemp
3B
Prado
LF
Van Slyke
SS
Owings
3B
Uribe
CF
Pollock
C
Federowicz
P
Miley (L)
P
Greinke (R)

Greinke’s high home run rate seems a bit like luck, and stats that adjust for it love what he has done so far. xFIP adjusts Greinke’s HR/FB rate from 30.8% down to the league average (around 11%), which results in a stellar value of 1.94. After adjusting for park, his xFIP is third in baseball, behind Masahiro Tanaka and Felix Hernandez. Since his line drive rate is down and his ground ball rate is up, his SIERA (which uses batted ball characteristics to estimate ERA) is 2.02, which is also third best in the majors behind the same pitchers.

In lineup news, Hanley Ramirez is alive! Given how bad the injury looked when it happened, it’s pretty amazing that he missed just one game. Hopefully the medical staff isn’t rushing him back before he’s ready, but for once it feels like the team was lucky on a potential injury. This allows the Dodgers to re-establish the second base platoon, so Dee Gordon gets the night off against lefty Wade Miley. Greinke’s last two games have been caught by Drew Butera, but tonight Tim Federowicz starts in his place.

On the Diamondbacks side, Cody Ross returns from the disabled list and gets the start in left field. Ross dislocated his hip last year. Mark Trumbo gets the night off (and has gone 3-for-36 in the past week).

Below, you’ll notice the return of a feature that was present on Mike’s old site: the bullpen usage chart. You can also find it here. Many thanks to reader/commenter ABSmileBunch for maintaining the chart!

Sun 9/14Mon 9/15Tues 9/16Wed 9/17Thurs 9/18Fri 9/19Sat 9/20
RP. Baez152613
RK. Correia57
LD. Coulombe121611
LS. Elbert41314
RC. Frias38 (s)5
RY. Garcia1211
LJ.P. Howell1524
RK. Jansen1311
RB. League72310
RC. Perez1425
LP. Rodriguez4159
RB. Wilson131420
RJ. Wright161012

About

Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area and remains a Dodger fan despite currently residing in Salem, MA. As an engineer, he’s fascinated by the math and science behind the game of baseball, which probably explains a lot. He started “Blog To The Score” in late 2013 to dig deeper into the numbers behind the Dodgers. In its brief lifespan, it gained attention from local and national media. You can find him spending too much time in the comments section or on Twitter.


1001 comments
ABSmileBunch
ABSmileBunch

Alright, I've updated the bullpen chart for tomorrow, my work here is done. Later.

Playstation 1.5
Playstation 1.5

In my clairvoyant vision I perceived that the Dodgers let up their feet on the proverbial gas pedal after Uribe's home run.

Barney (Not Darwin)
Barney (Not Darwin)

So they'll hit in June again this year. Will Joc play the "Puig role" and be the sparkplug?

Lobo
Lobo

Have we lost all three of our extra inning games this season?

Barney (Not Darwin)
Barney (Not Darwin)

I guess it's fitting that they couldn't get the ball out of the infield against a demoted starter.

Barney (Not Darwin)
Barney (Not Darwin)

So in one week they've made Lincecum, Vogelsong, Miley and now Cahill look like aces.

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

So basically Puig was not putting the ball in play today.

What is going on with the offense? We do seem to have team-wide shutdowns.

 tomato
tomato

Ethier hit it hard, chopper to first...not really

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

To start this year, Ethier seems to be worse against righties than lefties. But that may be because of platooning...

Matt Kemp's Bath Towel
Matt Kemp's Bath Towel

our shitty catchers aside, it'll be nice when Ethier and Crawford stop embarrassing us at the plate.

Barney (Not Darwin)
Barney (Not Darwin)

What is wrong with Ethier? It's been a while since he's been able to get the ball out of the infield.

Hoze
Hoze

@Lobo  no, at least not the game that I went (first Tigers' game)

Lobo
Lobo

@Hoze @Lobo I thought it was our second game against the Tigers that went extras.  Thought we won the first one in the bottom of the ninth

Lobo
Lobo

@Hoze @Lobo Looks like I'm wrong.  We DID lose the second game to the Tigers in extras but we also won the first game of that series in extras.  So 1-3 in extra inning games