Dodgers vs D-Backs Pre-Game: Southpaws Meet in Heated Game

It wasn’t the debut that Hanley Ramirez and the fans had in mind last night at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers just had one of those games last night, losing to the D-Backs 7-2. Those seven runs came on a three-run home run and a grand slam given up by big Aaron Harang. However, as usual the Dodgers didn’t roll over and were trying to score until the very last out of the game.

The Dodgers will look to rebound after the tough defeat. Tonight it will be a battle between two lefties at Dodger Stadium, Wade Miley against Chris Capuano.

Miley is probably the least talked about rookie in the Major Leagues this year despite making the National League All Star team. He was basically thrown into the D-Backs rotation early on due to numerous injuries and has done nothing but impress. On the season Miley has an 11-6 record with a 3.11 ERA. In his last outing he picked up a loss against the New York Mets, allowing nine hits and three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings of work. On July 5 in Arizona Miley got roughed up a bit by the Dodgers, allowing eight hits and four earned runs in 6.2 innings in that one. It will be interesting to see how the rookie prepares for a chance at revenge against this Dodger offense that got the best of him earlier this month.

Chris Capuano will take the hill for the Dodgers. This lefty is a veteran that has had an impressive year of his own. His numbers aren’t too far off from his opponent, with a 10-6 record and a 3.13 ERA on the season. Although Capuano hasn’t had the best second half of the season and is coming off of a bad outing in St Louis against the Cardinals. In his last start against the Cardinals he only managed to get through 4 1/3 innings, allowing 11 hits and five earned runs. On July 8 Capuano also got knocked around by this D-Backs team that he’s about to face, allowing nine hits and five earned runs in 5.0 innings of work.

So it will be a game of adjustments and revenge for both left-handers as they go head to head tonight at Dodger Stadium.
(By adjustments I could be talking about more new teammates for the Dodgers? But I guess we’ll have to wait and see )

Arizona Diamondbacks (52-51) at Los Angeles Dodgers (56-48)
Wade Miley (11-6, 3.11) vs Chris Capuano (10-6, 3.13)
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
7:10 p.m. PST, July 31, 2012
TV: Prime Ticket
Radio: 570 AM (English), 1020 AM (Spanish)
Promotion: Kirk Gibson Bobblehead presented by San Manuel Indian and Bingo
Game-Time Weather: Mostly Sunny, 74 degrees

Diamondbacks’ Projected Starters:
P: Wade Miley
C: Miguel Montero
1B: Paul Goldschmidt
2B: Aaron Hill
SS: Stephen Drew
3B: Chris Johnson
LF: Jason Kubel
CF: Chris Young
RF: Justin Upton

Key Bench Players: SS Willie Bloomquist, OF Gerardo Parra

Dodgers’ Last 10 (6-4): L vs ARI, W @ SF, W @ SF, W @ SF, L @ STL, L @ STL, L @ STL, W @ STL, W @ NYM, W @ NYM.
Diamondbacks’ Last 10 (7-3): W @ LA, L vs NYM, W vs NYM, W vs NYM, L vs NYM, L vs COL, W vs COL, W vs COL, W vs HOU, W vs HOU.

Keys to a Dodger Victory:
– Score early on:
The Dodgers need to come out and give Capuano an early lead in this one. It will be good for the struggling Capuano to pitch with a comfortable 2-0 lead at least in the first three innings. When he becomes comfortable on that mound, it will be cruise mode for him for about six or seven innings of shutout ball.

Prediction: Dodgers 4, D-Backs 1

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