at Brewers 7-2 .778 at Marlins 6-3 .667 at Rockies 18-10 .643 at Reds 9-5 .643 at Diamondbacks 15-12 .556 SOURCE: STATS, LLC?The Dodgers don't play the Rockies again for another 53 days when the two squads begin a three-game series at Dodger Stadium from May 30-June 1.
DUH, WINNING – Dodger right-hander Chad Billingsley earned his first victory of the season last Friday night and now has 53 wins since the start of the 2007 campaign, which is tied with Roy Oswalt for the most in the National League over that time. Here is the list:
Most Victories since 2007 – National League Adam Wainwright 64 Derek Lowe 58 Bronson Arroyo 57 Tim Lincecum 56 Ted Lilly 54 Chad Billingsley 53 Roy Oswalt 53CLIMBING THE LADDER – Dodger closer Jonathan Broxton recorded career save No. 80 Sunday night, moving him within one of Takashi Saito for eighth place in franchise history. Broxton is also nearing Clem Labine (83, 7th) and Jay Howell (85, 6th).
?Broxton is tied with Mariano Rivera and Joel Hanrahan for the Major League lead with three saves. Last season, Broxton did not pick up his third save until May 9. The only time in his career that the Georgia native recorded more than three saves during the season's opening month was in 2009, when he nailed down seven contests.
?Broxton appeared in his 375th career game Sunday night for the Dodgers and is 10th on the all-time franchise games played list among pitchers, three behind Dazzy Vance for ninth place. Broxton is also zeroing in on Brickyard Kennedy (382), Sandy Koufax (397) and Charlie Hough (401).
?The Dodgers have 15 Thursday off days this season with just two of them coming on the road. The club has three Monday off days and one each on Tuesday and Wednesday during the All-Star break
MAKING MOVES – Following the game last night, the Dodgers optioned infielder Ivan De Jesus to Triple-A Albuquerque, where he will begin the minor league season tomorrow. Los Angeles is expected to activate third baseman Casey Blake from the 15-day disabled list today. Blake has not played since March 12 after injuring his right side during Spring Training. The 37-year old third baseman is in the final year of a three-year contract he signed on Dec. 10, 2008.
THAT WAS BRISK – The Dodgers lost to the Rockies last night in two hours and 19 minutes, easily their quickest game of the season. Last year, the club's fastest game time was 2:15 against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium on July 9.
?The Dodgers were shut out last night for the second time this season. Last year, Los Angeles was blanked a league-high 17 times.
WHO'S BETTER? – Dodger centerfielder Matt Kemp is off to a hot start, hitting .313 with a homer, three RBI, two doubles and a team-leading four runs scored. Since 2009, Kemp has been as good as any center fielder in baseball:
Kemp, Since 2009 – with Ranks Among MLB CF (stats while playing CF only)
Games 321 1st HR 53 2nd (Granderson, 55) RBI 183 1st OPS .808 3rd (min. 600 PA) Runs 179 t-2nd SB 53 8th SOURCE: STATS, LLCREADY TO ROCK – Several Dodgers have enjoyed success against the Rockies during their careers. Dodger shortstop Rafael Furcal has 114 career hits and a .308 average in 88 career games against the Rox. Those hits rank third among all active players. James Loney has 60 career RBI against Colorado (5th among active players) and Matt Kemp has driven in 53 (10th).
END THE TREND – Despite reaching base three of four times last night and in four of his first five games, Dodger outfielder Andre Ethier is still looking for his first extra-base hit of 2011. The Dodgers have hit just one home run so far, the fewest of any team in the Major Leagues.
Friday Ted Lilly vs. Clayton Richard
Saturday Hiroki Kuroda vs. Dustin Moseley
Sunday TBD vs. Aaron Harang (NR, ---)