Dodgers Inside Pitch - June 19

Jason Schmidt sat in the Dodgers' dugout looking like a man in deep thought. He had just been removed from Saturday's game against the Angels and was facing his fourth loss of the season after surrendering three runs in the fifth inning. Schmidt looked like someone trying to come up with answers as to how his season had become such a disaster. He couldn't come up with any.

"Whatever it is, I don't know yet," Schmidt said after Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Angels. "It could be mechanical, it could be anything. It is what it's been since the beginning of the year and I'll just keep going with it."
It wasn't always like this. Schmidt won his first start of the season, though it was in less-than-impressive fashion. He lasted just five innings, holding the Milwaukee Brewers to one run in the Dodgers' third game of the season.
Schmidt pitched a total of six innings in his next two starts -- both losses -- and wound up on the disabled list with bursitis in his right shoulder.
Schmidt's return to the rotation brought renewed hope. He pitched six scoreless innings against the San Diego Padres while allowing one hit. He hasn't reached the five-inning mark in his two starts -- both losses -- since.
The Dodgers have decided to intensify their search for answers. Dodgers manager Grady Little said, on Saturday, that they would continue to send Schmidt out to the mound. By Sunday, Little said that he was undecided if Schmidt would make his next scheduled start (Thursday in Toronto) or if Schmidt would even be on the Monday-morning flight to Canada.
If Schmidt does not make his start, the Dodgers could go with right-handed pitcher Brett Tomko or left-handed pitcher Mark Hendrickson, who both spent time in the starting rotation this season. However, their ineffectiveness as starters is what put them back into the bullpen.
"I feel fine out there," Schmidt said. "That's the crazy thing about it."
The Dodgers' indecision could be an indication of possible medical problems. Schmidt spent seven weeks on the disabled list earlier this season and has had past surgeries to repair his rotator cuff and labrum.
"(Saturday) was encouraging at times and he showed better stuff, but it's still not him at 100 percent," pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said. "He had better arm speed, he had better command of his changeup but there still are times when the ball doesn't come out, command-wise.
"It takes a certain arm strength to throw all of your pitches, (and) there are still certain pitches that he's not comfortable throwing. Basically, it's his slider and his curveball. He's not using those as much as he probably would under normal circumstances. We're not seeing Jason Schmidt. We're seeing part of him." In this case, however, part of Jason Schmidt is not enough.

Notes and Quotes
--C Russell Martin was scratched from Sunday's starting lineup with a stiff neck. The day off, coupled with Monday's travel day, will give him time to rest. He is expected to play Tuesday in Toronto, his first trip to his native Canada since becoming a big-leaguer.
--RHP Derek Lowe will get six days of rest between last Friday's start and his next one. Dodgers manager Grady Little is juggling his rotation in order to separate the two left-handed pitchers (Randy Wolf and Hong-Chih Kuo). "We're using the time to give Lowe a break with his arm," Little said. --RHP Takashi Saito has converted 43 of his first 46 career save opportunities, becoming the second player in major league history to do that (Eric Gagne).
--RHP Chad Billingsley pitched two scoreless innings on Saturday, pushing his scoreless streak to 12 innings (seven games). Billingsley is 3-0 with a 1.11 ERA since April 29 (15 games). --3B Wilson Betemit has walked 24 times in 137 plate appearances this season, which equates to one walk for every 5.7 at-bats. Dodgers third basemen have walked 26 times this season, tops in the NL.

BY THE NUMBERS: 341 –-The number of consecutive games in which Juan Pierre has played, the second-longest streak in the majors, behind Baltimore's Miguel Tejada.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Martin is better at it than (Johnny) Roseboro. And Martin is doing it against better-throwing catchers." –- Dodgers' legendary base stealer Maury Wills, on catcher Russell Martin's career-high 11 stolen bases.

Medical Watch
C Russell Martin (stiff neck) missed the June 17 game, but is expected to play on June 19.
RHP Yhency Brazoban (strained right shoulder) went on the disabled list on June 1. He cut short a throwing session June 15 and was scheduled to see a doctor June 18.
RHP Chin-hui Tsao (strained right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list on May 23. He is expected to begin throwing during the week of June 11.
UT Marlon Anderson (right elbow irritation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 5. He had surgery to remove bone chips on May 11. He began a rehab assignment with Class AAA Las Vegas on June 7. OF Jason Repko (torn left hamstring) had surgery on March 28 and is expected to be out for the season.


Player Stats

HITTERS

Tony Abreu	 BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game      1.000    1     1     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games   .182    22     3     4     2     0     0     1     0
Season         .270    74    11    20    10     0     0     6     0

Wilson Betemit	 BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game      .000     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games   .273    22     3     6     0     0     2     4     0
Season         .204   113    16    23     5     0     7    19     0

Andre Ethier	 BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game     1.000     1     1     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games   .273    11     2     3     0     0     0     1     0
Season         .266   203    21    54    11     1     5    28     0

Rafael Furcal	 BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game      .400     5     2     2     0     0     1     1     0
Last 7 Games   .222    27     5     6     0     2     1     2     0
Season         .285   242    31    69    13     3     1    25     7

Nomar G'parra	 BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game      .750     4     0     3     1     0     0     3     0
Last 7 Games   .286    21     1     6     1     0     0     3     1
Season         .279   247    19    69    12     0     1    37     2

Luis Gonzalez	 BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game      .000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games   .250    24     4     6     5     0     0     7     0
Season         .284   225    34    64    15     1     8    30     3

Matt Kemp	 BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game      .333     3     0     1     0     0     0     0     1
Last 7 Games   .529    17     4     9     0     0     1     3     2
Season         .429    35     7    15     1     0     1     6     2

Jeff Kent	 BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game      .000     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games   .200    20     2     4     1     0     0     0     0
Season         .254   228    35    58    16     0     9    33     1

Mike Lieberthal	 BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game      .250     4     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games   .214    14     1     3     1     0     0     0     0
Season         .219    32     2     7     1     0     0     1     0

James Loney	 BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game      .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games   .333    15     1     5     1     0     1     4     0
Season         .333    15     1     5     1     0     1     4     0

Russell Martin	 BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game      .333     3     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games   .167    24     2     4     0     0     0     1     2
Season         .288   229    40    66    14     1     7    41    11

Juan Pierre	 BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game      .200     5     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games   .320    25     2     8     0     1     0     1     1
Season         .278   281    36    78     8     3     0    14    20

Olmedo Saenz	 BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game     1.000     1     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games   .333     6     1     2     0     0     1     3     0
Season         .222    54     7    12     3     0     3    10     0

   PITCHERS

Joe Beimel         ERA    W-L   Sv    G     IP    H    ER   HR   BB   K
Last Game         0.00    0-0    0    1    1      1     0    0    0   0
Last 7 Games      3.38    0-0    0    3    2.2    4     1    0    0   2
Season            3.45    1-1    1   34   28.2   23    11    0   10  12

Chad Billingsley   ERA    W-L   Sv    G     IP    H    ER   HR   BB   K
Last Game         0.00    0-0    0    1      2    1     0    0    1   1
Last 7 Games      0.00    0-0    0    3    4.2    2     0    0    2   4
Season            3.09    4-0    0   23     35   29    12    1   13  40

Jonathan Broxton   ERA    W-L   Sv    G     IP    H   ER    HR   BB   K
Last Game         0.00    0-0    0    1      1    0    0     0    0   3
Last 7 Games      0.00    0-0    0    3      3    0    0     0    0   7
Season            3.63    2-2    1   35   34.2   30   14     0   15  45

Mark Hendrickson   ERA    W-L   Sv    G     IP    H   ER    HR   BB   K
Last Game        13.50    0-0    0    1    0.2    2    1     0    1   0
Last 7 Games      9.64    0-0    0    3    4.2    7    5     1    4   6
Season            4.60    2-3    0   14   58.2   60   30     9   19  45

Hong-Chih Kuo      ERA    W-L   Sv    G     IP    H   ER    HR   BB   K
Last Game         1.29    1-0    0    1      7    5    1     0    1   4
Last 7 Games      2.04    1-1    0    3   17.2   13    4     0    7  15
Season            3.60    1-1    0    5     20   19    8     0    8  15

Derek Lowe         ERA    W-L   Sv    G     IP    H   ER    HR   BB   K
Last Game         1.29    1-0     0   1      7    4    1     0    1  11
Last 7 Games      2.28    2-1    0    3   23.2   11    6     3    2  20
Season            3.08    7-6    0   15  102.1   87   35     5   31  72

Brad Penny         ERA    W-L   Sv    G    IP     H    ER   HR   BB   K
Last Game         1.29    1-0    0    1     7     7     1    0    0   7
Last 7 Games      2.61    1-0    0    3  20.2    21     6    2    2  18
Season            2.18    8-1    0   14  90.2    81    22    2   25  61

Takashi Saito      ERA    W-L   Sv    G    IP     H    ER   HR   BB   K
Last Game         0.00    0-0    1    1     1     2     0    0    0   1
Last 7 Games      0.00    0-0    3    3     3     2     0    0    0   5
Season            1.61    1-0   19   27    28    19     5    4    3  35

Jason Schmidt      ERA    W-L   Sv    G    IP     H    ER   HR   BB   K
Last Game         5.79    0-1    0    1   4.2     5     3    0    4   2
Last 7 Games      5.52    0-2    0    3  14.2    15     9    1    9   9
Season            6.31    1-4    0    6  25.2    32    18    4   14  22

Rudy Seanez        ERA    W-L   Sv    G    IP     H    ER   HR   BB   K
Last Game        40.50    0-0    0    1   0.2     3     3    0    1   1
Last 7 Games     13.50    0-0    0          2     5     3    0    1   3
Season            3.66    3-1    0   28    32    37    13    3    9  32

Brett Tomko	    ERA   W-L   Sv    G    IP     H    ER   HR   BB   K 
Last Game        10.80    0-0    0    1   1.2     4     2    1    0   2
Last 7 Games      4.91    0-0    0    3   3.2     4     2    1    0   3
Season            5.50    1-5    0   18  55.2    65    34    7   20  49

Chin-hui Tsao      ERA    W-L   Sv    G    IP     H    ER   HR   BB   K
Last Game         0.00    0-0    0    1   0.1     0     0    0    1   0
Last 7 Games      2.25    0-0    0    3     4     6     1    0    1   5
Season            3.00    0-1    0   15    18    12     6    0    6  15

Randy Wolf         ERA    W-L   Sv    G    IP     H    ER   HR   BB   K
Last Game         7.20    0-1    0    1     5     7     4    0    3   1
Last 7 Games      6.75    1-2    0    3    16    24    12    0    6  10
Season            4.24    8-5    0   15    87    91    41    7   27  84

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