||Rich Harden||vs.||Hiroki Kuroda
|*5-1, 1.77, 89 K, 30 BB, 71 IP
||2008||9-10, 3.73, 116 K, 42 BB, 183.1 IP
|1-2, 6.43, 5 K, 7 BB, 7 IP
|*NL stats only
Our very own Rob G. will be in the stands at tonight's game. Be sure to look for him on the broadcast.
Thoughts on Hiroki Kuroda from "Blue Notes," the L.A. Times blog about the Dodgers:
...when the Japanese import is on, dude typically gets into a serious, sometimes unhittable groove. But he's often the Bizarro-version of that pitcher after the first bit of trouble, more often than not tossing himself further into trouble than figuring a way out of it.
In two starts against the Cubs this year, Kuroda has pitched 15 1/3 innings and allowed one earned run. In other words, we really haven't come across that "first bit of trouble" part.
How the Cubs and their NLDS opponents stacked up in a variety of statistical categories. (Team's National League rankings appear in parens; "DER" refers to Defensive Efficiency Ratio and "RZR" refers to Revised Zone Rating. Throughout, * means stats are through Saturday, 9/27. )
| 800 (1st)
Here's another interesting set of numbers—the performance of the Dodgers offense before and after the acqusition of Manny Ramirez: