Know Your Foe #18: Kempless Dodgers Stumble Blindly into Coors

HOW DOES ME BAT

Last time the Dodgers came to Coors Field, they dropped 2 of 3 games and gave Rockies fans all sorts of hope that 2012 might not be terribly awful. Since then, they got even better, to the point where even after a 4-game sweep by the Milwaukee Brewers, the Dodgers STILL have the best record in baseball. That's a bit scary. Then again, their pitching is very good. Still, 4 game sweep.

Eric Stephen of True Blue LA had this to say about the sweep:

To recap the series, the Dodgers scored all of eight runs in four games, they got swept in a four-game series at home for the first time in 19 years, and to a team that was 19-28 entering Monday. And to top that all off, the Dodgers lost their best player for a month.

Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?

But fear not, Rockies fans, for the ghosts of the Blake Street Bombers still haunt the plate in Coors Field, and the Rockies are swinging with the best of them right now. Over the past 14 days, the Dodgers are posting a park adjusted 116 wRC+ (meaning they are batting 16% better than the MLB average) and the Rockies a 114 wRC+.

The upside for Colorado is that Matt Kemp is out for the next 4 weeks with continued hamstring injury. The downside is that Colorado is losing Troy Tulowitzki for a 15 day DL stint.

But Dodger bats have been making up for the loss of their MVP candidate. Over those same 14 days, Andre Ethier (194 wRC+), Bobby Abreu (201 wRC+), AJ Ellis (138 wRC+), and Jerry Hairston Jr. (232 wRC+) have been making up for lost offensive production. Their pitching has been far from shabby as well, led by Chris Capuano's 1.38 ERA, as well as competent (if not downright good) pitching from Clayton Kershaw, Aaron Harang, and Chad Billingsley. Luckily, the Rockies will be missing Kershaw in this upcoming series, but we will be seeing Capuano, Harang, and Nathan Eovaldi.

This could be a good opportunity for the Rockies to utilize some momentum against the Dodgers' negative momentum and see if we can maybe make some ground up in the NL West. I'm not entirely counting on it, but there's no reason why we can't take 2 of 3 games in this series.

Expected Matchups:

6/1/2012, 6:40PM MT: Josh Outman vs Chris Capuano

6/2/2012, 2:10PM MT: Juan Nicasio vs Aaron Harang

6/3/2012, 1:10PM MT: Alex White vs Nathan Eovaldi


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Jerry Hairston Jr. 26 75 4 28 5 1 1 7 7 5 1 1 .373 .447 .507
Matt Kemp 36 121 30 43 6 1 12 28 21 30 2 3 .355 .444 .719
Ivan De Jesus 10 17 4 6 2 0 0 3 2 4 0 0 .353 .400 .471
Andre Ethier 50 188 27 61 17 1 9 44 15 44 0 1 .324 .381 .569
Bobby Abreu 24 66 12 21 5 1 0 7 13 18 1 0 .318 .430 .424
A.J. Ellis 41 136 18 43 7 1 5 23 26 32 0 0 .316 .429 .493
Elian Herrera 15 51 8 16 3 0 0 4 7 15 1 0 .314 .397 .373
Matt Treanor 10 31 5 9 1 1 2 5 3 5 0 0 .290 .333 .581
Tony Gwynn Jr. 48 122 14 34 4 2 0 14 7 21 5 3 .279 .318 .344
Mark Ellis 37 132 27 36 4 1 2 9 18 18 3 0 .273 .373 .364
James Loney 50 156 13 39 11 0 2 16 17 22 0 2 .250 .324 .359
Juan Uribe 25 80 8 20 4 0 1 10 5 15 0 1 .250 .302 .338
Juan Rivera 25 81 9 20 3 0 2 13 4 4 0 2 .247 .276 .358
Dee Gordon 46 177 20 40 6 0 1 10 11 36 14 5 .226 .268 .277
Adam Kennedy 40 74 10 16 3 1 0 6 12 18 0 0 .216 .318 .284
Justin Sellers 19 44 6 9 3 1 1 2 5 14 0 0 .205 .286 .386
Jerry Sands 8 20 2 4 2 0 0 1 1 8 0 0 .200 .238 .300
Clayton Kershaw 11 21 1 4 1 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 .190 .227 .238
Scott Van Slyke 15 26 2 4 1 0 1 6 1 8 1 0 .154 .185 .308
Chad Billingsley 11 20 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 10 0 0 .150 .150 .150
Chris Capuano 11 15 1 2 1 0 0 2 1 9 0 0 .133 .188 .200
Ted Lilly 8 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 .067 .125 .067
Aaron Harang 10 21 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 10 0 0 .048 .048 .048
Nathan Eovaldi 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jamey Wright 18 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Javy Guerra 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Mike MacDougal 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Kenley Jansen 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Josh Lindblom 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Matt Guerrier 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Ronald Belisario 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Todd Coffey 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Scott Elbert 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Alex Castellanos 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1.000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Ronald Belisario 0-0 12 0 0 0 0 0 11.1 7 2 2 0 7 10 1.59 1.24
Josh Lindblom 2-0 23 0 0 0 0 1 25.1 17 6 6 4 9 24 2.13 1.03
Chris Capuano 7-1 11 10 0 0 0 0 63.0 42 16 15 5 21 58 2.14 1.00
Kenley Jansen 4-0 24 0 0 0 6 3 24.2 13 6 6 3 10 38 2.19 .93
Clayton Kershaw 4-3 11 11 1 1 0 0 74.1 55 22 20 6 19 64 2.42 1.00
Nathan Eovaldi 0-1 1 1 0 0 0 0 7.0 4 2 2 1 1 4 2.57 .71
Matt Guerrier 0-1 7 0 0 0 0 0 6.2 3 2 2 0 5 4 2.70 1.20
Javy Guerra 2-3 26 0 0 0 8 3 23.2 24 8 8 0 9 20 3.04 1.39
Ted Lilly 5-1 8 8 0 0 0 0 48.2 36 23 17 3 19 31 3.14 1.13
Scott Elbert 0-0 21 0 0 0 0 0 14.0 17 6 6 2 3 16 3.86 1.43
Chad Billingsley 2-4 11 11 0 0 0 0 61.2 64 34 28 7 25 60 4.09 1.44
Aaron Harang 3-3 10 10 0 0 0 0 58.2 59 30 27 6 21 50 4.14 1.36
Jamey Wright 2-2 18 0 0 0 0 0 21.2 16 10 10 1 12 25 4.15 1.29
Todd Coffey 1-0 12 0 0 0 0 0 10.0 13 9 8 1 7 9 7.20 2.00
Mike MacDougal 0-0 7 0 0 0 0 0 5.2 9 5 5 0 6 4 7.94 2.65


Los Angeles Dodgers Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ted Lilly shoulder 05/24/2012
Matt Kemp hamstring 05/31/2012

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Rubby De La Rosa elbow 02/23/2012
Blake Hawksworth elbow 03/27/2012

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