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2011 Colorado Rockies Game #3: Clayton Kershaw vs. Jhoulys Chacin

Jhoulys Chacin will finally get to wear a real Rockies jersey on the field tonight
Jhoulys Chacin will finally get to wear a real Rockies jersey on the field tonight

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Los Angeles Dodgers
@ Colorado Rockies

Tuesday, Apr 5, 2011, 6:40 PM MDT
Coors Field

Clayton Kershaw vs Jhoulys Chacin

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 10-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

Game #3: Clayton Kershaw vs. Jhoulys Chacin

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It is about time the Rockies get on the field for their third game. By the time Jhoulys Chacin throws his first pitch tonight, every MLB will have played or starting playing their fourth game of the season. Meanwhile, Rockies fans have only seen two games for their team.

Tonight's match features young familiar foes. Budding superstar Clayton Kershaw goes for the Dodgers. He is just 23, but the Rockies have already faced him an MLB high 14 times, 7 times at Coors Field. Five of those fourteen came in 2010 - all Dodgers wins.

Clayton Kershaw

#22 / Pitcher / Los Angeles Dodgers





Mar 19, 1988

Chacin is no stranger to Los Angeles either, as he was the only Rockies starter to pitch in all six 2010 series vs. the Dodgers. The Rockies won three of those. Two of the three losses came against....Clayton Kershaw of course.

Jhoulys Chacin

#45 / Pitcher / Colorado Rockies





Jan 07, 1988

While the two are no mystery to the opposing team, there is no guarantee the hitters will find success against them with more familiarity. While Jhoulys earned a 2.87 ERA vs the Dodgers in 2010, he was at his best at the end of the season: Chacin allowed just 3 ER combined in his last three starts (1.35 ERA) vs. the Dodgers in 2010. Kershaw, meanwhile, has improved his control well enough that a team can now longer run him out of the game with patience by the sixth inning.

I'm jealous of everyone in Colorado today. This should be a gem. Line-ups and such after the jump.


Los Angeles Dodgers @ Colorado Rockies

04/05/11 6:40 PM MDT

Los Angeles Dodgers Colorado Rockies
Rafael Furcal - SS Dexter Fowler - CF
Tony Gwynn Jr. - LF Ryan Spilborghs - RF
Andre Ethier - RF Carlos Gonzalez - LF
Matt Kemp - CF Troy Tulowitzki - SS
James Loney - 1B Jose Lopez - 2B
Juan Uribe - 3B Todd Helton - 1B
Rod Barajas - C Ty Wigginton - 3B
Jamey Carroll - 2B Chris Iannetta - C
Clayton Kershaw - P Jhoulys Chacin - P

Just for fun, here are the two pitchers against their opponents in their careers, only against batters with 10+ PA.

vs. Chacin AB HR BA OBP
Matt Kemp 17 1 .176 .263
James Loney 15 0 .333 .421
Jamey Carroll 11 0 .182 .250
Andre Ethier 10 0 .500 .583

Additionally, Juan Uribe is 0-for-9 with a walk.

vs Kershaw AB HR BA OBP
Ryan Spilborghs 27 2 .222 .364
Troy Tulowitzki 27 0 .185 .290
Dexter Fowler 19 0 .368 .478
Todd Helton 21 1 .238 .238
Chris Iannetta 15 0 .267 .389
Carlos Gonzalez 12 0 .167 .333
Ian Stewart 10 0 .300 .300