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Know Your Foe #35: Rudderless Rockies Head to LA to Face Derelict Dodgers

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Los Angeles Dodgers (45-56 / 4th in the NL West / 13.5 GB)

Last Series vs. Rockies: June 9-12, 2011 (Split 2-2 at Coors Field)

This series was yet another one of the series in the Rockies' downfall after their screaming April. I mean, it was in June, and downfall began in May, and the Rockies had already lost another series to the Dodgers before that, and the Rockies were already spiraling, but this series was a Big Deal!

BIG. DEAL.

Game 1 was taken by the Rockies 9-7. The Rockies' 9 runs came on 11 hits, the Dodgers' 7 on 12 hits. Dee Gordon had 2 hits, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier had 3 apiece, and even Clayton Kershaw had 2 hits, scoring on both times on, eventually. Seriously though, Kershaw is batting .267 on the 2011 season. That's pretty decent for a pitcher. Carlos Gonzalez had 3 hits of his own, Nelson and Tulo dropped in a pair of hits. Great thing for the Rockies is that they posted 6 runs on Kershaw over his 6 innings, while Nicasio only succumbed to 4 over his 5 innings. Downside: Matt Reynolds was tagged for 3 runs in his inning of work. Upside: Scott Elbert allowed 2 and Josh Lindblom another in their innings.

Game 2 was the closest thing to a pitching duel out of this whole series, with the Rockies winning 6-5. Actually, it was a 6-0 game going into the 9th, where Matt Belisle and Huston Street combined to allow 5 runs (4 to Belisle, 1ER, 1 to Street). This was that game that wouldn't end, with the Nelson-to-Wigginton E5 that led to one of the more tense postgame interviews of the season between Marc Stout and Chris Nelson.

Game 3 was another bloodbath, with the Dodgers winning 11-7. 4 different Dodgers players had multi hit games, including 4 hits from Jamey Carroll and 4 from Aaron Miles. Yes, really. On the other side of the diamond, every Rockies batter reached base except for Jason Hammel and Johnny Herrera, and every Rockies batter had a hit excepting Hammel, Herrera, and Chris Iannetta. Ted Lilly actually pitched pretty well, allowing only 1 run in his 5 innings of work, but the bullpen allowed 6 runs to give the Rockies a fighting chance. Hammel wasn't much worse, going 5 and allowing 3 (2ER). Matt Reynolds' poor stretch continued, allowing another run. Clayton Mortensen allowed another 3 (1ER - it wasn't a good game for the defense), but the real goat was Matt Lindstrom, who let 4 Dodgers cross home plate on 4 hits.

Game 4, 3 hits apiece from Carroll, Loney, Uribe, and Barajas. I mean, hell, even Rubby De La Rosa had a hit. Cargo, Tulo, Smith, and Morales all had multi hit games. Ubaldo had one of "those" starts, allowing 2 earned runs over 5.1 innings - but 7 Dodgers crossed the plate.

Latest Series Results: W 2-1 vs. Washington; L 1-2 vs. San Francisco

Hey, so do you know who's awesome?


This Guy

#27 / Center Field / Los Angeles Dodgers

6-3

215

R

R

Sep 23, 1984


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2011 - Matt Kemp 101 364 61 113 20 2 24 73 48 93 27 3 .310 .390 .574



Maybe you didn't notice, but Matt Kemp is having a downright awesome season. He leads the majors in rWAR (Rally WAR, available on Baseball Reference) and is somewhere near the top at 4.7 fWAR (Fangraphs WAR). There's some difference there where the defensive metrics line up, but either way you slice it, Matt Kemp is having a downright awesome season. Which is pretty much the only awesome thing going on in Los Angeles.


Except For This Guy

#22 / Pitcher / Los Angeles Dodgers

6-3

215

L

L

Mar 19, 1988


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Clayton Kershaw 11-4 21 21 3 2 0 0 145.2 110 49 44 10 38 167 2.72 1.02


I may have mentioned Kershaw's seemingly adept handling of the bat, but he's pretty good throwing the ball as well. Kershaw's 167 punchouts lead the majors. His 2.62 xFIP is 2nd in the majors to Roy Halladay's 2.55, and his 10.32 K/9 is 2nd in the majors to Brandon Morrow.

Clayton Kershaw is really, really good. I secretly wish those "Kershaw for Johan Santana" rumors from back when had been somewhat true. Well, with our luck, Santana would've gone on in Minnesota form and Kershaw would've washed out of the Mets' system. But wait, maybe the Rockies could've landed him for Franklin Morales or something like that.

While we're dreaming, I'd like a pony.

Monday through Wednesday: 3-game series at Dodger Stadium featuring the Frank McCourt Parking Lots

Expected Pitching Matchups

Monday, July 25, 2011 @ 8:10 PM MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Juan Nicasio 4-2 10 10 0 0 0 0 58.0 58 26 25 7 14 42 3.88 1.24


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Rubby De La Rosa 3-4 11 8 0 0 0 1 50.2 46 22 21 4 23 49 3.73 1.36


Tuesday, July 26, 2011 @ 7:40 PM MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jhoulys Chacin 8-7 22 20 1 1 0 0 127.2 96 54 51 18 58 110 3.60 1.21


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Clayton Kershaw 11-4 21 21 3 2 0 0 145.2 110 49 44 10 38 167 2.72 1.02


Wednesday, July 27, 2011 @ 8:10 PM MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Aaron Cook 1-5 11 8 0 0 0 0 44.2 62 30 29 2 19 15 5.84 1.81


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Hiroki Kuroda 6-12 20 20 0 0 0 0 127.0 122 51 45 14 33 97 3.19 1.22


Expected Lineup

Name Position AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ HR R RBI SB WAR
Rafael Furcal SS .176 .240 .218 .213 29 1 11 10 3 -0.5
Aaron Miles 2B .307 .328 .370 .310 95 1 25 23 3 1.1
Andre Ethier RF .300 .371 .443 .354 125 9 46 44 0 2.5
Matt Kemp CF .308 .388 .575 .419 170 24 60 73 27 4.7
Juan Rivera LF .296 .345 .481 .362 131 1 4 1 0 0.2
James Loney 1B .263 .308 .336 .285 78 4 25 32 3 0
Juan Uribe 3B .204 .264 .293 .252 56 4 21 28 2 0.3
Rod Barajas C .210 .257 .364 .269 67 8 16 21 0 0.1

 

Bench

Name Position AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ HR R RBI SB WAR
Jamey Carroll 2B .285 .357 .353 .321 103 0 36 8 5 1.5
Dioner Navarro C .206 .273 .325 .260 61 3 8 11 0 0.1
Trent Oeltjen OF .250 .370 .417 .350 123 1 8 4 2 0.3
Eugenio Velez OF .000 .000 .000 .037 -92 0 1 0 1 -0.1

 

Closer


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Javy Guerra 2-0 23 0 0 0 7 0 22.2 21 5 5 0 6 18 1.99 1.19

 


Los Angeles Dodgers Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Casey Blake neck 07/03/2011
Vicente Padilla neck 05/14/2011
Jon Garland shoulder 06/02/2011
Jonathan Broxton elbow 05/04/2011

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Juan Uribe abdomen 07/24/2011