The Dodgers had to come from behind to defeat the Rockies 12-10 in a wild game on Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of lead changes, blown holds, and a lot of runs gave us a pretty typical Coors Field type game. The bullpen is still pretty bad and Kenley Jansen is still really good. Playing at Coors Field is like playing on the moon. The Dodgers will now return home to play at sea level. The boys in blue will open a seven game home stand on Monday evening. They’ll start with four games against the Miami Marlins before the Padres come into town for a three game set. I am sure they are all glad to be back on planet Earth. The Dodgers are 12-7 after a successful road trip and remain 2.5 games ahead in the NL West.
Carl Crawford and Louis Coleman are scheduled to rejoin the club. Crawford is coming off the disabled and a successful rehab assignment with Oklahoma City. He played at OKC and did not get hurt for several days. Baby steps. Coleman was on the bereavement list after his grandfather passed away. This probably means Trayce Thompson, and Luis Avilan get the axe, but we’ll see. In the meantime the Dodgers are swinging the bats very well. Justin Turner is also scheduled to return to the lineup after suffering a bruised toe when Colorado catcher Tony Wolters stepped on it while trying to throw out a runner stealing second base.
The fish coming into Dodger Stadium means the return of former manager Don Mattingly to his old stomping grounds. This is the first time we have seen him since he was canned last winter. I wonder how miserable he is in Miami? Not only will we see Mattingly, we’ll also get to see former Dodger keystone Dee Gordon. I still think it’s bizarre seeing both of them in those ugly Marlin uniforms.
Dodgers Lineup vs. Miami-TBA
Game Time – 7:10 PM TV- SNLA
The Marlins are terrible again as usual. They’ve gotten off to a 6-11 start even after beating the Giants last night. After winning the batting title and leading the National league in hits and stolen bases, Gordon has a .271/.292/.357 slash line with 3 steals in 72 plate appearances.
The Fish will send 30-year old Taiwanese left hander Wei-Yin Chen to the mound to counter Ross Stripling. Of course with a lefty on the mound we are bound to see one of those whacky all righty lineups.
Chen is entering his fifth MLB season. Last year he was 11-8 with a 3.34 ERA over 191.1 innings pitched for Baltimore. This season he is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in three starts for the Marlins. Chen is known for his excellent control. He has a career 2.2 walks per nine rate and has allowed just three free passes this season. The Marlins inked him to a two-year 28 million dollar contract in the offseason.
Chen has only faced the Dodgers once. In that start he won by allowing one earned runs on three hits across six innings pitched. He uncharacteristically walked four in that game. He’s never pitched at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are hitting just .190 (4 for 21) against Chen in very limited plate appearances. Oddly enough, Charlie Culberson has hit a home run against him.
Chen vs. Dodgers
The Dodgers will give the ball to Ross Stripling. The 26-year old rookie is coming off his worst start of the season. He didn’t last long in Atlanta. Stripling has a 2.65 ERA in three starts and has struck out 13 against seven walks in 17 innings pitched. He has yet to allow a home run and has yet to earn his first MLB win.
This should be an interesting series. We’ll be able to see Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton, and we’ll get to make fun of Donnie Baseball. Speaking of Stanton, he’s gotten off to a slow start. He’s batting just .193 (11 for 57) and has hit only three home runs. Here’s a fun game to play, every time Donnie makes a double switch you have to take a drink. Every time he bunts a runner from second to third you must also drink. Just do it!
It’s Clayton Kershaw bobblehead night as well. Welcome home boys!