So the all-righty loser lineup laid another egg for the Dodgers on Friday afternoon. The Dodger’s 2-1 loss to Colorado rookie Kyle Freeland was a truly pathetic performance. Hyun-jin Ryu and the bullpen did all they could to keep the boys in blue in the game, but there was no way that awful lineup was ever going to put runs on the board. The Dodger’s management should be embarrassed by what they did. Not playing Corey Seager, and Adrian Gonzalez was a really stupid move. It’s the fifth game of the season nobody needs a day-off right now.
When you remove all of your best hitters and replace them with Mendoza line hitting utility guys that couldn’t hit their way out of a paper bag, then it’s no surprise when you lose. For the Dodgers the solution is the problem. The regulars can hit left handers, but the bench guys can’t hit anyone. Stop putting out terrible lineups against left handers. It’s super infuriating. There are a string of left handers coming up on the last leg of this trip. So expect a stack of losses. Don’t say I didn’t warn you when Kike is batting lead-off again and Franklin Gutierrez is in the cleanup spot.
Dodgers @ Colorado
Today's Dodger lineup at Rockies:
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Game Time – 5:10 PM – TV- SNLA
In the second game of the series the Dodgers will face a right hander, and Clayton Kershaw is on the mound so they should win. We should also see the regular lineup on the field. Kershaw is coming off of his opening day victory against San Diego in which he pitched 7 innings of two-run ball.
Kershaw has always pitched extremely well against the Rockies. I’m not just talking about the no-hitter back in 2014. He’s always befuddled Colorado hitters. Overall Kershaw is 18-5 with a 3.08 ERA in 32 career starts against the Rockies. He’s limited the Colorado bats to a .218 batting average against, and has struck out 223 in just over 201 innings pitched. At Coors Field he is 8-3 with a 4.67 ERA in 17 starts and has one shutout there. Kershaw has struck out 9.1 per nine innings at Coors Field.
Kershaw vs. Colorado
The Rockies will counter with big right hander Jon Gray. Mr. Gray struggled in his opening start this season. Gray may be one of the better pitchers you have never heard of. The 25-year old finished with a 10-10 record last season and posted a 4.61 ERA in 168 frames. However he did whiff 185 and walk 59. The advanced metrics agree that he pitched better than his numbers showed. His FIP was 3.60 and he finished with 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings. He only allowed 18 home runs all year which is pretty damn good considering he pitches half of his games at Coors Field. Can the Dodgers hit his blazing fastball today? Gray is 2-3 with a 4.11 ERA in 6 career starts against the Dodgers. However he has struck out 46 in 30.2 innings pitched. Here’s how the Dodger bats have fared against him in the past. Corey Seager is 5 for 10 against Gray.
Gray vs. Dodgers
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First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 PM. That’s a nice change of pace from these early afternoon games we’ve had for the last two days. I’ll actually be able to watch this one.