Dodgers Host Rockies In A Battle Of Struggling Teams

It has been eight days since Jamey Carroll had a hit.

Chad Billingsley makes his second straight Memorial Day start, as the Dodgers open a three-game series with the Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Jason Hammel gets the call for Colorado. Including last year's Memorial Day start against Arizona, Billingsley has made 32 starts in the last calendar year. He has a 3.59 ERA with 184 strikeouts and 75 walks in 203 innings, but is just 9-13.

The Rockies have lost eight of their last 10 games overall, and eight of their last nine on the road. The Dodgers have been struggling in May with a 10-16 record, but the Rockies are just 8-19 during this month. In addition, the Dodgers have won 13 of their last 19 contests at home against Colorado, dating back to 2008. The Dodgers won five straight home series against the Rockies before dropping two of three last September.

Troy Tulowitzki was on fire that weekend, hitting three home runs as part of a stretch of 14 home runs in 15 games for the all-world shortstop. Tulo carried his hot streak into this season, and had seven home runs in his first 12 games. However, since then he has plummeted back to Earth, hitting .212/.265/.358 in his last 39 games. The Dodgers hope Tulo doesn't start hitting again until after the Rockies leave Los Angeles, and Tulowitzki's career .231/.290/.425 line at Dodger Stadium suggests that's just what Tulowitzki might do.

Notes

  • Tulowitzki is 7-for-25 with a double and a home run in his career off Billingsley, hitting .280/.333/.440
  • Jamey Carroll is hitless in his last 15 at-bats (with two walks), dating back to Sunday, May 22
  • Carlos Gonzalez has a nine-game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .314/.368/.600
  • Jason Hammel is 0-1 in three career starts at Dodger Stadium, though his ERA is 3.50. He allowed one run in a loss in 2009, two runs in an eventual Rockies' win last August, followed by giving up four runs in an eventual Dodger win in September

Game Time: 5:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

MLB Gameday

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