The Dodgers open a weekend series at Coors Field on Friday night, the first of two straight weekend matchups against the Rockies. Hiroki Kuroda starts for the Dodgers in the opener, looking for some run support.
Kuroda has had seven starts this season in which he has allowed zero runs. The only two pitchers in baseball with more starts giving up no runs are Clayton Kershaw and Cliff Lee, with eight each. In those games, Kuroda is 6-0 and the Dodgers have won all seven contests.
In Kuroda's 17 other starts, he has a 4.32 ERA. Below average, yes, but not terrible. Kuroda has averaged exactly six innings per start in those games. The Dodgers are 2-15 in those games, and Kuroda himself is 2-14. The Dodgers have scored 51 runs in Kuroda's 24 starts with him in the game, an average of 2.13 per start.
Kuroda has made three career starts at Coors Field, and has given up five earned runs in each game, for a total of 17 runs (15 earned) in just over 16 innings, with two home runs, three walks, and 11 strikeouts. Kuroda has never beaten the Rockies in nine career starts (he is 0-5, though the Dodgers have won three of the nine games).
Jason Hammel has a 7.23 ERA in eight starts since the beginning of July with 22 walks and 25 strikeouts in 42 innings. He has allowed exactly six runs in each of his last three starts at Coors Field. He has faced the Dodgers three times this season and has allowed 14 runs (13 earned) in just under 15 innings, with eight walks and four strikeouts.
Andre Ethier sits.
- James Loney has hit two of his five home runs this season at Coors Field, hitting .360/.385/.640 in six games. In his career, Loney has eight home runs and 49 RBI in 43 games in Colorado, hitting .325/.376/.558.
- Matt Kemp has five home runs in his last eight games at Coors Field.
Troy Tulowitzki has 19 multi-hit games in the 34 games since the All-Star break, hitting .402/.462/.701 during that span with 14 doubles and eight home runs.
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Game Time: 5:40 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket