Dodgers Look To Draw First Blood From Rockies

Jerry Sands looks to improve the Dodgers' putrid production at first base.

The Dodgers welcome the Colorado Rockies to town, looking for more success in Los Angeles against their Mountain Time Zone foes.

The Dodgers have won four consecutive home series against Colorado, including a three-game sweep in May earlier this year, and have won 10 of their last 13 matchups at Dodger Stadium. Dating back to 2009, the Dodgers have won nine of 10 home series against Colorado and are 21-9 in their last 30 home games against the Rockies.

With Jerry Sands now on the roster, presumably to take over first base, here's a look at just how bad the Dodgers have been offensively at first base this season. Among 30 major league teams, Dodgers first basemen rank...

  • 28th in OPS (.654)
  • 28th in OPS+ (70)
  • 29th in wOBA (.275)
  • 29th in wRC+ (71)
  • 27th in on-base percentage (.299)
  • 27th in slugging percentage (.355)
  • 16th in batting average (.252)
  • 26th in total bases (149)
  • tied for 24th in RBI (48)
  • 28th in runs scored (39)

Those shoes are as easy to fill as it gets.

Sands won't be the only new first baseman in this series, as the Rockies announced earlier Monday that Todd Helton would undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right hip. The first baseman is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Monday's Pitching Matchup

Chris Capuano has lost four of his last five starts, and has allowed 23 runs in 29 innings during that span. Capuano allowed one run in seven innings in a win over Colorado on May 11 at Dodger Stadium, but lost on June 1 at Coors Field as he allowed seven runs in 5 1/3 innings.

The Rockies have lost each of Drew Pomeranz's last four starts, as the left-hander has allowed 18 runs in 17 1/3 innings during that span. Pomeranz allowed just one run in 6 2/3 innings against the Dodgers on May 2 in his longest outing of the season.

Colorado starting pitchers since the All-Star break have a 7.56 ERA in 21 games, averaging 4.37 innings per start. The Rockies bullpen, which has averaged 4.59 innings per game during that span, has a 5.51 ERA since the break.

Game Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

MLB Gameday

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