How can you tell that the Rockies haven't been very good over the last few years? How about the fact that I voted for two of their outfielders (Hawpe and Holliday) in the all-star balloting today. Now way would I vote for any Giants. Period. But if these guys continue to produce, I'm sure I can work up some animosity.
This series is a big one, with the Dodgers able to pull even with the Rockies if they take 2 out of 3. They did that in Denver, but they couldn't get past B-H Kim in that series, despite having him on the ropes in the first. The Dodgers have the longest winning streak in MLB (4 games) right now, but not having Nomar in the lineup threatens that. Little seems so intent on not messing with Drew and Kent that he's letting Saenz bat third against a right handed pitcher. Is he reading Olmedo's splits backwards? By MLB's count, Saenz has an OPS of 1.345 (in 19 at bats) against lefties and an OPS of .762 (in 47 at bats) against righties. So we want more at bats against lefties, Grady. Lefties. I would guess that it is Kim-specific, but it's not like he hasn't done this before. Saenz' last 5 starts have been against righties.
Regardless, this should be a good one. I'm hoping Nomar gets to pinch hit.
The Pitching Matchup:
Byung-Hyun Kim (RHP, Rockies) vs. Jae Seo (RHP, Dodgers)
For the (25-19) Colorado Rockies:
Byung-Hyun Kim, P
For your (24-20) Los Angeles Dodgers: