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Kuroda In Search Of A Good Start Against Rockies

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The Dodgers look to extend their winning ways against the Rockies, as they have won 22 of their last 29 against Colorado. Hiroki Kuroda looks to get back into the win column.

It's not that Kuroda has been pitching that poorly. Over his last eight starts, he has averaged under six innings per start (5.83) but he has 36 strikeouts against just 10 walks, and his ERA is 4.05. For his efforts, Kuroda is 1-6 in those eight starts. The only game he won, Kuroda pitched eight shutout innings, in a close 2-0 affair. The Dodgers have scored a grand total of 16 runs in those eight games.

That said, Kuroda has never in his career had a good start against the Rockies.

Date IP H R ER BB K Dec
4/25/08 6.0 9 5 5 2 2 W 8-7
7/23/08 6.0 9 5 5 1 4 L 3-5
8/19/08 6.0 6 4 4 1 3 L 3-8
5/7/10 5.1 9 5 4 5 3 W 6-5
5/29/10 4.0 10 7 5 1 1 L 3-11
Totals 27.1 43 26 23 10 13 0-3, 7.57 ERA

Jason Hammel gets the start for the Rockies, with his "I'm better than this" 4.42 ERA. Hammel has a strikeout-to-walk-ratio of better than three to one, the 22nd best mark in baseball (Kuroda is 25th). His peripherals are very similar home and away (3.30 FIP, 3.68 xFIP at home, 3.63 FIP, 3.85 xFIP away), but his raw splits are rather remarkable. At the high altitude of Coors Field, Hammel is 6-1 with a 3.36 ERA, but on the road he is 2-6 with a 5.64 ERA.

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Game Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket, ESPN

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