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Last night the Dodgers held the Rockies 7-9 hitters to a double and a walk in 12 plate appearances, and that has been par for the course this season for the Dodgers. They have really handled the bottom of the order all season.

Dodger Pitchers Against Bottom Of Batting Order
Split PA BA/OBP/SLG OPS sOPS+
Batting 7th 518 .221/.294/.310 .604 72
1st in NL
NL Totals 8299 .256/.318/.389 .708

Batting 8th 505 .214/.296/.309 .605 76
2nd in NL
NL Totals 8046 .246/.323/.364 .684

Batting 9th 487 .163/.211/.219 .429 57
2nd in NL
NL Totals 7783 .180/.230/.254 .484

Per Baseball-Reference.com, sOPS+ is defined as the OPS for a given split, relative to the league-wide numbers, where 100 is average. The Dodgers are at or near the best in the National League against each spot in the batting order, seven through nine. Combined, there has been no better team in the National League at getting the bottom of the order out, as the 7-9 spots are hitting .200/.269/.280 against the Dodgers. By contrast, Dodger 7-9 batters are hitting .258/.339/.338.

In case you were wondering, Dodgers' 1-6 batters are hitting .260/.326/.404 while Dodger pitchers are allowing opposing 1-6 batters to hit .266/.338/.412. In all, NL 1-6 batters are hitting .261/.329/.412.

Chad Billingsley hasn't pitched since last Saturday because of tightness in his right calf. He picked up his 10th victory of the season a week ago tonight against the Reds, marking the fourth straight double-digit win season for Billingsley, who hasn't faced the Rockies yet this season. He has given up three runs or less in each of his last six starts against Colorado, dating back to 2007.

Jhoulys Chacin has made three of his 15 career starts against the Dodgers. On May 8, he held the Dodgers scoreless in 7 1/3 innings, but in two starts since has given up a total of nine runs in 10 1/3 innings against them. In his last start, he struck out nine in 7 2/3 scoreless innings against Arizona on Sunday. Chacin, who was option to Triple A at the end of last month, has not pitched at Coors Field since July 11, a relief appearance against the Padres.

In six plate appearances against Chacin this season, Andre Ethier has three singles, a double, a walk, and a double play.

On this date in 1945, Branch Rickey told Jackie Robinson he was chosen to be the first African-American to play in MLB.

The third annual PITCHf/x summit was held today in San Francisco, and among the many developments being worked on is FIELDf/x, which could revolutionize the way defense is measured. If you are so inclined, for instance, to find out how one run is worth $350,000, you can download any of the presentations here.

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