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Dodgers get to hit at Coors Field, too

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We talked about the Dodgers pitchers facing a tough test heading into the weekend at Coors Field, but the flip side is that their hitters get three games to hit as well, beginning Friday night against the Rockies in Denver.

The Dodgers have averaged 6.29 runs per game in Colorado since the beginning of 2013, scoring six runs or more in 17 of 28 games (60.7 percent). As a group, the Dodgers hit .314/.382/.489 at Coors Field from 2013-2015.

In those 17 games of six runs or more, the Dodgers were 13-4, but just 2-9 in the other games.

Perhaps the better cutoff is seven runs. When the Dodgers scored seven runs at Coors in the last three years, they are 12-1, but 3-12 with six or fewer runs.

Adrian Gonzalez is a career .310/.382/.559 hitter at Coors Field, with 18 home runs in 76 games. Last year he hit .407 (11-for-27) with a home run and six doubles.

Chase Utley has hit .356/.396/.611 with 13 doubles, seven home runs and two triples in 36 games in Denver, driving in 42 runs there.

Justin Turner has hit .367/.426/.531 in 17 games at Coors Field, including 15-for-38 (.395) with five doubles and a home run since joining the Dodgers.

Howie Kendrick has hit .375/.432/.450 with one home run in 10 games in Colorado.

Joc Pederson in his 11 career games in Denver has hit .242/.419/.667, and hit home runs in four consecutive games in Coors last June, also recognized as the convenient end to the "before slump" portion of Pederson's 2015 season.

Only three current Rockies have faced Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir in their careers. Ryan Raburn, starting in left field, is 3-for-18 (.167) with a triple and a double against him, with seven strikeouts. Carlos Gonzalez is 0-for-5 with three strikeouts, but those at-bats came in 2008.

Brandon Barnes isn't starting Friday, but is 1-for-4 with a home run against Kazmir.