Coors Field has been an offensive haven for more than two decades, but so far in 2016 the Dodgers have yet to bear much fruit for their labor. They try to bounce back on Tuesday night in the middle game of their three-game series in Denver.
This season the Dodgers are 3-4 in Colorado, but have been outscored 47-31, including Monday night’s 8-1 drubbing.
In each of the previous three seasons, the Dodgers averaged over six runs per game at Coors Field, averaging 6.29 runs per game from 2013-2015. They scored at least six runs in a game in Denver six times in 2013, six times in 2014, and five times in 2015.
So far this year, the Dodgers have scored six runs just once in Colorado — a 12-10 comeback win on May 24.
Six seems to be the pivotal number for the Dodgers in Denver since the start of 2013. When they score six or more runs on the road against the Rockies, the are 14-4. When they score five or fewer runs, the Dodgers are 4-13.
The Dodgers would take offense of any kind at the moment, after scoring just 10 total runs in their last six games.
The other number to watch for the Dodgers is five, as in innings from their starting pitchers. The club has averaged just 4.88 innings per start in the 54 games since Clayton Kershaw last pitched (June 26), though there has been some more stability of late with at least five innings in each of the last seven games.
Dating back to June 27, when a Dodgers starting pitcher throws at least five innings, the club is 25-13. When they don’t last five innings the Dodgers are 7-9.
Rich Hill pitched six scoreless innings in his Dodgers debut, last Wednesday against the Giants, and excluding his 5-pitch blister start on July 17 Hill has lasted six or more innings in 10 of his last 11 outings.
Time: 5:40 p.m. PT
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