Series preview: Rockies at Dodgers

April, 25, 2014
Apr 25
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have played an odd schedule, considering they’ve already faced one team in their division, the Arizona Diamondbacks, eight times and have yet to meet another, the Colorado Rockies.

That changes this weekend.

Colorado, which beat the Dodgers in 10 out of 19 games last season, is doing its usual thing, scoring a lot of runs and allowing a lot of runs. The Rockies lead the majors with 126 runs scored, which is great -- except that only 37 of those have been scored away from Coors Field. Rockies pitchers have a 4.21 ERA.

The Dodgers haven’t scored more than eight runs in a game yet this season, while the Rockies have scored nine runs or more six times. Colorado’s hottest hitter, Charlie Blackmon, is also the National League’s hottest hitter. He’s batting .410 with an 1.146 OPS. Justin Morneau is tied for third in the National League in RBIs, with 17.

Jordan Lyles (3-0, 3.04 ERA), one of the players the Rockies got from the Houston Astros last winter for Dexter Fowler, starts Friday night against the Dodgers, who counter with Josh Beckett (0-0, 2.57); Juan Nicasio (2-0, 4.30) pitches Saturday for Colorado, while Paul Maholm (0-2, 5.60) goes for the Dodgers; Jorge De La Rosa (1-3, 6.38) opposes Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1, 2.12) on Sunday.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Yasiel Puig
BA HR RBI R
.300 15 66 84
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Gonzalez 25
RBIA. Gonzalez 111
RD. Gordon 90
OPSY. Puig .873
WC. Kershaw 20
ERAC. Kershaw 1.80
SOC. Kershaw 228