Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Hiroki Kuroda doesn't like Coors
By Andrew Marchand
Hiroki Kuroda, who is 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA this season, has a career ERA of 6.85 at Coors.
Against the surprisingly good Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night, Hiroki Kuroda will be pitching in ballpark in which he is not exactly himself. Coors Field can turn a Cy Young Award winner into a BP pitcher, so it is not unusual for starters to struggle in Denver.
In his time with the Dodgers, Kuroda made four starts in Denver and had a 1-2 record with a 6.85 ERA. The Rockies had a .305 batting average in those games and got on base 35 percent of the time.
This season, Kuroda has been one of the best pitchers in baseball. He enters 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA. He continues to show an amazing ability to right himself mid-game, which is very rare.
The current Rockies don't have a lot of at-bats against Kuroda. Carlos Gonzalez is a .400 hitter in 15 at bats. Yorvit Torrealba has three hits in 10 at-bats. Everyone else is under .300, but it is a limited sample size.
The Rockies are 18-13, a half-game worse than the Yankees.
QUESTION: If Game 1 of the playoffs were tonight, would you want Kuroda or CC Sabathia on the mound?