Dodgers @ Rockies June 7, 2014: Still Terrified Of Coors

Photo by Daniel Brim
Photo by Daniel Brim

I know the Dodgers won last night in Coors Field, and that’s great. It really, really is. This team needs wins wherever they can find them, especially since San Francisco doesn’t ever seem to lose, and I’m especially pleased that Matt Kemp‘s dumb base running mistake was merely an unfortunate sideshow that raised the worst instinct of impatient fans rather than anything that cost the Dodgers a ballgame.

That’s all well and good, but I still can’t shake the feeling of dread that occurs every time the Dodgers venture into this place (which, I should add, is apparently gorgeous and very high on my personal “to-do” list of stadiums to visit). This is the stadium that tried to break Kemp. It’s the stadium that tried to kill Yasiel Puig. I’m never comfortable when the Dodgers are there.

Dodgers
Rockies
1:10pm PT
Denver, CO
2B
Gordon
RF
Blackmon
SS
Ramirez
CF
Stubbs
RF
Puig
LF
Dickerson
1B
Gonzalez
SS
Tulowitzki
LF
Kemp
1B
Morneau
CF
Ethier
C
McKenry
3B
Turner
3B
Wheeler
C
Federowicz
2B
Rutledge
P
Greinke (R)
P
Chacin (R)

But, there they are, and if there’s good news, it’s that the Rockies are absolutely and completely falling apart. Walt Weiss‘ team was once 26-20 and just two games behind the Giants. Now, losers of eight straight and 10 of 11, the Rockies are four games under and 11.5 games back.

Part of that is due to injury — Carlos Gonzalez is on the DL, as usual, but so also are Boone Logan, Jordan Lyles, Tyler Chatwood and Brett Anderson — but it’s also due to the biggest regression this side of Dee Gordon. Charlie Blackmon hit an unbelievable .374/.418/.616 in April; he’s at a much more believable .252/.297/.420 since. Troy Tulowitzki has merely been very good as opposed to “unbelievably outstanding,” which goes for most of the lineup as well. Along with league-worst May pitching, the season is getting late early for the Rockies.

Of course, if there’s any team that can snap them out of that, it’s the Dodgers. It’s Zack Greinke‘s job to make sure they don’t.

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