Dodgers @ Rockies April 23, 2016: Kenta Maeda’s first taste of Coors

The Dodgers are back at it trying to make up for last night’s loss in Colorado. This time, Kenta Maeda gets his first look at Coors Field.

Dodgers
Rockies
5:10 p.m. PT
Denver, Colo.
2B
Utley
SS
Story
SS
Seager
RF
Gonzalez
RF
Puig
3B
Arenado
1B
Gonzalez
CF
Parra
3B
Kendrick
LF
Raburn
LF
Hernandez
1B
Paulsen
CF
Pederson
C
Wolters
C
Ellis
P
Chatwood (R)
P
Maeda (R)
2B
LaMahieu

Maeda has been really good in his first three outings, but tonight will be his biggest test to date. His fastball and changeup should be fine in the thin air of Colorado, but his slider and curveball could be impacted. He’s throwing his slider 30.1 and his curveball 16.1 percent of the time, which is almost half of his arsenal that could be limited. He is getting 27.8 percent swinging strikes with his slider, and while his changeup has a 17.9 percent whiff rate, that works out to just five of 28 (#SSS). The fastball and curveball are 4.3 and 3.8 percent whiff pitches, respectively. We’ll see how Maeda deals with that.

Justin Turner is getting the night off after a less-than-ideal start to the 2016 season (.246/.323/.351, 88 wRC+). Word is he has a bruised toe, but he could use a day off regardless. In his place, Howie Kendrick is getting his second start at third base of the season. Yasiel Puig moves up into the third spot, and Yasmani Grandal is getting the night off playing five of the last six games. While I understand he needs a night off, it’s tough going from his bat to A.J. Ellis‘.

Injury/Roster News

Yimi Garcia came out of last night’s game with a sore right biceps. He didn’t have an MRI because the medical staff said he didn’t need one (OK?), but he is going on the disabled list.

Scott Kazmir has a left thumb issue and went just five innings last night. Because of that, the Dodgers have recalled Zach Lee to be a long reliever for tonight’s game. He probably won’t be up here for too long.

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RBaez34-OFF-2727OFF
RBlanton28-OFF13-19OFF
LDayton3-OFF16-12OFF
RFields--OFF-910OFF
RJansen-18OFF21--OFF
RStripling10-OFF-2018OFF
LWood--OFF-32-OFF

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.