The Los Angeles Dodgers are on their longest losing streak of the season and without their best hitter again.
The Colorado Rockies are missing a big bat of their own, but Carlos Gonzalez is the driving force behind their surge.
Chris Capuano will try to quiet Gonzalez and the Rockies as the Dodgers attempt to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat in the opener of this three-game series at Coors Field on Friday night.
Los Angeles (32-19) owns the best record in baseball but has dropped six of eight after being swept in a four-game set by Milwaukee following Thursday's 6-2 defeat.
Getting back into the win column won't be easy with Matt Kemp sidelined again. The All-Star center fielder is expected to miss at least a month after he was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday. He re-injured his left hamstring Wednesday night while running the bases in his second game back from the disabled list.
"We were 9-5 without Matt the first time," said Tony Gwynn, who will see the bulk of the...