Dodgers-Rockies Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated June 01, 2012
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 playing time in center field in Kemp's absence. Kemp's presence will be especially missed in Colorado (21-29), where he's hitting .400 with four homers and 10 RBIs in his last 11 visits. The Rockies are missing a productive bat of their own in All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who went on the DL Thursday because of a strained left groin. Tulowitzki was hitting .389 with four homers and 11 RBIs in nine games before getting hurt. "I don't think it's anything structurally bad. However, he's very sore and very tender," manager Jim Tracy said. Gonzalez is doing more than his share to pick up the slack, hitting .447 with seven homers and 14 RBIs in 11 games. He's 13 for 22 while connecting for six home runs and driving in 10 in the past five. That's a big reason why Colorado is on a season-high four-game winning streak, which continued with Thursday's 11-5 victory over Houston. Gonzalez had three hits, including a double and three-run homer, tying a record by homering in four consecutive plate appearances. "I don't play for records. Records just happen," he said. "I'm happy I'm part of a record, but at the same time I'm not thinking about anything else. The only record I look for is our team record." Gonzalez has a .435 average with 10 homers and 28 RBIs in 33 career home games against the Dodgers, who will send Chris Capuano (7-1, 2.14 ERA) to the mound. Capuano is one win shy of tying Philadelphia's Cole Hamels and Lance Lynn of St. Louis for the major league lead. The left-hander has won his last two starts, yielding two runs and six hits with 13 strikeouts in 13 innings. He beat the Rockies on May 11, allowing one run and four hits in seven innings of a 7-3 win. Capuano, however, is 0-3 with a 4.58 ERA in his last three starts at Coors Field. The Rockies will give Josh Outman (0-1, 9.64) his first start against the Dodgers as he tries to make a case for a spot in the rotation after Jamie Moyer was designated for assignment Wednesday. Outman's pitch count will be limited to around 50 in his first start since a loss with Oakland against Texas on Sept. 11. The southpaw went 8-7 with a 3.78 ERA in 25 career starts with the A's.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cubs trade for Chapman a risk, but potential payoff too hard to ignore

White Sox fan wears a fantastic taped-up Chris Sale jersey

Wisconsin kicker will wear 27 to honor Nebraska's Sam Foltz

Dennis Schroder wears disguise to play in German streetball tournament

Browns indicate they will give Josh Gordon another chance

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Prince Fielder to undergo season-ending neck surgery

Eagles want Carson Wentz to be 'starter ready' Week 1

Report: 49ers concerned Anthony Davis will quit again

Did Manning hurt NFLPA's case in HGH investigations?

Report: Steinbrenner won't allow fire sale, wants to make playoffs

Report: Dion Waiters agrees to one-year deal with Heat

Dion Waiters' deal signals the end of the 2016 money grab

Tom Jackson could leave ESPN after almost three decades

Cavs sign coach Tyronn Lue to a five-year extension

More than 10,000 people registered for Jaguars Pokemon Go night

NFL issues new concussion protocol

Angels listening to offers on Hector Santiago

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

Kevin Durant’s OKC restaurant will be closed, rebranded

Lamar Odom said to be held back by one 'toxic friend'

Mario Balotelli crashes Liverpool fans' wedding

Michael Vick: I used to feel I was 'dominating too much'

WATCH: Astros, Rangers minor leaguers get into brawl

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker