The Los Angeles Dodgers have three left-handers in their starting rotation with a combined record of 11-1. The Colorado Rockies are set to face one of them and will be hard-pressed to avoid a three-game sweep in Sunday’s series finale at Los Angeles. Ted Lilly is 9-2 in 13 career starts against Colorado, including a 7-6 victory on May 1 when he allowed two runs and four hits in six innings. It was the only time this season he allowed as many as two runs. About the only batter Lilly doesn’t want to face is Carlos Gonzalez, who has a remarkable five homers among his seven hits in 17 at-bats.
The Rockies are 2-7 in May and have scored an average of 3.0 runs on the road, worst in the National League, en route to a 5-9 record away from Denver. Colorado’s Alex White will make his 12th career start and pitched well in his first outing of the season, a 3-1 loss at San Diego last Sunday. However, he’ll face a much bigger challenge in the Dodgers, who have the best record in the major leagues at 22-11.
Rockies Dodgers Betting
When: 4:10 PM ET, Sunday, May 13, 2012
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
TV: 4:10 p.m. ET, ROOT Sports (Colorado), Prime Ticket (Los Angeles)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies RH Alex White (0-1, 2.84 ERA) vs. Dodgers LH Ted Lilly (4-0, 1.41)
White allowed two runs, six hits, walked two and struck out five in 6 1/3 innings against the Padres. With question marks littering the Rockies’ rotation, White could stick with the big club should he continue to perform. White was acquired from Cleveland in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade along with Drew Pomeranz, who was sent down to Triple-A Colorado Springs to work on his mechanics.
Lilly allowed one run and four hits in six innings in the Dodgers’ 9-1 victory over San Francisco on Monday in his last outing. He has allowed five earned runs in his five starts and has a batting average against of 1.56 with a 0.88 WHIP. The Rockies’ roster is hitting .224 against Lilly, with Troy Tulowitzki 4-for-29 and Dexter Fowler 3-for-22.
1. Tulowitzki is 5-for-28 (.179) with runners in scoring position after hitting .309 in those situations the past two seasons.
2. Los Angeles’ Kenley Jansen, who has taken over the closer’s role from Javy Guerra, has three saves in four chances and has struck out 30 in 18 2/3 innings.
3. The Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hasn’t homered in 10 games since hitting 12 in his first 23 games.