The Biggest Challenge of the Year (thus far)

How good was Clayton Kershaw against the Rockies in 2014?  Folks, we better hope that they are not the same team as last year, because this is about as dominating as I have ever seen (and of course it includes a no-hitter).

Games   PA   AB    H   R  BB  K     BA      OBP  OPS   BABIP

3              73     71    5    1     1    32    .070  .083    .196  .105

 

I mean I know that Kershaw is good. I know he did the whole no hit thing. But WOW!  Oh, and at Coors (which of course is not where they get to hit on Friday):

Games    PA  AB    H   R   BB  K     BA    OBP   OPS   BABIP

2               45   43     5   1      1    17     .113   .136   .322   .166

 

When you are striking out batters at nearly 44% of plate appearances?  And 38% at Coors?  That may not be the most dominating performance of a pitcher against a team in history, but it cannot be all that far from that level.  If this is the 2014 Rox, we should find out a lot on Friday.  Look they don’t have to beat Kershaw on Friday (though we would like that of course). But they have to make him work for it. Not lie down and get run over.  If we see Kershaw hitting close to 100 pitches in the 6th, well, then this is a team that compete all season long (not necessarily a playoff team, but a team that fights every night).

Guess we will know a lot more by Saturday morning.

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Gary
Gary
5 years ago

Hope to get one-be great to steal another for series win.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

If Arizona can beat Madison Bumgarner last night at AT&T Park, we have a chance tonight. I love seeing the Giants go 0-4 to start the year at home and push them to the bottom of the standings. The bigger challenge is continuing to win road games at close to .500 winning rate, not .100 rate. 21-60 last year. Make it 38-43 or better this year. The real tests begin in mid-May when the altitude effect start grabbing a hold… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago

I can’t tell you who I despise more, Yankees or Dodgers, but da Bums are starting to nose out the Stinkees now that the Evil Empire is falling back into the pack and since LA started printing their own money. Kershaw? Good pitcher, kinda like Halladay was a few years back but his no-no last year was basically against the Sky Sox. And when pundits talk about the Coors Field factor blah, blah, blah lets not forget how we should… Read more »

jaredean
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jaredean
5 years ago

I love that we have so many games in a row against the NL West right at the beginning. That is the PERFECT situation because we don’t have the Coors Effect on the road yet. I think the beginning is setup if we take advantage to actually play meaningful games in the end.

Cameo
Cameo
5 years ago

I think this could be a huge series for the Rockies confidence and momentum wise. Everything is setting up for the Dodgers to sweep the Rockies. Pitching matchups are heavily favored to the Dodgers, especially the first 2 games. Dodgers are playing well, Adrian Gonzalez is on a tear, tough series for the Rox. If the Rox can get one I will be happy, if they can get 2 will be great. And if somehow they could get 2 of… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Kershaw will be motivated tonight after the beatdown the DBacks gave him. We need to stay close and work his pitch count. The Dodgers are vulnerable in the Pen, at least until Kenley Jansen gets back (mid-May). If we can get to their Pen for the 8th and 9th innings only down 2 runs, we have a chance.

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