09/15/10 6:55 PM ET
Rockies hit the road with series in Los Angeles
By John Schlegel / MLB.com
The bad news, some might suggest, is that now the Rockies head out on the road, where they've been 29-42 thus far, as they begin a crucial swing through Los Angeles and Arizona.
Jim Tracy isn't buying that it's bad news. Not at all.
In fact, the Rockies' manager bristles at the very suggestion the Rockies have not been a good road team this season.
"I take exception sitting here and listening to the interpretation that we're such a horrible, horrific club on the road," Tracy said Wednesday. "I don't agree with that. We haven't hit on the road like we have here at Coors Field."
With uber-ace Ubaldo Jimenez making another bid for his 19th win of the season against the Dodgers' Hiroki Kuroda, the Rockies enter the road trip having won their last three on the road.
"You get the impression that people think, 'All you have to do is get them out of that building and they'll fold like a sheet of paper.' That's not the case and I take offense to that, because that's not how we play," Tracy said.
Tracy points out that the Rockies have been involved in 52 one-run games and 25 more decided by two, and that with Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez delivering offense time after time, some of those that were losses earlier in the season might not be down the stretch, regardless of venue.
Jimenez is coming off a pretty solid start Saturday, allowing just one run and six hits over six innings, but taking the no-decision. He needs seven strikeouts to tie for third on the Rockies' all-time list for K's in a season (193). And he also needs one quality start to tie his own Rockies record for most in a year (24 in 2009).
As for the Dodgers, a few players to watch right include first baseman James Loney, who's hitting .303 (10-for-33) in 14 games this month to lead the club, and infielder Jamey Carroll, who's next at .286 (8-for-28), though he's battling a sore wrist and likely won't start the series opener.
Meanwhile, late-season acquisition Jay Gibbons has been hitting the ball well. He leads the team in September with three homers and nine RBIs.
"This time of year, you're looking for somebody to get your attention," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "A guy like Jay Gibbons, you take a closer look."
Rockies: CarGo keeps delivering
Gonzalez leads the Majors with a .472 (27-for-57) batting average in September. He's had nine hits in the last four games, giving him 53 multi-hit games (third in the NL) and he leads the league with 21 games with at least three hits. ... The Rockies are now 154-108 (.588) since Tracy took over as manager last May.
Dodgers: Kuroda in control
Kuroda sparkled in his last outing, allowing one run in six innings last Friday in Houston but not factoring in the decision in a game the Dodgers won in 11 innings. It was his 19th quality start of the season, and he has posted a 2.57 ERA in 11 second-half starts. He's 0-3 with a 6.55 ERA in six career starts against the Rockies, although he had the best start of his career against Colorado on Aug. 18 at Dodger Stadium, striking out seven and allowing two runs over seven innings in a no-decision. ... Batters are 11-for-79 against lefty reliever Hong-Chih Kuo with runners on base.
The Rockies are now 33-17 in day games, tops in the NL. After a Friday night opener, both Saturday and Sunday are under the sun in Southern California. ... The Dodgers are the only NL West team against which the Rockies have a losing record, going 5-7 thus far while going 34-25 overall against the division. They meet again Sept. 27-29.
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