Aug 31, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Major League Baseball productioins interviews Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Edinson Volquez (30) before the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Streaking Dodgers Go For Rocky Mountain Sweep Behind Sideways Hat Wearing Volquez, Magic Number 12

Dodgers Lineup @ Colorado

Hairston 5
Punto 4
Hanley 6
Young 3
Van Slyke 9
A.J. Ellis 2
Uribe 5
Schumaker 8
Volquez 1

*This is the lineup you roll out when you are 13.5 games ahead, with a magic number of 12. This is the 13.5 games ahead lineup*

Edinson Volquez-9-10 vs. Jorge De La Rosa-15-6

 

Thank god this is the final game at Coors Field in 2013. Goodbye Coors Field you temperamental bitch. Sorry guys, but I say that in a Sigorney Weaver at the end of Aliens kind of way. Charlie Culberson sure has a heart of gold though. Sing it with me guys….Charlie Culbersons’ got a heart of gooooold. You guys like Neil Diamond? That’s Neail Diamond right? Well it was the converted infielder’s dropped fly ball last night in the top of the ninth, that gave the Dodgers three gift insurance runs that helped the Boys in Blue to a 7-4 win. We should make Culberson an Honerary Dodger for that error last night. It was quite costly for Colorado considering they scored a run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.  Congrats to Withrow on his first save by the way. Ricky Nolasco continued on his path of impressing the crap out of us, with another strong performance, and Nick Punto, and Carl Crawford provided the offense with seven hits. Hey if Colorado wants to hand us an easy win, then we’ll take it to the bank thank you very much. It means another series win for the Dodgers, who are now 83-55 and 13.5 games ahead of Arizona in the NL West. The Dodger’s magic number is 12 with 24 to play.

August 30, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Edinson Volquez (30) pitches during the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

We’re not sure if Yasiel Puig is going to play tonight, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Dodgers give him an extra day with an off-day tomorrow, before the club heads into Cincinnati for a three game series starting on Friday night. Puig still has a strained right knee. The injury isn’t serious, and the Dodgers said Pug could have pinch-hit last night if he was needed. I would expect for Puig to play in Cincy on Friday. Do expect for the lineup to be a getaway day type of lineup. Crawford and Andre Ethier are expected to be resting, and so might Adrian Gonzalez. I would assume Hanley will be back in the lineup, but we’ll see. Remember the Dodgers are 13.5 up, and are now concentrating on getting guys rest and preparing for the playoffs. We really otta be making our postseason ticket reservations right about now.

So this huge lead is what is allowing for tonight’s match-up. The huge lead is the reason the Dodgers can start Edison Volquez tonight, giving the rest of the rotation an extra day of rest. Why not right? The Dodgers are saying screw it. I mean they have a huge lead, they’ve already won the series anyways. So why not just send Volquez out for a start, even though he has horrendous numbers against Colorado at Coors Field. Because if you were to look at his 1-4 record, and 8.39 ERA at Coors, or his career, 3-7 mark, and 7.71 ERA versus Colorado you would probably not be happy. Try not to look at the fact that he is 0-4 versus the Rockies in 2013. Try not to look at the Rockie’s numbers against Mr. Sideways hat wearer. It will make you want to kick a puppy. Not that you would do that or anything. Alright that was just a bad analogy there. Cargo is batting like .564 against Volquez so good thing he’s all banged up with a finger injury. Maybe he won’t play?

Jorge De La Rosa-Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

 

                       

  PA

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

Dexter Fowler

26

22

8

1

1

1

2

4

5

.364

.462

.636

Carlos Gonzalez

21

19

10

3

2

0

6

2

4

.526

.571

.895

Wilin Rosario

20

18

8

1

0

2

9

2

2

.444

.500

.833

Todd Helton

15

13

5

2

0

0

4

2

3

.385

.467

.538

Jordan Pacheco

15

11

3

1

0

0

1

4

0

.273

.467

.364

Michael Cuddyer

13

10

3

0

0

0

0

3

4

.300

.462

.300

Troy Tulowitzki

12

10

2

1

0

0

3

1

2

.200

.333

.300

DJ LeMahieu

10

7

2

1

0

1

1

3

1

.286

.500

.857

Jhoulys Chacin

9

9

1

0

0

0

0

0

3

.111

.111

.111

Jonathan Herrera

9

5

3

0

0

0

2

2

0

.600

.714

.600

Nolan Arenado

8

8

3

0

0

0

1

0

0

.375

.375

.375

Corey Dickerson

6

5

3

2

0

0

1

1

0

.600

.667

1.000

Josh Rutledge

6

5

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

.400

.500

.400

Yorvit Torrealba

4

4

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

.250

.250

.250

Ryan Wheeler

4

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

.250

.250

.250

Charlie Blackmon

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

Tyler Chatwood

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.500

.667

.500

Jorge De La Rosa

3

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

.333

.333

.333

Total

187

158

57

12

3

4

31

26

31

.361

.454

.551

Left hander Jorge De La Rosa will counter for Colorado. The 32 year old Mexican lefty has been the club’s de facto ace this season. He is 15-6 with a 3.33 ERA, but not many whiffs, (108), and 58 walks. But only 10 dingers allowed in 28 starts. De La Rosa has won six straight decisions, and hasn’t lost since August 3. De La Rosa is 1-1 against the Dodgers this year, losing on April 30, but beating them on June 2. That win on June 2 was his first ever against the Dodgers. The left hander is 1-8 with a 6.28 ERA in 11 starts versus the Dodgers. De La Rosa is 34-12 all time at Coors Field. De La Rosa is a fastball, Changeup, slider guy with a Curve. The Dodgers are batting .282 off of De La Rosa. Adrian Gonzalez is the main agitator, hitting .375 with three home runs and nine runs driven in versus De La Rosa.

PA

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG
Adrian Gonzalez

38

32

12

2

0

3

9

5

12

.375

.447

.719

Juan Uribe

26

22

6

0

0

0

0

3

8

.273

.385

.273

Hanley Ramirez

22

18

7

4

0

1

3

4

4

.389

.500

.778

Andre Ethier

19

19

3

1

0

0

1

0

6

.158

.158

.211

Nick Punto

19

17

8

1

0

0

1

1

0

.471

.500

.529

Jerry Hairston

13

10

2

0

0

0

1

2

2

.200

.385

.200

Mark Ellis

8

7

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.143

.250

.143

Skip Schumaker

6

6

3

1

0

0

2

0

1

.500

.500

.667

Michael Young

6

5

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

.000

.167

.000

A.J. Ellis

4

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

.000

.250

.000

Tim Federowicz

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

.000

.000

.000

Clayton Kershaw

3

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.333

.333

.333

Scott Van Slyke

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

.000

Edinson Volquez

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

Chris Capuano

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

.000

Carl Crawford

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

.000

Hyun-jin Ryu

2

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.500

.500

.500

Total

179

156

44

9

0

4

18

18

42

.282

.362

.417

 Minor Notes

The Dodgers have won six in a row, and this is the fourth six game winning streak the Dodgers have had since the run began in June. The longest streak was the ten game streak last month.

The Dodgers may want to play Adrian Gonzalez, as he has clobbered Jorge De La Rosa in the past to a tune of a .375 (12 for 32) average, with a .1.166 OPS and three home runs.

Edison Volquez has lost four decisions to Colorado this year, including back-to-back starts from April 7-13. He has issued 26 walks to Colorado.

Cargo is batting .564 (10 for 19) against Volquez with two triples, three doubles, and six runs driven in.

Carl Crawford has been red-hot of late. The often rusty left fielder has 10 hits in his last 17 at-bats, with three doubles, including three hits last night. He has 12 multi-hit games since August 1st.

The magic number is 12, 12!!! Wouldn’t it be so cool if Volquez like pitched a shutout or something? The good vibes would just keep on rolling. What was it that Lucas said? Rick Honeycutt could look like a genius. Stacie calls him the pitcher whisperer. And if he fixes Volquez, then he really is. Everybody would start turning their hats sideways. A sideways hat trend would sweep Southern California as Volquez mania takes over twitter. But wouldn’t that be so cool??? Too bad Volquez and his hat are going to get lit up like a Christmas tree. Oh well, as long as nobody else gets hurt today is all that matters. I want the Dodgers to win, but this is the last game at Coors Field this year, and I just want the Dodgers to get out in one piece. We have a 13.5 game lead so we can do these things dag nabbit.

Catch the game at 5:40 PM on KCAL 9. With the blackout lifted we can all finally just watch Dodger Baseball on our tubes as god intended us to do. We’ve got postgame, jokes, and bronto burgers after the game. Go Blue.

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Tags: A.J. Ellis Adrian Gonzalez Andre Ethier Carl Crawford Don Mattingly Edinson Volquez Hanley Ramirez Jorge De La Rosa Juan Uribe Los Angeles Dodgers Mark Ellis Nick Punto Yasiel Puig

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