I’ll be the first to admit that when Justin Morneau tripled off the center field wall in the bottom of the eighth last night to tie the score at 2-2, I feared for the worst. The Dodger bats couldn’t do anything off of Franklin Morales and I wasn’t sure the offense could get anything going after that. I was scared the bullpen would blow the game in the ninth either way. I guess I worry a lot.
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Dodgers Lineup @ Colorado-Game two
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Fortunately Kemp, Uribe, and Kenley had a different plan for that night. The Dodgers were able to pull out the win. Today on America’s birthday the Dodgers will look to take the series win behind their ace Clayton Kershaw. Remember it’s just un-American if you don’t root for the Dodgers.
Not liking Kershaw is also un-American. How could you not? I mean the guy wins cy young awards and builds orphanages. I was able to effectively take out the trash the other night. I guess we all have different levels of accomplishments.
But Kershaw is like a love like woaaaaa. He has a 24 consecutive scoreless innings streak that is starting to turn heads. Kershaw shut out the Cardinals in his last start. He hasn’t allowed a run since June 13, and may not again. He’s been dynamo. On the season he is 9-2, with a 2.04 ERA. He has 107 whiffs and just 11 walks allowed. He’s already beaten Colorado at Coors back on June 8, with five frames of one run ball and nine whiffs. And of course the no-hitter on June 18 at Dodger Stadium.
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Kershaw is 12-5 with a 3.33 ERA against Colorado in his career. In those 25 games he’s whiffed 170, and thrown two shutouts. One came in Coors Field last season. At Coors Field Kershaw has had his struggles like many other pitchers have. He’s 6-3 with a 5.03 ERA there.
Colorado is hitting just .209 against Kershaw, with three home runs, and a .538 OPS against.
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Colorado will be countering with newly acquired Jair Jurrjens. The 28-year old right hander was with the Red’s organization before he was recently traded to the Rockies. Colorado’s starting rotation is in shambles right now. They have several guys out with injury.
Jurrjens spent time with the Braves, Tigers and Orioles, but has only pitched in two games since 2013 because of injury. He had Tommy John surgery in 2012, and this is his first start in 13 months. He’s 3-2 against the Dodgers with a 3.99 ERA in seven starts. Hanley is batting .318 with three home runs, and Ethier is hitting .462 (6 for 13) against Jurrjens. The Dodgers are hitting .364 with six home runs off of Jurrjens.
The Dodgers will also be wearing a special stars and stripes hat for the fourth. The Dodgers along with all the other MLB teams will be wearing a commemorative patch recognizing Lou Gehrig’s “luckiest man on the face of the Earth” speech.
But you know who’s the luckiest readers on the face of the Earth? You guys. We consider ourselves the luckiest writers on the face of the internet for having you all here.
But we won’t need much luck today, since we have Kershaw on the mound. Hopefully the Dodger bats will provide some fireworks, and Kershaw’s left arm as well.
A Dodger win is a win for America! Happy B-day USA!
Game Time- 5:10 PM
Go Blue! Go America! Happy Fourth everybody!