April 25, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Juan Nicasio (44) throws a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning of the first game of a doubleheader at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Rockies Line-up, April 30 2012


The Rockies get their first look at Matt Kemp and N.L. West leading Los Angeles Dodgers tonight. L.A. comes in with a 16-6 record good for best in the National League and tied with the Rangers for best in all of Baseball. Largely led by Matt Kemp who is leading all of baseball with a .425 average and 11 home runs and is tied for the N.L. lead with teammate Andre Either with 24 RBI. Aaron Harang will get the start for the Dodgers and has struggled this season going 1-1 with a 5.16 ERA while giving up at least 3 runs in each of his 4 starts. Harang will be making his sixth career start at Coors Field and carries a 2-1 record with a 6.08 ERA in his career, including giving up 7 runs over 4 1/3 innings last season while a member of the Padres. Juan Nicasio will get his fifth start of 2012, he comes in with a 1-0 record and a 4.76 ERA. Nicasio is 0-1 with a 7.59 in his career against the Dodgers, but is 5-1 in his career at Coors Field.

Michael Cuddyer gets a day off today and is replace by Tyler Colvin, Cuddyer has been in a small slump batting .167 (5-30) since fouling a ball off his toe. Jonny Herrera gets the start at 3B and Dexter Fowler moves back to the eighth spot for tonight’s game. Carlos Gonzalez is in his familiar third spot in the order and comes into the game a career 4-8 with a home run against Harang.

Marco Scutaro 2B
Jonathan Herrera 3B
Carlos Gonzalez LF
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Todd Helton 1B
Ramon Hernandez C
Tyler Colvin RF
Dexter Fowler CF
Juan Nicasio P

Andre Either and Matt Kemp have both had success in the past against Nicasio as Either is 4-6 and Kemp is 3-6 against Juan, with both having a home run to their credit. Former Rockies second baseman Mark Ellis gets the start tonight, full Dodger’s line-up as follows:

Dee Gordon SS
Mark Ellis 2B
Matt Kemp CF
Andre Ethier RF
James Loney 1B
Juan Uribe 3B
Tony Gwynn, Jr. LF
A.J. Ellis C
Aaron Harang P