Dodgers at Rockies, August 27 2012: Game Time, Lineups, And Preview


Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies, 6.40 P.M. MT

The Rockies (51-75) lost yesterday 5-0 in a rain-shortened affair at Wrigley Field, but they have won 6 out of their last 8 games. Tonight they host a new-look Los Angeles Dodgers (69-59) with new additions Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett (0-0, 0.00 ERA) who makes his debut tonight. Beckett (with the Boston Red Sox) before the trade was 5-11 with a 5.23 ERA. In his last outing August 19 versus the New York Yankees, he went 6 innings with 4 earned runs in a 4-1 loss. Over his last 6 starts he is 0-4 with a 7.59 ERA with his last win being July 15. However he has dominated the Rockies. Though he has not pitched against them since Game 1 of the 2007 World Series, he is 5-1 overall with a 3.48 ERA.

Going to the mound tonight for the Rockies is Jeff Francis (4-4, 5.79 ERA). In his last start against the New York Mets on August 22, he went 5 innings with 5 hits and 1 ER but earned a no decision in a 5-2 Rockies victory. In his only start this season against the Dodgers on August 8, he went 4 innings with 3 ER in a 6-4 Rockies loss. His career record against the Dodgers at Coors Field is 2-3 with a 6.99 ERA.

The 3 most successful Rockies batters against the Dodgers this season have been Josh Rutledge (.444, 4 hits, 3 doubles, 3 RBI’s), Eric Young Jr (.429 (9-21) with a HR), and DJ LeMahieu (.357 (5-14) with 2 RBI’s and a stolen base. However, Young is on the 15-day DL and Rutledge is recovering from a quadriceps injury, and has been used only in pinch-hit duty in recent games. Therefore, other Rockies batters will need step up tonight and try to knock Beckett out of the game early before he can find a rhythm.

Rockies Lineup:

Tyler Colvin CF

Jordan Pacheco 1B

Carlos Gonzalez LF

Wilin Rosario C

Andrew Brown RF

Chris Nelson 3B

DJ LeMahieu 2B

Jonathan Herrera SS

Jeff Francis P

Dodgers Lineup:

Shane Victorino LF

Mark Ellis 2B

Matt Kemp CF

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Hanley Ramirez SS

Andre Ethier RF

Luis Cruz 3B

A.J. Ellis C

Josh Beckett P