Rockies or Diamondbacks: Who would the Dodgers rather play?
By Kevin Henry
The numbers this season
Dodgers vs. Arizona – 8-11
Dodgers vs. Colorado – 9-10
Dodgers vs. Arizona in runs scored – 71-99
Dodgers vs. Colorado in runs scored – 88-89
Dodgers batting average vs. Arizona — .229
Dodgers batting average vs. Colorado – .261
Dodgers ERA vs. Arizona – 5.15
Dodgers ERA vs. Colorado – 4.39
Dodgers WHIP vs. Arizona – 1.34
Dodgers WHIP vs. Colorado – 1.34
Those statistics show that, overall, the Dodgers fared better this season against the Rockies than the Diamondbacks. So what does Los Angeles really want to see happen on Wednesday night?
I asked Howard Cole (@Howard_Cole), noted Dodgers fan, hater of Coors Field, baseball writer at Forbes and founding director of the @IBWAA, if he thought the Dodgers would want to come back to Coors in October. He had some interesting views.
"“Every Dodgers fan I know considers Coors Field a house of horrors, and not because of the Rockies. It goes back farther, but Matt Kemp was never the same after running into the center field wall in 2012. Essentially ruined his career, and it just seemed so unfair. “The long games, the football scores, the killing the bullpen for days after every series. And what Vin Scully always used to say, “no lead is safe.” We just hate it. Hate it, hate it, hate it! I wanted the Rockies sent to the AL West in realignment instead of Houston. But noooooo! “That said, we’ll take Colorado in the NLDS, thanks. I respect the hitters but no pitcher on your staff scares me. Not one. Arizona has five or six guys that scare me, and Robbie Ray in particular. Rox over DBacks, please!”"
I checked with our FanSided colleagues at Dodgers Way as well. In this article, their concluding statement, after pouring through the pluses of minuses of bother the Rockies and Diamondbacks was, “The Dbacks are better equipped to give Los Angeles a tough time in the NLDS and possibly pull off an upset.”
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So it sounds like Los Angeles would rather face Colorado in the NLDS, both in terms of statistics and fan preference. Hey, that’s OK with those of us here in Colorado, right?