Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers: 3 things to watch this week

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 01: DJ LeMahieu #9 of the Colorado Rockies catches Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in a double play at second base in the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on July 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 01: DJ LeMahieu #9 of the Colorado Rockies catches Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in a double play at second base in the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on July 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 07: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on during a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on July 7, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 07: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on during a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on July 7, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

There are a pair of key Dodgers who are in a slump. However, you know the thinking on the Dodgers side of things here (as echoed by our friends at Dodgers Way) … if anything can break a player out of a slump, perhaps it’s a trip to Coors Field. But, as we mentioned in our opening slide, Rockies pitchers have been pitching lights out in their home ballpark in recent games.

One of those Dodgers battling through a slump is Matt Kemp. The veteran outfielder, who is one of the all-time Rockies killers, is hitting just .146 over his last 15 games (prior to Wednesday night’s series finale in Oakland against the A’s). Since the All-Star break, he’s put together a .179 average and has just two homers and five RBI in 56 at-bats.

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In his 81-game career appearances at Coors Field, Kemp has put together a slash line of .338/.403/.640 and an OPS of 1.043. Something has to give when it comes to Kemp’s slump versus his career comfort at the plate in downtown Denver.

Max Muncy, meanwhile, has fallen back to earth after a first half where he hit .271 with 22 homers. Since the All-Star break (and hitting in the Home Run Derby), he’s hitting just .179 with a pair of homers. In August, he’s hitting just .167 in 12 at-bats and there are rumblings he could be replaced as the Dodgers starting first baseman.

Los Angeles certainly has plenty of offensive weapons. However, Kemp and Muncy misfiring (or getting hot) is definitely something to keep an eye on this weekend.

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