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Game of the Week: Rockies vs. Dodgers April 19th

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Matchup

This week we will feature the Colorado Rockies against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rockies travel to L.A. on Friday night and look to continue their winning ways.  On Sunday we will preview the series finale which will give us all a better indication on how well the Rockies match up with the Dodgers.  This weeks match-up looks to be a great table setter for the rest of the season.

The first time these two franchises faced-off against each other was on May 21, 1993, which was the inaugural season for the Rockies.  The Dodgers took the first game ever with Colorado 8-0 with Orel Hershiser on the mound.

Both teams have met 359 times in their history with the Dodgers winning 206 of the games.

Managers

Walt Weiss, who spent 14 years in the majors as a shortstop, became the Rockies manager in 2013 taking over a team that won 64 games in 2012. In his first year as manager, Weiss’ team won ten more games than the previous season, but still finished in fifth place.  His overall record so far, including a 4-2 start to the 2015 season is 144-186. This season the Rockies look stronger and ready to compete for a Division Crown, with their skipper Weiss leading the way.

Don Mattingly, known as “Donnie Baseball”,  spent his entire playing career of 14 years, with the New York Yankees. He never won a championship while playing the game, but he has come very close as a manager and looks to have an opportunity to do so this season. Mattingly took over a Dodgers team in 2011 that won 80 games in 2010. The next three seasons his teams would win 86 (2012), 92 (2013) and 94 (2014) games finishing in first place two out of the last three seasons but coming up short in the playoffs. His overall managerial record, including a 3-3 start to the 2015 season is 357-296.

Last season……

The 2014 Colorado Rockies finished the season in fourth place in the National League West Division at  66-96. Part of that was due in part to losing their top two players, in Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, to season ending injuries.  Baseball in October hasn’t been a regular occurrence for the Rockies, but with their two stars back in the line-up everyday and a strong start to the season, 2015 looks to be a better overall season than last.

Last season……

The 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers  finished the season 94-68, improving in the win column from the previous season by two games and winning the National League West Crown for the second consecutive season. The Dodgers look to have a strong season and have what it takes to make the World Series in 2015.

Key Additions/Subtractions for the Rockies

The Rockies made some strong pushes in the off-season to try and bolster their lineup and pitching staff in order to give the club an opportunity to battle for the top spot in their division. Through free agency they brought in second baseman Daniel Descalso, catcher Nick Hundley and starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick.

Key Additions/Subtractions for the Dodgers

The Dodgers brought over shortstop Jimmy Rollins, from the Philadelphia Phillies and on Opening Day he hit a home run and drove in three. They also brought over relief pitcher Joel Peralta in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for relief pitcher Jose Dominguez and a minor leaguer.  They traded Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres for catcher Yasmani Grandal, and sent second baseman Dee Gordon, starting pitcher Dan Haren, and shortstop Miguel Rojas to the Miami Marlins for relief pitcher Chris Hatcher. The loss of Kemp may have hurt the Dodgers, but with rookie Joc Pederson playing well, a healthy Carl Crawford and the mighty Yasiel Puig in the outfield, the Dodgers are set to make a run at the Title.

Top Prospect – Colorado Rockies

Jon Gray was taken by the Rockies  in the 1st round (3rd overall) of the 2013 MLB June Amateur draft.  The right handed pitcher has moved through the system fairly quickly and is in Triple-A for the 2015 season. Last season was his best in the minors as he went 10-4 in Double-A with a 3.91 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 124.1 innings. Gray is currently with Albuquerque Isotopes of the Pacific Coast League as he works his way toward an opportunity to make his major league debut.

Top Prospect – Los Angeles Dodgers

Corey Seager was taken by the Dodgers in the 1st round (18th overall) of the 2012 MLB June Amateur draft from Northwest Cabarrus HS (Concord, NC). The 6’4″ shortstop has 44 home runs and 206 RBI’s in four minor league seasons. In 2014, between Class A Advanced and Double-A, he combined to hit 20 home runs, drove in 97 RBI’s and batted .349.  He is currently with the new Double-A affiliate, Tulsa Drillers and in four games he is batting .438 (7 for 16). Jimmy Rollins is just keeping the shortstop position warm for Seager and if the top prospect keeps swinging a hot bat it won’t be long before he takes over the position for good.

David Conde

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