National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, May 11th
(All times eastern)
Colorado Rockies (13-17) at Los Angeles Dodgers (20-11), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Jamie Moyer (1-2, 4.01)
Los Angeles - Chris Capuano (4-0, 2.21)
(Sports Network) - Chris Capuano tries to keep his perfect record intact this
evening when the Los Angeles Dodgers open a three-game series with the
Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium.
Capuano has been terrific for the Dodgers, going 4-0 with a 2.21 earned run
average after two straight scoreless outings. He's never had three consecutive
starts without allowing a run in his eight year career.
The left-hander, who had to undergo Tommy John surgery twice, has not given up
a run in his last 18 2/3 innings dating back to last season.
"Look out, Orel Hershiser," Capuano joked, referencing the former Dodger who
holds the Major League record by tossing 59 consecutive scoreless innings.
"Only about 40 more."
The Dodgers, who are 5-1 in Capuano's six starts this season, come into this
series on the heels of taking two of three from the San Francisco Giants after
a 6-2 win in Wednesday's rubber match.
Los Angeles will need to get Matt Kemp going, as the All-Star outfielder has
now gone a season-high eight straight games without homering after going deep
a league-high 12 times in his first 23.
Tonight, though, the Dodgers go up against the ageless Jamie Moyer, who is
just 1-2 with a 4.01 ERA, but has been the victim of poor run support at times
this season. That hasn't been the case of late, though, for the left-hander as
Moyer has allowed nine runs in his last two starts spanning 10 innings,
escaping with a no-decision each time.
Moyer, who became the oldest pitcher to win a big league game back on April
17, is just 3-5 lifetime versus the Dodgers with a 5.17 ERA in 12 starts. He's
0-2 with a 10.26 ERA in three starts against them since last beating them in
Actually Dodgers' manager Don Mattingly's 20 at-bats against Moyer are more
than all but two current Los Angeles hitters.
"I faced him," Mattingly said. "He was a soft tosser then. It's not like he
went from Nolan Ryan to what he's doing now. He was always crafty. I'm sure
he's a lot like he was in Philly and the last few times we saw him."
Colorado snapped a five-game skid on Wednesday, as Wilin Rosario and Chris
Nelson drove in two runs apiece to help the Rockies salvage the finale of a
three-game set with the Padres, 6-2.
Christian Friedrich (1-0) picked up the win with a strong start in his major
league debut, allowing five hits and two runs -- one earned -- with seven
strikeouts over six innings.
"I've been playing with these guys for four years in spring training and I
know them, and to finally have them playing behind me, it's just awesome to be
out there with them and get a great team win," Friedrich said.
Colorado took two of three from the Dodgers earlier in the year.
05/11 10:51:28 ET