Home or away, the Colorado Rockies continue to struggle.
Coming off a dismal homestand, the Rockies look to avoid a fourth consecutive road loss as they open a three-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.
One day after it snapped a four-game skid with a 15-4 win over St. Louis, Colorado (25-27) fell 4-3 to conclude a 2-5 homestand. Losers in eight of 10 overall, the Rockies embark on a nine-game road stretch against NL West opponents.
They have dropped nine of 11 away from Coors Field after opening 10-3 on the road and went 4-5 at Dodger Stadium last year.
Though the Rockies averaged 2.7 runs while losing eight of their last nine road games, they hope to continue their success against Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley(notes) (3-4, 3.69 ERA), who has a 5.94 ERA during a three-game losing streak versus Colorado.
Todd Helton(notes) has hit .190 (4 for 21) his last seven games, but .381 with two doubles and two homers versus Billingsley. The right-hander allowed five runs in three innings of a 7-5 loss at Coors on April 6 to fall to 2-5 with a 4.64 ERA in 10 starts against the Rockies.
Billingsley, however, is 1-1 with a 3.64 ERA in five starts against them at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers totaled eight runs while Billingsley went 0-3 with a 2.91 ERA in his previous five starts before a 5-4 victory Tuesday at Houston, where he won despite allowing four runs, three walks and striking out nine in six innings.
Los Angeles (24-30) had little trouble producing while recording a season-high 17 hits in Sunday’s 8-0 win over Florida. Clayton Kershaw(notes) tossed a two-hitter while Rafael Furcal(notes), Andre Ethier(notes) and Jay Gibbons(notes) each had three RBIs as the Dodgers took two of three from the Marlins to win their first series since May 10-13 at Pittsburgh.
“We’re in a stretch here where we’re gonna have to start putting some series together or we’re gonna be at the point where we’re in trouble, where we’re not feeling as optimistic,” manager Don Mattingly told the Dodgers’ official website.
Furcal is batting .193 in 14 games this season, but is 5 for 9 the last two. After scuffling through a 2-for-31 stretch, Ethier was 6 for 10 against the Marlins. Ethier is batting .313 with a home run against Jason Hammel(notes) (3-4, 3.20), who looks for his first victory in exactly one month for the Rockies.
The right-hander allowed two runs in seven innings of a 2-1 loss to Arizona on Wednesday. Hammel is 0-3 with a solid 3.18 ERA in five starts since beating Pittsburgh on April 30. His teammates have scored three or fewer runs in four of those outings.
“I feel good, a lot of guys feel good, but right now we’re just not on the same page,” Hammel said. “We just can’t get things to click when we need them to, so obviously it’s very frustrating.”
It was a good thing the Rockies gave Hammel some rare support in his last outing against the Dodgers, a 7-5 win at Coors Field on April 6. He allowed four runs in five innings but improved to 2-1 with a 3.82 ERA in six starts versus Los Angeles.