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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hiroki 黒田 博樹, the Ninja, Takes the Mound in Game 2

LA Dodgers @ CO Rockies
5:40 PM PT
Game 2

Hiroki Kuroda

Jeff Francis

Furcal 6
Theriot 4
Ethier 9
Kemp 8
Blake 5
Loney 3
Johnson 7
Ellis 2
Kuroda 1 

Hiroki Kuroda may be pitching his last game as a Dodger tonight. Torre may choose to start him in the finale game on Sunday, but he hasn't announced his rotation as of yet. Kuroda is waiting until the season commences before making his decision about whether to return to Japan or not. Kuroda has had a great season, staying healthy throughout, and remaining optimistic  even though he's received the lowest average of runs scored behind him in the National League since July 1. Kuroda looks to replicate the outcome of his last outing. He took the win against the Padres pitching 8 innings and only allowing 1 run. The Rockies seem to challenge him though. He's 0-4 with a 6.25 ERA lifetime against the Rockies. DodgertownUSA tweeted "Tonight's starter, Hiroki Kuroda, has a 3.65 career ERA in 3 seasons, the lowest of any Japan-born starter in MLB history." Pretty impressive. Please offer him a 1-2 year deal! I will be posting a more in depth player profile in the offseason spotlighting Kuroda if he returns to the team. 

Colorado will counter with lefty Jeff Francis. He's only had two starts since returning from the disabled list with left shoulder tightness. In those two starts he pitched a combined 6 2/3 innings and allowed five earned runs and lost both games.

Colorado is in a do or die situation with every game now. They sit 5 games back of the Giants in the division. Their elimination number is at 2. The Phillies clinched the NL East yesterday, and the Reds look to soon clinch the central division. 

No big changes with the lineup. Reed Johnson is in left field, so look for some bumbling defensive plays. 

Go Blue:)

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