Esmil Rogers-6-2 vs. Ted Lilly-7-13
the Dodgers finally return home tonight, after there 10 game beer trip saw them go 5-5. there riding high after a shocking three game sweep of the Cardinals.
tonight is the first game of a three game set with Colorado, and a six game home stand which sees the Dodgers playing three with the Rockies, and Three with San Diego before going back out on the road.
the Dodgers have made a personnel move, they have activated Pitcher Kenley Jansen from the 15 day DL, and optioned pitcher Josh Lindblom back to Double AA Chatanooga. however rosters expand in a week, and I'm sure well see Lindblom back again soon. Jansen is returning from an Irregular heartbeat, that caused him to be put on blood thinners that required him to be out of action because of safety precautions.
tonight will be a rematch between rookie Esmil Rogers, and lefty veteran Ted Lilly.
last time we saw Rogers in coors field, he allowed four earned runs on 12 hits, and was not involved in the decision. Rogers is 6-2 against the league, but has a really high ERA of 6.00 the Dodgers haven't seen much of him though.
the Dodgers will counter with Lefty Ted Lilly. in his last start in Colorado, Lilly didn't make it out of the 5th inning. he had to be removed because of a stiff neck. however at his wife's request, he received Acupuncture treatment. and apparently it worked. Lilly claims his neck feels much better because of the treatment, although he admitted he didn't really understand the science of it. all I care about though is that Lilly is able to pitch tonight, and pitch effectively. Lilly is 7-13 this season, and has been pitching better before the neck setback. Lilly is 7-2 lifetime against Colorado.
the lineup looks similar to the other night. Loney is red hot, so I guess we have to ride his hot streak as he bats second. Ethier is still in the 5th spot, but he's struggling. Ide like to see Ethier moved back to the third spot, but until he starts hitting again I can understand the choice. however I still think that Ethier is a natural third hitter, and we know he doesn't stay in slumps very long. he will start hitting again.
ok so tonight's game is on at 710PM on Prime Ticket. Colorado is going to try another late season run again, but the Dodgers will try an be that Elephant in the room. Colorado is 9 games back of Arizona, while the Dodgers are 11 games back. this will be the last series of the year against Colorado, so this will be the last time we will have to deal with the likes of Cargo, Mullet man, and Helton.
lets keep the momentum going! GO BLUE!