Dodgers Continue Road Trip Today in Colorado

After losing 3-0 to the Rockies in their first game of the series the Dodgers continue their eight-game road trip (0-1) this afternoon by wrapping up this two-game series in Colorado. Last year, the Dodgers took the season series 11-7 and have been quite comfortable at Coors Field recently.

    Best ROAD Record vs. Any Team, Since 2008 (min. 5 G)  

at Brewers            7-2     .778
at Marlins            6-3     .667
at Rockies           18-10    .643
at Reds               9-5     .643
at Diamondbacks      15-12    .556
  SOURCE: STATS, LLC
 
?The Dodgers don't play the Rockies again for another 53 days when the two squads begin a three-game series at Dodger Stadium from May 30-June 1.  

DUH, WINNING – Dodger right-hander Chad Billingsley earned his first victory of the season last Friday night and now has 53 wins since the start of the 2007 campaign, which is tied with Roy Oswalt for the most in the National League over that time. Here is the list:   

Most Victories since 2007 – National League
Adam Wainwright     64
Derek Lowe          58
Bronson Arroyo      57
Tim Lincecum        56
Ted Lilly           54
Chad Billingsley    53
Roy Oswalt          53
 
CLIMBING THE LADDER – Dodger closer Jonathan Broxton recorded career save No. 80 Sunday night, moving him within one of Takashi Saito for eighth place in franchise history. Broxton is also nearing Clem Labine (83, 7th) and Jay Howell (85, 6th).  

?Broxton is tied with Mariano Rivera and Joel Hanrahan for the Major League lead with three saves. Last season, Broxton did not pick up his third save until May 9. The only time in his career that the Georgia native recorded more than three saves during the season's opening month was in 2009, when he nailed down seven contests.  

?Broxton appeared in his 375th career game Sunday night for the Dodgers and is 10th on the all-time franchise games played list among pitchers, three behind Dazzy Vance for ninth place. Broxton is also zeroing in on Brickyard Kennedy (382), Sandy Koufax (397) and Charlie Hough (401). 

?The Dodgers have 15 Thursday off days this season with just two of them coming on the road. The club has three Monday off days and one each on Tuesday and Wednesday during the All-Star break  

MAKING MOVES – Following the game last night, the Dodgers optioned infielder Ivan De Jesus to Triple-A Albuquerque, where he will begin the minor league season tomorrow. Los Angeles is expected to activate third baseman Casey Blake from the 15-day disabled list today. Blake has not played since March 12 after injuring his right side during Spring Training. The 37-year old third baseman is in the final year of a three-year contract he signed on Dec. 10, 2008.

THAT WAS BRISK – The Dodgers lost to the Rockies last night in two hours and 19 minutes, easily their quickest game of the season. Last year, the club's fastest game time was 2:15 against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium on July 9.

?The Dodgers were shut out last night for the second time this season. Last year, Los Angeles was blanked a league-high 17 times. 

WHO'S BETTER? – Dodger centerfielder Matt Kemp is off to a hot start, hitting .313 with a homer, three RBI, two doubles and a team-leading four runs scored. Since 2009, Kemp has been as good as any center fielder in baseball:

Kemp, Since 2009 – with Ranks Among MLB CF (stats while playing CF only)

Games   321    1st
HR       53    2nd (Granderson, 55)
RBI     183    1st
OPS    .808    3rd (min. 600 PA)
Runs    179     t-2nd
SB       53    8th
   SOURCE: STATS, LLC
 
  READY TO ROCK – Several Dodgers have enjoyed success against the Rockies during their careers. Dodger shortstop Rafael Furcal has 114 career hits and a .308 average in 88 career games against the Rox. Those hits rank third among all active players. James Loney has 60 career RBI against Colorado (5th among active players) and Matt Kemp has driven in 53 (10th).

END THE TREND – Despite reaching base three of four times last night and in four of his first five games, Dodger outfielder Andre Ethier is still looking for his first extra-base hit of 2011. The Dodgers have hit just one home run so far, the fewest of any team in the Major Leagues.

PITCHING PROBABLES:
Friday Ted Lilly vs. Clayton Richard
Saturday Hiroki Kuroda vs. Dustin Moseley
Sunday TBD vs. Aaron Harang (NR, ---)          
 

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