In the last month, the suddenly-flush-with-cash L.A. Dodgers have mortgaged their future (trading several of their top pitching prospects) in exchange for a boatload of highly paid All-Stars (Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford). By shifting into “Win now!” mode, the Dodgers not only left little doubt that they’re going for it this year, but they put a big-ass bull’s eye on their backs. And opponents are nailing that bull’s eye with the precision of a gold-medal-winning Olympic archer. Since acquiring its first puzzle piece (Ramirez), L.A. is barely a .500 team (16-15), and over the last eight days, the Dodgers have dropped 31Ž2 games to the Giants in the NL West standings by losing five of seven.
Last night was the worst loss of the bunch, a 10-0 defeat in Colorado, as the Dodgers managed just four hits in Coors Field—one day after they left 16 runners on base in a 6-2 home loss to Florida. While L.A. is struggling, the Rockies are playing their best baseball of the season, going 11-4 in their last 15 games. And over their last nine contests, Colorado has gotten tremendous pitching, allowing just 20 runs. Speaking of pitching, the Dodgers are handing the ball to Chris Capuano tonight, and here’s why that’s a scary proposition: Capuano got blasted in his most recent start (six runs allowed in five innings in Wednesday’s 8-4 home loss to the Giants). Additionally, the Dodgers are just 2-7 in the southpaw’s last nine trips to the mound, and Colorado is 7-2 the last nine times it has faced Capuano, including two wins this year (13-3 at home; 2-0 in L.A.).
In fact, in his last four starts at Coors Field, Capuano has allowed 17 runs (14 earned) in 25 innings (5.04 ERA). The Rockies’ record in those four games? 4-0.
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Monday’s Result: Rays -115 at Rangers (Loss)