Occasionally in sports, teams get caught looking ahead of the schedule to their own detriment. The dreaded trap game. The Dodgers need to avoid that very fate this weekend against the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies could give the Dodgers a much stiffer test than many anticipate for three reasons.
The Rockies Win at Home
It’s hard to believe, but the Rockies are one of five teams in the majors to have at least 30 wins at home to this point (31-17). Even more surprising, they own a better home winning percentage (.646) than the San Diego Padres (.635) entering Friday.
The Rockies Hits Left Handed Pitching
The Dodgers will be starting both Julio Urias and David Price in the three game set. On top of having the most runs scored at home, Colorado has a collective .861 OPS versus lefties at Coors Field. They also trail only the Houston Astros in lowest strikeout rate (19.1%) when facing left handed pitching at their home park. Colorado also ranks second in slugging percentage (.527).
The Rockies Steal Bases
Overall, the Rockies rank seventh in stolen bases in the MLB (53). They rank fourth in stolen bases at home (30). Every Dodger fan has been subjected to watching opposing teams steal at will this season. Rockies manager Bud Black would be foolish to abandon his team’s aggressive approach against the Dodgers.
This isn’t to say that the Dodgers can’t, or won’t, win or sweep the series in Colorado. It just might not be as easy as many Dodgers fans assume.
Don’t let the overall record of the Rockies fool you. They’re a dangerous team when playing at their home confines of Coors Field.
Los Angeles needs to take care of business this weekend and avoid a trap series.