Rockies Handle Sluggish Dodgers in 2022’s Opening Series

Although the Dodgers showed a bit of spark and promise on Opening Day, there wasn’t really much to write home about in the next two games, as the Rockies took 2022’s opening series two games to one on Sunday.

The series defeat marked the first time the Dodgers lost a series to the Rockies in Denver since 2018.

The pitching for Los Angeles was decent over the first two games, but a flat Julio Urias on Sunday, coupled with some poor team defense, were the main culprits in a 9-4 loss.

Urias ended up completing just two full innings on 57 pitches, facing a whopping 16 batters in that time. He didn’t strike out any batters, and his four-seam sat right around 91 MPH after averaging just above 94 MPH last season.

The 25-year-old lefty surrendered six runs on six hits and two walks, although three of those runs were unearned.

Another startling stat for Sunday’s game — something we seemingly talked about all winter — was that the Dodgers left 17 runners stranded on base. The team went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position in Sunday’s loss. For the series, the team was 6-for-23 with RISP.

Over the entire weekend, Los Angeles hit .238/.283/.295 (25-for-105), translating to a highly disappointing .578 OPS. Obviously, it’s only the first series of the season, but these weren’t numbers we expected to see, especially in a hitter-friendly park like Coors, coupled with the addition of the designated hitter.

Sunday’s score could have been much worse if Kris Bryant would have handled Freddie Freeman’s flyball to left field that ended up scoring three runs and momentarily making the game close in the fourth inning.

As far as the hot bats went for the series, Chris Taylor led the way for Los Angeles with four hits, including two doubles. Those four hits came over two games, though, as Taylor took a seat on Saturday to open the door for Edwin Rios to DH.

Gavin Lux was on board five times over the weekend with three singles and two walks. Justin Turner, Mookie Betts and Trea Turner added three hits each for the Dodgers.

After going 0-for-8 in his first two games, Cody Bellinger had two hits on Sunday — a squibber to the left side of the infield against the shift and a solid knock to right field in the fourth.

Bryant and C.J. Cron led the way for the Rockies over the weekend with four hits apiece. Cron, Connor Joe and Elias Diaz all went deep for the Rockies in the series, while Austin Barnes was the only player to go yard for Los Angeles.

After a day off on Monday, the Dodgers land in Minnesota for a quick two-game set against the Twins before returning home to face the Reds for four games at Dodger Stadium.

9 thoughts on “Rockies Handle Sluggish Dodgers in 2022’s Opening Series

  1. That was pretty pathetic. This team isn’t ready to start the season yet. Let’s just hope some team like the Padres doesn’t pull out too far before we get our act together.

    In more upbeat news, Pepiot, Nastrini and Bruns all pitched well in their starts today.

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    1. Yep. They did not look ready coming out of Spring Training. Muncy is OPS’n .154. 4 other starters are in the .400’s and Betts is .500 and yeah, it’s 3 games in but this has been going on for a while. Pitching got hit too but it’s Colorado, that can be expected.

      9 unearned runs in this one. 50 mph gusts. What an ugly game.

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  2. If I got this right, the dodgers were held scoreless in 24 of the 27 innings over the 3 games. YiKES. But Bellinger hit a nice squibbler to beat the shift.

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  3. Has Miller pitched in the minors yet, Jeff? After his last spring training outing, I’ve caught the Miller fever, along with the rest of you guys. We need to start the “Miller Report “ whenever he pitches, so we can follow along with him, down in the minors this season.

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    1. Miller has not had his first start yet Keith. He’s on the Tulsa roster and I’m guessing he’ll be starting one of the next couple of games they have.

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      1. It will be interesting to see when they let Miller pitch deeper into outings. Last year they were very guarded earlier in the season.

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      2. I will we’ll see them stretch him out this year, Waldo. It’s not like he’s an 18 year old, fresh out of high school. He’s 23 now and if we don’t watch out Gordon will be labeling him a has-been soon.

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  4. Thanks Jeff, I now see why you guys were talking about miller a while ago being one of the up and coming pitchers for the dodgers.

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