Dodgers left-handed Paul Maholm and Rockies right-hander Juan Nicasio bring contrasting histories into their meeting at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night in the second of three games between the National League West rivals.
Maholm (0-2, 5.60 ERA) has had little success against the Rockies in his career. He is 1-8 with a 6.63 ERA in 10 career starts against them.
At least his last start was a while ago. He was with the Pirates on April 30, 2011, when he gave up four runs on seven hits, struck out three, walked three and threw 101 pitches in seven innings of a 4-1 loss at Coors Field.
Nicasio (2-0, 4.30 ERA) threw three times against the Dodgers last season -- all at Dodger Stadium and all Rockies victories. As for Nicasio, he was 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA.
Nicasio's active 13 1/3-inning scoreless streak at Dodger Stadium is the fourth-longest such run at the stadium, behind the Mets' Kyle Farnsworth (15 2/3 innings), the Phillies' Cliff Lee (14) and the Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey (13 2/3).
Last year was his first taste of success against the Dodgers. He is 3-2 with a 3.67 ERA in eight starts against them.
Rockies: CarGo has hit before ...
Since hitting .375 during a 10-game hit streak to start the season, Carlos Gonzalez is 6-for-45 (.133) over his last 12 games -- including Friday night's 0-for-5.
After a flareup of left knee tendinitis on Sunday, Gonzalez played Monday and Tuesday, then rested Wednesday and the team's day off on Thursday. Earlier in the slump, there was an inordinate number of hard-hit balls. Friday, there were four soft grounders to the right side of the infield and a fly ball to right.
Manager Walt Weiss figures Gonzlaez has hit before, and he'll do so again.
"I don't see anything that concerns me," Weiss said. "His knee is feeling better. CarGo and guys that have a lot of power like he does, sometimes when they go into a slump, you'll see some swings and misses. But he's one of the best players in the game. I'm not really concerned about him. He'll get hot and will be tough to get out for a week straight. He'll be fine."
Dodgers: Unlucky 13
The downside to playing with a 13-man pitching staff was apparent Thursday night, when Don Mattingly felt forced to let reliever Chris Perez take his first at-bat since 2008 in the eighth inning with the game tied, then replace Perez on the mound for the ninth inning. Mattingly had already used Matt Kemp and Scott Van Slyke as pinch-hitters, he wasn't going to use back-up catcher Drew Butera unless Tim Federowicz was injured, and he was holding back Justin Turner as his last infielder.
"You don't like seeing that," Mattingly said of batting Perez in a tied game. "I feel kind of stuck there."
Mattingly said one alternative, Silver Slugger pitcher Zack Greinke, was "interesting."
"It's kind of risk/reward," he said. "If he pulls a rib, they'll say, 'What are you doing? What are you thinking?' We've lost [Clayton Kershaw] and see what that causes, and you want to do the same with Zack over one hit?"
• Mattingly reiterated that Kershaw will need at least one more rehab start before being activated. "We're pretty firm on that," he said.
• Rockies leadoff man Charlie Blackmon went 1-for-5 with a strikeout on Friday night. He had homered in three straight games, but his RBI single in the 11th drove in the go-ahead run.
• Troy Tulowitzki led off the second inning Friday with his third home run in as many games, off the Dodgers' Josh Beckett. The Rockies' club record is home runs in five straight games.
• The left hamstring injury that forced defending National League batting champion Michael Cuddyer to the 15-day disabled list is giving left-handed hitting Corey Dickerson starting opportunities. Dickerson homered and went 1-for-4 on Friday night, and is 6-for-17 (.353) with two home runs, two doubles and five runs in his five starts.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.