When a Coors Field game becomes a ‘Coors Field game’

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers at Rockies, 5:40 p.m.
Chase Utley, 2B
Corey Seager, SS
Justin Turner, 3B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Yasiel Puig, RF
Yasmani Grandal, C
Howie Kendrick, LF
Joc Pederson, CF
Scott Kazmir, P

By Jon Weisman

That chamber of chills and thrills known as Coors Field hosts the Dodgers for three games in the next 48 hours.

Not without good reason, we think of the Colorado Rockies’ home field as the nuclear test site where ERAs go boom. But how common have those explosions been?

Here’s the breakdown of how the Dodgers’ breakdowns in Denver:

Runs scored at Coors Field by the Dodgers and Rockies, 1995-2015
Coors

Basically, the teams each break into double digits once or twice per year, no more than thrice, except in 1996, when the Rockies score 10 or more runs in four different games against Los Angeles. That’s not so extraordinary. It’s about the same as the amount of games in which a team has been held to two runs or fewer.

The thing that makes Coors Field Coors Field is the number of games in the high single digits — somewhere around half of the total for each team. The Dodgers and Rockies have scored at least six runs in more than half the games they have played at Coors.

So, be ready for some scoring — not necessarily an insane amount, but just enough to make you uncomfortable. That’s Coors Field for you.

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