The Dodgers are currently in a series with the Rockies, and even though they are battling for third place instead of first, the rivalry is still there. Colorado outfielder Brad Hawpe has been placed on waivers and is likely to be an ex-Rockie sooner rather than later, per Troy Renck of the Denver Post:â†µ
Hawpe is expected to clear waivers tomorrow. If he clears â€” which is highly likely given that heâ€™s owed $2.2 million â€” then he could be traded to any team or designated for assignment or released. Hawpe has not played much in the second half and has struggled offensively. He is hitting .252 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs.â†µ
The Dodgers not only play the Rockies this week, but next weekend as well, and missing Hawpe will undoubtedly help the cause. Hawpe in his career has been a Dodger killer, hitting .349 with 20 home runs and 76 RBI and a 1.024 OPS in 90 career games. That equates to 36 homers and 137 RBI over a full season. It’s not just Coors Field inflation either, as Hawpe has hit .357 at Dodger Stadium with a 1.076 OPS.â†µ
The Dodgers have won nine straight series against the Rockies, and need one win in the next two games to extend that streak to 10. Missing Hawpe will help that cause. Then again, the Dodgers were happy to see Jake Peavy leave the division, too, but look at the Padres now. Perhaps this is a “be careful what you wish for” situation.