Friday, April 22nd 6:40pm: Scott Kazmir (1-1 6.43 ERA) vs. Jon Gray (0-0 -.– ERA)
Jon Gray makes his season debut against the Dodgers while facing Scott Kazmir. Kazmir was an off-season pick up for the Dodgers, but he has left much to be desired so far for the Dodgers this year. Neither team has a player that has face either pitcher with any sort of sample size large enough to tell how this game will go. Gray is coming off a rough last season and will try and earn his first major league win. The Dodgers have a strong lineup, and at Coors field any team can explode for runs so it will be a good challenge for Gray to start the year.
Saturday, April 23rd 6:10pm: Kenta Maeda (2-0 0.47 ERA) vs. (Tyler Chatwood 2-1 2.79 ERA)
The Rockies will have their work cut out for them against Dodgers foreign rookie Kenta Maeda. Maeda has been terrific so far this year and has also hit a home run. Tyler Chatwood has also been terrific so far and if there was any pitching matchup to watch during this series, this is the one. This could be a low scoring game, but what I would like to see is Maeda struggle through his first start at Coors field.
Sunday, April 24th 2:10pm: Alex Wood (1-2 5.06 ERA) vs. Jordan Lyles (1-1 6.00 ERA)
Both of these pitchers have had weaker starts to the season and both have had one good start in three total starts this year. Jordan Lyles was terrific in his last game against the Reds and he will look to build off of that. Overall, these three games favor some good match ups for the Rockies hitters against the Dodgers pitchers, and obviously the best part is that they don’t have to face Kershaw. The Rockies could very well win this series, but starting off strong on Friday will be the key.