Series Preview: Rockies vs. Dodgers

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Friday, July 1st 8:10pm: Jorge De La Rosa (5-4 6.47 ERA) vs. Bud Norris (3-7 4.22 ERA)

The Rockies catch a break in the first game of the series as Clayton Kershaw heads to the DL with back pain. Not having to face Kershaw greatly increases the chances of the Rockies winning this series, especially because they have some favorable pitching match ups. In the first game of the series the Rockies send De La Rosa to the mound against newly acquired Bud Norris. De La Rosa has returned to his old form since returning to the rotation and the Rockies are definitely happy about this. Norris has hopped between the bullpen and rotation this year, but his most recent stretch has placed him in the rotation where he has flourished. The Rockies will hope they can get to him with his new team, but a night game at Dodger stadium could mean this game will be low scoring.

Saturday, June 2nd 8:10pm: Chad Bettis (6-5 5.84 ERA) vs. Scott Kazmir (6-3 4.67 ERA)

The Rockies are likely entering a stretch of competition for rotation spots. Among those competitors is Chad Bettis and while Bettis pitched well enough last year to earn a spot, his consistency this year has just not been there. It makes it tough when multiple starters are underperforming as it just isn’t totally feasible to shakeup the rotation midseason. Bettis needs to get back on track or his spot is in jeopardy. Scott Kazmir has been decent this year, but by no means has he been the savior the Dodgers needed in their rotation. This game could go any number of ways as both of these pitchers have had good starts and they have had really bad starts. This is a series that the Rockies would love to take, especially at the start of a new month and against a division rival.

Sunday, June 3rd 2:10pm: Jon Gray (5-3 4.83 ERA) vs. TBD

The Dodgers have not yet announced their third starter for this series, but the Rockies will have Jon Gray going. Gray has steadily been lowering his ERA and has been pitching like an ace. The Rockies need a bonafide ace in this staff and while Gray is still young, he is starting to establish himself. His arm fatigue scare that came against the Yankees was promptly dismissed in his last start where he went 7 innings. Gray will hopefully seal a series win on Sunday with another good performance and earn some momentum for the rest of the Rockies road trip.

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