Series Preview: Dodgers vs. Rockies

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Tuesday, August 2nd 6:40pm: Brandon McCarthy (2-1 2.39 ERA) vs. Jon Gray (7-4 3.94 ERA)

The Rockies take on the wild card leading team, the Dodgers, on Tuesday night. They take them on at home in a series that means quite a bit to the Rockies chances at making the playoffs. This is a game that the Rockies could very easily win as McCarthy has not been good at Coors Field and Jon Gray has really figured out pitching at home. The offense has been doing well lately and the team has been clicking on all aspects since they started their road trip. Now that they are at home they can take some of the Coors Field magic and try and continue their second hand dominance.

Wednesday, August 3rd 6:40pm: Kenta Maeda (9-7 3.23 ERA) vs. Tyler Anderson (3-3 3.33 ERA)

Maeda has had a successful rookie campaign just as Tyler Anderson has. Maeda has been especially good when he has faced the Rockies in two starts. In those starts he has allowed only three and five hits with only one total run allowed. Anderson has been all the Rockies could ask for and more since coming up to the big leagues. This game will be between whichever team can get the big hit and will likely end up with a lower score.

Thursday, August 4th 6:40pm: Scott Kazmir (9-4 4.41 ERA) vs. Tyler Chatwood (10-6 3.50 ERA)

Scott Kazmir has been average at best for the Dodgers this year who really lack the rotation strength they normally have without Clayton Kershaw. Kenta Maeda has been an obvious bright spot, but outside of that they don’t have many great pitchers. The Rockies on the other hand have totally gone against their history of having bad pitchers and now have a rotation full of capable starters. Tyler Chatwood is certainly one of those pitchers, as are the other two in this series, of pitchers who can do really well and have done well. Chatwood has struggled at Coors field and his last outing saw him walking eight batters, so he will hope to regain his control at home. If Chatwood can reduce his walks and avoid getting hit hard like he has on the road, the Rockies could take this series with either a sweep or a handy two of three wins. However, Chatwood has not been a sure thing this year and Kazmir does have flashes of being really good.

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