Series Preview: Dodgers vs. Rockies

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Thursday, May 11th 6:40pm: Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-4 4.05) vs. Jeff Hoffman (0-0 -.–)

With Tyler Anderson as a late scratch from Thursday’s series opener, the Rockies will send yet another rookie  to the mound for the fourth straight game. Hoffman will take the bump against Ryu who comes off the DL for his start against Colorado. This series will be a good show into the future for which team may take the division, as both of these teams are leaders right now with the Dodgers only a game and a half back. They are hot recently, but so are the Rockies as they have won four straight series.

Friday, May 12th 6:40pm: Clayton Kershaw (5-2 2.40) vs. Tyler Chatwood (3-4 4.74)

Chatwood has struggled at home most of the year, but his last time out against Arizona saw him go seven innings for his best home start of the year. He will need to perform similarly on Friday as he faces off against perennial Cy Young contended Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw was great at home his last time against Rockies, but his last time in Coors he struggled and earned a loss to the Rockies, something they will hope to repeat on Friday with their power hitting righties.

Saturday, May 13th 6:10pm: Alex Wood (3-0 2.73) vs. Tyler Anderson (2-3 6.69)

With Hoffman going on Thursday, Anderson will be pushed back to Saturday to face another lefty. After running into injury issues last year, Wood saw himself start in the bullpen while also making a spot start. Wood now finds himself solidly in the rotation, but he has only gotten into the sixth inning one time. Wood has had mixed success against the Rockies hitters, but they have also not faced him too many times in the past. What the Rockies really need, is another good start from Anderson and hopefully a few runs off of Wood, to earn a win to keep ahead of the Dodgers.

Sunday, May 14th 1:10pm: TBD vs. Antonio Senzatela (5-1 2.86)

Senzatela was excellent once again in the first game of the double header and he is proving to be part of a 1-2 rookie punch that has given the Rockies their best start ever. Senzatela has not yet faced the Dodgers, and they normally do well against righties, so this will be another good test for the rookie righty. Senzatela has only not gotten into the sixth inning once and his one loss came when he allowed four runs to the Nationals, a game where they would eventually score 16 runs. This is a series the Rockies need to win at least three games in, but it is also a series the Dodgers would love to take so they could get a step closer and maybe even ahead of the Rockies for the division lead.

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