Series Preview: Rockies (47-28) vs. Dodgers (48-26)

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Friday, June 23rd 8:10pm: Kyle Freeland (8-4 3.42) vs. Alex Wood (7-0 1.90)

The Rockies are coming off their biggest series of the year and they won only one game against the Dbacks. They now head off to LA for the other biggest series of the year against the division leading Dodgers. LA is hot, riding a seven game win streak into the series, and has been doing it all. The Rockies will need a big rebound from their series with Arizona to compete and they really need to take two of three from the boys in blue. The opener shows two lefties going at it. Kyle Freeland has been the best rookie for Colorado, but there has been shakiness from the other rookies that Freeland hopes to avoid. Alex Wood is a Cy Young contender through the early going, out-pitching even Clayton Kershaw in some metrics. This will not be an easy series opener, but the Rockies should come out fighting in this big series.

Saturday, June 24th 8:10pm: Tyler Chatwood (6-7 4.08) vs. Clayton Kershaw (10-2 2.61)

Tyler Chatwood is coming off a good home start and now gets to head out for a start on the road where he has been great. He has only one start against LA in which he gave up five runs in 4.1 innings, but that was at home and every Rockies fan knows Chatwood is a different pitcher away from Coors. He is tasked with going against the best pitcher in baseball in Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw will be making his fourth start against the Rockies this year and after his first start against them, he has settled in an pitched really well. The Rockies have the familiarity of seeing Kershaw often, but that does not mean going against him is any easier, otherwise he wouldn’t be a perennial Cy YounG candidate.

Sunday, June 25th 2:10pm: German Marquez (5-3 3.92) vs. Brandon McCarthy (6-3 2.87)

If there was a game in this series that Colorado was favored, this would be the one. With that being said, the Rockies are still going to have a tough time, especially if Marquez struggles to get deep into the game. Day games play differently at Dodger Stadium and with the way the Dodgers have hit anyways lately, this game will be a tough one to keep the Dodgers down in. Colorado faces McCarthy, who has had some success against Colorado. This game could really go either way, but hopefully for the Rockies it is one that could either sweep or win them the series, as any other outcome means they struggled in the first two.

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