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The Rockies dropped their third straight game, this one coming against Alex Wood and LA. Colorado’s offense could never get going and after the first inning, they never really threatened. The Dodgers on the other hand, had 11 hits and scored six runs in their easy win against the Rockies.
The Rockies have not yet lost four in a row, but with how they have been playing and with the guy they face on Saturday night, it will be hard to avoid the loss. Going against Kershaw, in the midst of the Dodgers crushing the baseball, may give LA yet another win, what would be their ninth straight.
And with how the Rockies offense has been, especially last night, hits are likely to be hard to come by against LA’s ace. Colorado had only three hits in the game on Friday and scored only one run, which came in the second inning after Tom Murphy doubled in Raimel Tapia. The lone run isn’t going to win a game with the way the Dodgers are going as they have one of the hottest rookies in baseball in Cody Bellinger and a third baseman who is hitting nearly .400 on the year.
The slide by Colorado has come as many of their wins have come, on the backs of rookies. The rookies can’t be all to blame, but they have struggled, as many may have predicted. Much like a pitcher figuring out a rookie hitter, rookie pitchers can get figured out and will have to adjust. Along with the wear and tear of a long season and pitching every fifth day, there is a lot of growing to do for a young guy. Luckily, the Rockies can send a veteran to the mound for what will hopefully be a cool, calm approach to break a little slide.
Tyler Chatwood is a veteran, especially when comparing him to first year pitchers, and he is also one of the best road pitchers in the league over the last two years. Away from Coors, Chatwood does great and the Rockies need him to be great again on Saturday. The Rockies offense also likely needs to step up and with Kershaw vulnerable to the long ball more than ever in his career, maybe one of the big boppers will carry the team to victory.