Series Preview: Rockies (74-65) vs. Dodgers (92-47)

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Thursday, September 7th 8:10pm: Jon Gray (6-4 4.26) vs. Clayton Kershaw (16-2 1.95)

In the past week and a half, the Dodgers have won only one game and it was a game Clayton Kershaw started. Going into this series, the Dodgers are ice cold and the Rockies are coming off of a series win, even if it may have been one of the worst teams they did this against. This is not going to be an easy game to win, but the Dodgers playing as badly as they are bodes well for the Rockies. Facing Kershaw in the opener is another bad omen, along with the Dodgers being an elite team, but the Rockies have got to him in games in the past, as well as getting dominated by him, so the outcome of this game will be a tough one to forecast.

Friday, September 8th 8:10pm: German Marquez (10-6 4.26) vs. Yu Darvish (8-11 4.09)

Darvish has not been exactly the pickup the Dodgers expected, but he still has ace stuff when he is on. In five starts since coming to LA, Darvish has two 10+ strikeout games, but has also gone five or fewer innings three times. In his last start out against San Diego, he gave up five runs in three innings. The Rockies as a team have not faced Darvish but they do have the benefit of lots of scouting information on him. German Marquez has not faced the Dodgers this year, but he has pitched well. He struggles most late in the game when batters get more aggressive on early pitches in the count, but this could be remedied if he controls the outsides of the zone a little bit more.

Saturday, September 9th 7:10pm: Chad Bettis (0-2 4.91) vs. Alex Wood (14-2 2.57)

Chad Bettis will be looking for a rebound game after some bad starts his last three times out. He has basically gotten worse with each progressive start, so this is an important one to get back on track. Alex Wood has had success against the Rockies this year giving up one run in twelve innings. He has been less good recently, but he has still been the top Dodgers pitcher behind Kershaw. With the offense still struggling a bit and Dodgers stadium being a pitchers park, this is not an ideal series to get the offense going, but it is a good series for Nolan Arenado to get back on track, as he destroys NL West opponents, especially in California.

Sunday, September 10th 2:10pm: TBD vs. Rich Hill (9-7 3.67)

This is the game that would slot as another bullpen game for the Rockies, if that is what they choose to do. Antonio Senzatela, Tyler Chatwood, or Jeff Hoffman could slot as the starter, but it is likely that any of them would only work four innings. The Rockies will have to hope they don’t get their bullpen overused in the first three games of this series, so that they may save some arms for this game. They have the benefit of 40 man rosters, but most of the pitchers that would be used that were call ups would not be the ideal men to use.

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