The Dodgers head into the nightmarish confines of Coors Field for a four-game weekend series, looking for their fourth straight series win in Denver. Here is a look at the pitching matchups against the Rockies, which include four left-handers throwing for Colorado.
Thursday, 5:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Zack Greinke gets his final chance to make an impression before All-Star rosters are announced on Sunday. He allowed four runs in seven innings in a no-decision in Colorado on June 7. Franklin Morales began the season in the rotation but a 6.03 ERA at the end of May meant a trip to the bullpen. Morales is back in the rotation starting today with Jhoulys Chacin on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.
Friday, 5:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
In his last start in Coors Field, Clayton Kershaw struck out nine in a complete game win, but he only pitched five innings in a rain-shortened win on June 8. Troy Tulowitzki homered in the fourth inning, the last home run hit against Kershaw. Since that home run Kershaw has allowed only one run in 32 innings, including a 28-inning scoreless streak. Jorge De La Rosa has allowed 24 runs in 24⅔ innings in his last five starts, including five runs in a loss to Kershaw and the Dodgers on June 8.
Saturday, 1:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Dan Haren provided some hope with seven scoreless innings in his last start after a downward spiral for two months. Yohan Flande is a 28-year-old nine-year minor league veteran making his third major league start.
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Josh Beckett showed he was human on Tuesday against Cleveland, allowing five runs in five innings in his first truly bad start in about three months. With his general soreness of late, coupled with Red Patterson only pitching two innings on Wednesday in Albuquerque, don't be surprised if Beckett doesn't actually make this start. Christian Friedrich has in three starts this year allowed 19 runs in 13⅓ innings, with 14 strikeouts and eight walks. In 19 career major league starts, Friedrich owns a 6.61 ERA. His 69 ERA+ is tied for 30th-worst since 1901 among all major leaguers with at least 19 starts, just behind John Ely 's 68.