The Dodgers have already lost their first home series to the Rockies since September 2010, just the second home series loss to Colorado in their last 11 meetings at Dodger Stadium. On Wednesday the Dodgers try to avoid a sweep, and will send their hottest pitcher to the mound in Chad Billingsley.
Since returning from the disabled list Billingsley has allowed two runs in three starts, winning all three games. He has three walks and 13 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings during that span. Billingsley has walked two or fewer batters in each of his last five starts.
Billingsley has pitched at least six innings in each of his last six starts and in 10 of his last 11, and he has quality starts in five of his last six outings.
This is the first start of the year for Billingsley against the Rockies. In his career against Colorado at Dodger Stadium, Billingsley is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in seven starts.
Billingsley is looking to win four straight starts for the first time since May 10-26, 2010. Billingsley also won four straight starts in his first four starts in 2009, as well as from June 17-July 3, 2008.
A.J. Ellis has hit five of his 10 home runs this season in games started by Chad Billingsley, including homering in three of Billingsley's last four starts.
Jeff Francis is back with the Rockies this season after spending last season in Kansas City. He has a career-high 3.4 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season in 12 starts, but he also sports a 6.02 ERA. That includes 18 runs allowed in 18 2/3 innings in his last four starts.
This will be the seventh start for Francis this season on three days rest, and he has lasted at least five innings in five of those starts. On three days rest this season, Francis is 3-2 with a 4.40 ERA, with six walks and 20 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings, with six home runs allowed.
Game Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket