The Dodgers take their road show to Denver to face the slumping Rockies, losers of six straight games. The Dodgers are 9-4 against Colorado this season, including 5-2 at Coors Field. Here is a look at the starting pitching matchups beginning Monday evening in the mile-high city.
Monday, 5:40 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Roberto Hernandez has allowed 17 runs on 24 hits in 18⅓ innings over his last four starts. His one career start at Coors Field was earlier this year, on April 20 with Philadelphia, did not go well, allowing six runs on nine hits in four innings. Christian Bergman is a 26-year-old rookie from St. Francis High School in La Canada and UC Irvine, making his eighth major league start. The right-hander has just 17 strikeouts and nine walks in 38⅔ innings, and in four home starts has allowed 15 runs on 33 hits in 21⅓ innings, a 6.33 ERA.
Tuesday, 5:40 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Dan Haren has made quite a turnaround with 34 strikeouts and seven walks in 42⅓ innings and a 1.70 ERA over his last seven starts, and even if you count the five unearned runs his ERA during that span would still be 2.76. Haren allowed eight runs and had eight strikeouts in his weirdest start of the year, in his only start at Coors Field this season on July 5. Tyler Matzek, another rookie with local ties, from Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, has a 3.76 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 64⅔ innings since the break. The Dodgers beat the left-hander with three runs and 10 hits in five innings on June 16, in his second major league start.
Wednesday, 12:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
While awaiting MRI results on the left shoulder of Hyun-jin Ryu, the Dodgers will turn to Carlos Frias in the afternoon series finale on getaway day. In his one previous major league start, also on a Wednesday afternoon start, Frias pitched six scoreless innings on Sep. 3 against the Nationals. Colorado will turn to Jorge De La Rosa, who is 9-2 with a 3.30 ERA in 14 home starts this season. The Rockies recently extended the 33-year-old left-hander through 2016. With 72 wins and 733 strikeouts in his seven years in Colorado, he is just four wins and 40 strikeouts away from the all-time franchise lead.