The Dodgers return to Denver for the second time this season, this time presumably with better weather than their May trip, which saw a rain-shortened game, one postponement, with the only full game played on a morning that began with Coors Field covered in snow. Here is a look at the probable pitching matchups and the schedule for these four games against the Rockies.
Monday, 5:40 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Clayton Kershaw allowed five runs and 12 runners to reach base in 5⅔ innings in a no-decision in his only start this season at Coors Field, on May 10, including a season-high four walks. Kyle Kendrick has nine walks and seven strikeouts in two starts against the Dodgers this season, both at Dodger Stadium, both losses, with a 5.40 ERA.
Tuesday, 12:10 p.m. Game 1 (SportsNet LA)
The Dodgers haven't announced their starter let for Tuesday's first game, making up a rainout from May 9 in Denver. It will either be Zach Lee, who was pulled after three innings and 40 pitches on Friday, or Joe Wieland, who pitched Thursday and would be on regular rest.
Oklahoma City manager Damon Berryhill gave the standard misdirection answer when it comes to unannounced transactions, per Jacob Unruh of the Oklahoman:
Berryhill said it was just getting Lee extra rest and not the looming doubleheader for Los Angeles at Colorado on Tuesday that led to the decision.
Lee allowed just the one hit and hit a batter. He also struck out two and threw just 40 pitches.
"I just do what they tell me to do," Lee said. "I felt fine. I haven’t heard anything (about the doubleheader)."
Jorge De La Rosa started the Dodgers on their May offensive malaise by shutting them down at Dodger Stadium on May 16, starting a stretch of two runs or fewer in 10 of their last 14 games. The Dodgers got to De La Rosa for five runs in four innings on May 10 at Coors Field, where the left-hander has a 9.98 ERA in four starts this season. In his career he is 45-15 with a 4.18 ERA at Coors Field.
De La Rosa last started on May 21, and was scratched from his last scheduled start with a cut on his throwing hand.
Tuesday, 5:40 p.m. Game 2 (SportsNet LA)
Zack Greinke has allowed exactly one run in five straight starts, including a loss to the Rockies on May 16 at Dodger Stadium. He is 6-2 with a 2.81 ERA in 10 starts against the Rockies since joining the Dodgers, his only two losses during that time against the NL West.
Colorado hasn't announced their starter for the nightcap on Tuesday, but David Hale is in line, having started on Thursday for Triple-A Albuquerque. Hale made one start for the Rockies this season, also in a doubleheader on May 23 against the Giants, allowing three runs (two earned) in 6⅔ innings in a win. For what it's worth, Nick Groke of the Denver Post on Sunday speculated that Hale would get this start for the Rockies.
Wednesday, 5:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA, ESPN2)
Mike Bolsinger struck out six in six scoreless innings against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium on May 17. This will be his first career start at Coors Field. Chad Bettis took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in Philadelphia in his last start, and has 14 strikeouts and just two runs allowed in 16⅓ innings in his last two starts.