The Dodgers begin their final road trip of the regular season with a three-game series against the Rockies. Here is a look at the probable pitching matchups for a potential division-clinching weekend set at Coors Field.
The pitchers won't include Jon Gray or Jorge De La Rosa, both of whom have been shut down for the remainder of the season by Colorado.
Friday, 5:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Mike Bolsinger has had a rough time in sporadic use since rejoining the team in September, allowing seven runs on 12 hits in eight innings over his last two starts, with more walks (seven) than strikeouts (five). But he's on regular four days rest on Friday night; the last time he pitched on four days rest was Aug. 29 with Triple-A Oklahoma City, when he struck out 11 over seven scoreless innings. His last start on regular rest at the major league level was on July 22 at Atlanta, and he allowed just one unearned run in seven innings in that game.
David Hale, who got the win in relief in the 16-inning marathon at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 15, makes his first start since Aug. 29. He has allowed at least three runs in all 10 of his starts in 2015, and sports a 6.32 ERA on the year. The Dodgers got him for four home runs in six innings, including three home runs in the second game of a double header on June 2, though Hale did strike out five and walked none.
Saturday, 5:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Brett Anderson will make his 30th start of the season, matching his career high, set way back in his 2009 rookie campaign. The left-hander needs 6⅔ innings to match his 2009 innings total, though he has pitched into the seventh inning just once in his last nine starts.
Kyle Kendrick has a 6.37 ERA in 25 starts, and his adjusted ERA+ of 74 is the lowest in Rockies history among any pitchers with at least 100 innings in a season. At Coors Field in 2015 Kendrick has a 7.35 ERA, with 20 home runs allowed in 12 starts. He is 0-3 against the Dodgers this season in three starts, with 13 runs allowed in 17 innings, with more walks (11) than strikeouts (eight).
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Alex Wood has four quality starts in his last five outings, including eight shutout innings against the Rockies on Sept. 16, allowing just one single while retiring his final 19 batters faced. But that was in Los Angeles; on July 12 with the Braves, Wood allowed seven runs in 5⅔ innings in a loss in Denver.
Chris Rusin in his last four home starts has run the gamut, with two complete-game wins, including one shutout, and also one two-inning start in which he allowed 11 runs. The Dodgers are 22-18 against left-handed starting pitchers this season.