The Dodgers face a tough task ahead this weekend at Coors Field, in that their two most struggling starting pitchers will look to get back on track in the thin air in Denver.
Here is a look at the schedule for the three games against the Rockies this weekend.
Friday, 5:40 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Scott Kazmir looks to rebound after a pair of four-inning starts against the Giants, allowing 10 runs in total to San Francisco. Kazmir has started just once at Coors Field, way back in 2007 when he put up a quality start — three runs in six innings — in a win for the Rays.
Rockies top pitching prospect Jon Gray is expected back for the series opener after spending the first part of the season on the disabled list with an abdominal strain. The 24-year-old right-hander, set for his 10th major league start, struck out 11 but allowed five runs (two earned) in 8⅔ innings on a rehab assignment with Class-A Modesto.
Saturday, 5:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Kenta Maeda has excelled in each of his first three starts, one each against three different National League West foes. After allowing one run in 19 innings to open his big league career, Maeda rounds out the division with his first trip to Denver.
Tyler Chatwood is back from Tommy John surgery and has lasted at least six innings in each of his three starts of the season. All he did in his last start was pitch seven scoreless innings against the mighty Cubs on Sunday.
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Alex Wood tries to get back on track but to do so must deliver his first good start in Denver. In two real career starts at Coors Field, all coming in 2015 — one with the Dodgers — Wood has allowed 15 runs on 21 hits in 11 innings, though just one home run.
Jordan Lyles' 2016 season can be broken down into two parts — one seven-inning start on the road with one unearned run allowed, and two home starts that saw him allow 10 runs on 13 hits in eight innings, with equal parts walks (five) and strikeouts (five) at Coors.