The Dodgers are back home with the Rockies in town for a weekend of divisional play at Dodger Stadium. The rapidly-changing Dodgers rotation features a newcomer in the opener. Here is a look at the probable starting pitchers this weekend in Los Angeles.
Friday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Bud Norris makes his Dodgers debut, the 10th starting pitcher used by the team in 2016. Norris allowed just one run in five innings at Dodger Stadium on June 4, though he had more walks (four) than strikeouts (two). Since that start, Norris walked four total batters in four starts, with 27 strikeouts and a 2.22 ERA during that span.
Jorge De La Rosa has had a terrible year so far with a 6.47 ERA, but he has been much better of late. In his last four games, including three starts, De La Rosa is 4-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 22 innings. The left-hander is the Rockies all-time franchise leader in wins (83) and strikeouts (926). Friday will be his 186th start for Colorado, passing Jeff Francis for second place on the franchise list, 20 shy of leader Aaron Cook.
Saturday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Scott Kazmir has a 3.97 ERA in eight starts at home this season, with 51 strikeouts and 16 walks in 45⅓ innings Chad Bettis has a 5.84 ERA on the season, and has allowed nine home runs in nine road starts, compared to only three home runs in seven stars at Coors Field in 2016.
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts after Thursday's game in Milwaukee would only commit to Norris and Kazmir in his weekend rotation, with Sunday still TBA. But unless the club makes another acquisition or calls someone up, this start will likely go to Julio Urias, though perhaps the issue is trying to find him extra rest after setting a professional high with 100 pitches thrown in six innings on Tuesday.
Jon Gray has had a solid rookie season in his own right, and the future ace has lasted seven innings in six of his last 10 starts. He has a 3.45 ERA in his last seven starts, with 44 strikeouts in 44⅓ innings, but he has also allowed at least one home run in each of those games, nine in all, after giving up only two long balls in his first six starts of the year.