LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers play the Rockies for the final time in 2016, with a four-game series beginning Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. Here is a look at the pitching matchups for the weekend series, the Dodgers’ final four home games of the season.
Thursday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, MLB Network at 8 p.m.)
Brett Anderson has allowed 11 runs in four innings in his two major league starts in 2016, both cut short by injuries. The last Dodgers pitcher to begin his season with three straight games giving up at least five runs was Tommy John in 1977.
John won 20 games that season.
Since returning from the disabled list for a mid-back strain, Tyler Chatwood has allowed 14 runs and 20 hits in 16⅔ innings, with 15 strikeouts and four walks.
Friday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA, KTLA, MLB Network)
Scott Kazmir will be back on a major league mound for the first time in 32 days, trying to state his case to be the Dodgers’ Game 4 starter in the playoffs. He split two starts with the Rockies this season, allowing four runs in five innings in Denver on April 22, then striking out 10 in six scoreless innings at home on July 2.
“It's been a tough year for him, but where he's at we're confident he can regain his form and pitch well for us,” manager Dave Roberts said on Wednesday.
Jon Gray has a 3.27 ERA in four starts against the Dodgers in 2016, with 28 strikeouts and 10 walks in 22 innings. That includes scoreless starts in his last two outings against them, at Coors Field. Gray is coming off a career game on Saturday in Denver, throwing a four-hit shutout against the Padres with 16 strikeouts, the latter a Rockies franchise record.
Saturday, 6:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA, KTLA, MLB Network at 7 p.m.)
Clayton Kershaw has a 1.29 ERA in his three starts back from the disabled list, with 17 strikeouts and one walk in 14 innings.
Chad Bettis has eight quality starts in 12 starts since the All-Star break, with a 3.59 ERA during that span, with 52 strikeouts and 27 walks in 72⅔ innings. He allowed four runs in six innings in his only start against the Dodgers this season, a loss on July 2 at Dodger Stadium.
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA, KTLA, MLB Network)
This will probably be Rich Hill though nothing has been finalized, with the Dodgers’ standing possibly affecting things.
"As we get closer and see how the first few days of the Rockies series plays out, things could change,” Roberts said.
Tyler Anderson has shut down the Dodgers twice, allowing two runs in 13⅓ innings in a pair of August starts. The rookie left-hander has weird superficial splits, with a 3.00 ERA (and 3.49 FIP) in 12 starts at Coors Field, and 0-4 with a 5.10 ERA (and 3.77 FIP) in six road starts.