The Dodgers are now in Denver, set to battle the first-place Rockies for a four-game series to open a seven-game road trip. Here is a look at the schedule and starting pitching matchups for the weekend set at Coors Field.
Thursday, 5:40 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Hyun-jin Ryu slides back into the Dodgers starting rotation, activated from the disabled list after getting a 10-day rest. Believe it or not, the Dodgers have won their last four games against left-handed starters, and that doesn’t include the two wins in two tries they have against Tyler Anderson, who has allowed nine runs in 10 innings to the Dodgers this season.
Friday, 5:40 p.m. (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Clayton Kershaw gets an extra day of rest after throwing a season-high 118 pitches last Saturday in San Diego. Tyler Chatwood has yet to face the Dodgers this season, but five starts against the National League West he is 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA.
Saturday, 5:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Alex Wood has struck out 19 of his 42 batters faced (45.2%) in May, and since walking five Cubs on Apr. 10 in Chicago Wood has four total walks in five starts, including one intentional pass.
Monday’s rainout threw a wrench into Colorado’s weekend rotation plans, with both Kyle Freeland and Antonio Senzatela unable to pitch on regular rest until Sunday. The Rockies could turn to Jeff Hoffman, Baseball America’s 27th-best prospect in baseball, to start Saturday, or could go with lefty Chris Rusin, per Thomas Harding of MLB.com.
Sunday, 12:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Julio Urias is coming off the longest start of his professional career, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. He made one appearance at Coors Field in 2016, allowing three runs in three innings in relief on Aug. 3.
Colorado could turn to either Senzatela or the lefty Freeland in the series finale, which will likely be announced later Thursday. Both have combined for a 2.89 ERA in 14 starts. Senzatela has lasted six or more innings in his last six starts, and Freeland has done so in his last four.