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Series Preview: Dodgers set for four with the Rockies

Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

The Dodgers move their road trip to Denver on Thursday night as they look to put some distance between them and the Rockies in the standings. Colorado was eight games behind in the division as recent as June 28, but have come charging back into the playoff race.

The Rockies have the best record in the National League since June 28, winning 22 of 34 games that includes 10 of 13 within the NL West. Their hot streak has come to a bit of a halt recently though, losing seven of the last 10.

Matchup Breakdown

2018 Splits Dodgers Rockies
2018 Splits Dodgers Rockies
Home/Road W-L 32-24 (Road) 28-26 (Home)
Run Differential plus-96 (T-5th) -21 (17th)
Runs per game 4.72 (8th) 4.68 (10th)
OPS+ 102 (T-9th) 88 (25th)
wRC+ 104 (8th) 85 (26th)
ERA+ 113 (T-6th) 103 (T-14th)

Colorado took two of three at Dodger Stadium at the end of June after losing five of the first six meetings between the two clubs this year. The Dodgers swept a three-game series at Coors Field to begin June, in a typical Coors slugfest, scoring 33 runs that weekend.

Nearly .500 this season at home, the Rockies have turned it on recently with 17 wins in their last 24.

Pitching Probables

Thursday, 5:40 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)

Ross Stripling tries to turn his second half around after giving up nine runs over his last two starts, failing to finish five innings in either. Tyler Anderson makes his third start against the Dodgers this season. The lefty is 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA, allowing five runs in 13 innings.

Friday, 5:40 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)

Like Stripling, Kenta Maeda has also struggled in the second half. The right-hander has allowed 13 runs in 17 innings over three starts since the All-Star break.

Jon Gray goes for the Rockies in his fifth start back since being recalled from a stint to the minors in early July. Gray is 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA over that time and the Rockies have won all four games.

Saturday, 5:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)

Walker Buehler is starting to gather a little momentum as he continues building strength in his return from a rib injury earlier this season. The right-hander has looked more like himself the last two times out. Buehler gave up four runs over five innings back on June 2 at Coors Field in a 12-4 Dodgers win.

Kyle Freeland has been excellent for Colorado, going 10-7 with a 3.04 ERA this year. The lefty has allowed two or less runs in eight of his last 10 starts.

Sunday, 12:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)

The Dodger starter for Sunday hasn’t officially been named yet but it’s likely that it’s Rich Hill. Opposing him will be Chad Bettis, who has given up at least five runs in six of his last eight, including nine in his last start. The Dodgers were one of the six games, putting five on Bettis in a 10-7 win at Coors.