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Dodgers face a rubber game with Rockies

LA has yet to lose a series in 2020

MLB: SEP 01 Diamondbacks at Dodgers Photo by Kyusung Gong/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

At 30-11 with a healthy divisional lead, the Dodgers won’t face an actual challenge until the postseason begins. But that’s not to say the final 19 games are meaningless. There are little things, like keeping everybody sharp and healthy heading into October.

And trying to keep their streak of unbeaten series alive.

The Dodgers have played 13 series this season, winning 10 and splitting three. It’s one shy of the club record for consecutive series without a loss to open a season, set in 1977.

Before this series, the Dodgers won all seven three-game series, including sweeps of the Angels, Rockies, and D-backs.

With the expanded playoff format and no real home field advantage, no matter where the postseason is actually played, the fear heading into the playoffs is that a lesser team could get hot and win two of three games against any team, even a team playing as well as the Dodgers.

So far it hasn’t happened yet this regular season for the Dodgers, though the Padres did win the first two games of a four-game series at Dodger Stadium from August 10-13. That’s all it would take for a wild card round knockout.

Which brings us to Sunday, with the Dodgers and Rockies having each won a game in the series. That sets up a rubber game tonight, with the rare 7 p.m. Sunday night start.

It’s the fifth rubber game of the season for the Dodgers, who won the final game to decide these series in interesting fashion:

Julio Urías gets the call for the Dodgers on Sunday night, making the club’s first start on four days rest this season. Ryan Castellani starts for the Rockies. It’s a week after his last start, but he also mixed in a two-inning, 26-pitch relief outing on Wednesday.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network (out of market)