The Dodgers play their first repeat opponent of 2021, welcoming the Rockies for three games at Dodger Stadium beginning Tuesday night.
Colorado’s last visit to Los Angeles produced the only series loss for the Dodgers in all of 2020, with the Rockies winning two of three games last September 4-6. Perhaps revenge is on the mind of the Dodgers this time around, perceived or otherwise. The last series loss before that for the Dodgers was the 2019 NLDS, with the eventual champion Nationals winning in five games. Their return to Dodger Stadium was last weekend, and came with a Dodgers sweep.
Since that Division Series, a lot has happened. The Dodgers are 18-1-4 in regular season series — splitting a pair of two-game series and two four-game series — and of course 4-0 in postseason series. You might remember those.
The Dodgers won three of four games against the Rockies at Coors Field to open the season, including an 11-6 triumph in the first incarnation of Tuesday night’s pitching matchup. On April 2, the Dodgers tagged Antonio Senzatela for seven runs in 3⅓ innings, and built a 10-0 lead before a turbulent landing to the win.
Senzatela kept the Dodgers in the park 11 days ago in Denver, though he did allow three doubles. But in his last four starts at Dodger Stadium, dating back to 2019, the right-hander has allowed seven home runs in 17⅔ innings and 17 runs. The Dodgers have won all four games.
Trevor Bauer allowed a pair of two-run homers in the seventh inning on April 2, but before that allowed no hits in his first six innings. He struck out 10 in that game, and struck out 10 last Wednesday in Oakland, too, joining Karl Spooner (1954) and Yu Darvish (2017) as the only three Dodgers to strike out double digits in each of their first two starts with the team.
No Dodger has done it in their first three starts.
- Teams: Dodgers vs. Rockies
- Location: Dodger Stadium
- Time: 7:10 p.m. PT
- TV: SportsNet LA