The Rockies set their starting rotation for the rest of the week, including this weekend at Dodger Stadium, per Danielle Allentuck of the Denver Gazzette:
Rotation for this weekend in LA: Chi Chi González on Friday, Kyle Freeland on Saturday, Jon Gray on Sunday. Chi Chi will stay in the rotation for now, but will likely move back to the bullpen once Senzatela is back from the COVID list— Danielle Allentuck (@d_allentuck) July 20, 2021
That’s the same three starting pitchers the Dodgers faced last weekend at Coors Field. Chi Chi González allowed seven runs on nine hits in four innings in a loss on Friday, but Kyle Freeland (six innings, three runs) and Jon Gray (seven innings, two runs) followed with quality starts.
Colorado had Monday off as well as Thursday this week, with a two-game interleague series against the Mariners in between Dodgers series.
Vin Scully talked about mourning the loss of his wife Sandi with Bill Plaschke at the Los Angeles Times: “I wouldn’t want to dwell on how I feel much more than, you can imagine, anybody can imagine, when you lose your partner, the loss is overwhelming, and then eventually you come to grips with it,” he said. “As of right now, I would say that I’m healing to reality, and I will try to do the best that I can for as long as I have.”
Before Josiah Gray’s debut on Tuesday, Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Barry at Baseball Prospectus provided a scouting report of the Dodgers’ 23-year-old right-hander.
The FanGraphs trade value series from Ben Clemens and Kevin Goldstein continues, with Will Smith ranked 33rd. “Every time we sent this list out to a team, they came back and asked for Smith to move higher,” Clemens wrote. “I’m not a huge fan of putting catchers high on the list, if only for playing time reasons, but Smith does everything so well, and at such a compelling value, that some people had him even higher than this.”
Emma Baccilieri at Sports Illustrated profiled a trio of bad days at the office around MLB on Monday, including old friend Ross Stripling allowing six runs while recording only one out against Boston.
Tuesday’s game between the Orioles and Rays featured the first all-women broadcast crew in major league history, including former Dodgers reporter Alanna Rizzo. At FanGraphs over the weekend, Ashley MacLennan looked back at the long road baseball took to get to this point.
The Oklahoma City Dodgers caught up with catcher Tim Federowicz before he joined Team USA for the Olympics in Tokyo: