Cody Bellinger is back in the Dodgers lineup after missing two games with soreness from a non-displaced fracture in his ribs, set to roam the spacious outfield at Coors Field. The rest of the lineup is mostly the same as it has been for the last week, with Chris Taylor the one sitting, at least to start things, on Tuesday.
With one final series against the Rockies, let’s look at how some Dodgers have done this year against Colorado.
Seven Dodgers regulars have an OPS of at least .930 against the Rockies in 2021, including Trea Turner in all of three games. Catcher Will Smith has been the best, hitting an absurd .457/.545/.914.
|1B||Muncy (L)||RF||Blackmon (L)|
|LF||Lux (L)||3B||McMahon (L)|
Smith and Justin Turner (.294/.393/.608) have 15 runs batted in against Colorado this season. They have three games left to pad those numbers, with a lofty goal to reach. Adrián Beltré drove in 23 runs against the Rockies in 2004, a Dodgers record for one season against their mile-high foes. Only two other Dodgers have reached 20 RBI against the Rockies in a season — Mike Piazza (21) in 1997, and Eric Karros (20) in 2002.
This year the Dodgers in Denver have been even better, winning five of seven games while averaging a shade over seven runs per contest. A few have stood out at Coors Field in 2021:
- Mookie Betts: 12-for-23, six doubles, home run, nine runs scored, two walks in five games
- Smith: 9-for-15, three doubles, two home runs, 10 RBI, three walks
- Corey Seager: 8-for-12, two doubles, four walks
The Dodgers offense gets its fourth crack this year at Antonio Senzatela, who allowed 12 runs in just six innings in his two April starts against Los Angeles, both losses. But the right-hander has been much better of late, including pitching seven scoreless innings in a win August 29 at Dodger Stadium.
That’s one of seven straight quality starts for Senzatela, who has a 2.60 ERA during that span.