Tonight the Dodgers face off again against the Colorado Rockies in their second game of the 3-game series. Last night was nail-biting television, and as Orel Hershiser said as we watched into extras and contemplated the next two weeks of baseball, “You’re gonna have this feeling for a long time, folks.”
But certainly not just Dodgers and Rockies fans will be paying attention to what happens at Coors stadium. Each game now comes with the additional work for Giants fans of toggling between games and scores for their own team and the Dodgers. With the Giants and Dodgers currently still separated by just one game, each game is a chance for the Dodgers to close the gap entirely.
Rockies manager Bud Black when asked by Patrick Saunders at the Denver Post on the Rockies’ ability to influence the postseason: “That’s what I love about baseball… other teams are watching. Other teams care greatly about what’s going on outside of their own ballpark, because it impacts them.”
A little bit of an understatement perhaps. Particularly when the Rockies surprisingly took 2 of 3 from the Dodgers at home just a few weeks ago, and last night Coors Field showed off its normal tricks.
Tonight Walker Buehler (14-4) takes the mound for the Dodgers. He’s had a couple of rough outings in recent weeks — first against the Giants and last week against Cincinnati. Both games were away, so he’ll be hoping to nip any question of his on-road performance and show he’s back on track. His ERA crept up to 2.39 in the last couple of weeks. (2.19 home, 2.67 away), still third best in baseball, dropping slightly behind teammate Max Scherzer and the infamous Corbin Burnes of Milwaukee. The Rockies are hitting .174 off of him this year.
RHP German Márquez (12-10, 4.16 ERA) will start for the Rockies. The Dodgers have only faced Márquez once this year, but historically Mookie Betts, Max Muncy, and Corey Seager have hit pretty well against him. Hopefully the bats from the rest of the order are able to contribute as well as that was a key part of the win last night.
Teams: Los Angeles Dodgers (97-54) vs. Colorado Rockies (70-80)
Start time: 5:40 p.m.
Location: Coors Field
Network: SportsNet LA