There seemed to be a revival in the Los Angeles Dodgers batting order last night with Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez both going yard as Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig sprinkled in some doubles and Dee Gordon raced around the bases for a triple. Although Brian Wilson struggled out of the bullpen again last night, the Dodgers prevailed over the Rockies 6-3 thanks to the run support.

The difference for Sunday afternoon’s game is that the Dodgers will be without their shortstop. Although his X-rays were negative after his thumb was hit by a pitch over a week ago, Ramirez was taken out of the game with a bruised right thumb. Don Mattingly was planning on resting his shortstop in today’s game before he was taken out of the game last night, but his absence in the batting order will be apparent. Justin Turner will take over at short today which means Dee Gordon will start at second.

Hyun-Jin Ryu takes the mound for the seventh time this season as he looks for his fourth win thus far. Although he hasn’t allowed a run in four of his six starts, the Korean left-hander gave up nine hits to the Phillies last week but was able to work himself out of a handful of jams to allow just two runs. Ryu hopes to give the Dodgers a more dependable start tonight, but fans are never worried with the 27-year-old left-hander on the mound. He has accumulated a 2.12 ERA over 34 innings pitched and has yet to give up a home run so far this season. Ryu looks to tame Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado who is currently amidst a 16-game hitting streak.

Whereas Ryu looks to maintain his consistency, Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa looks to find his consistency. Over his five starts so far on the season, the 33-year-old left-hander has made only one appearance lasting six innings and has made three starts in which he logged just four innings of work. His 7.58 ERA was lowered after his most recent start against the Giants in which De La Rosa hurled five innings allowing one earned run and dishing five strikeouts. The Colorado starter will have an interesting time against the Dodgers righty-infested lineup as he has given up 16 runs over 18.2 innings of work against right-handed batters.

Matt Kemp, who is one of three righties in the outfield today, is batting a career .423 against De La Rosa with three home runs in 26 plate appearances. Adrian Gonzalez has also given the left-handed starter a hard time at the plate batting a career .375 with three homers against him as well.

For the all right-handed outfield, Puig and Kemp will bat second and third, and Scott Van Slyke assumes the six spot. Gonzalez, who logged his 1,500th career hit last night, will bat clean up. After getting a day of rest yesterday, Tim Federowicz is back in the lineup batting eighth.

Dodgers Lineup

2B: Dee Gordon

RF: Yasiel Puig

CF: Matt Kemp

1B: Adrian Gonzalez

3B: Juan Uribe

LF: Scott Van Slyke

SS: Justin Turner

C: Tim Federowicz

P: Hyun-Jin Ryu

Rockies Lineup’

CF: Charlie Blackmon

RF: Brandon Barnes

LF: Carlos Gonzalez

SS: Troy Tulowitzki

1B: Justin Morneau

3B: Nolan Arenado

2B: Josh Rutledge

C: Jordan Pacheco

P: Jorge De La Rosa

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Nadia Tseng is a UCLA student looking to pursue a career in the film or sports industries. A New York sports fan at heart, she co-hosts an MLB talk show for UCLA Radio and is currently an editorial intern for Screen International.

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