If this weekend was any indication, the NL West race is going to be fun.
The Dodgers split four games in Colorado, and the series was as dynamic as one would expect.
L.A. fell behind by 10 runs in the opener, only to fight back and lose 10-7. The Dodgers got revenge the next two days via Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood. Los Angeles lost the finale Sunday as its pitching failed it. And because Nolan Arenado might be unstoppable.
The Dodgers are batting 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position today. Missed a series of chances in fifth, sixth and seventh.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) May 14, 2017
Hitting with runners on second and third hampered the Dodgers in 2016, and 2017 has been a mixed bag. Sunday’s loss cost L.A. first place, sending it back 1.5 games to the Rockies, and up the same amount on third place Arizona. It’s still only May, but Los Angeles nor Colorado look to be going down anytime soon.
Julio Urias, who typically out-pitches his young age, couldn’t protect a lead Sunday. Chris Hatcher and Sergio Romo didn’t fare much better. It was an odd series for Dodger pitching, with gems thrown between two clunkers.
Los Angeles is 4-5 against Colorado this season. It lost two of three, split a pair then split a four game series. The two won’t meet again until June 23.
Next, the Rockies travel to Minnesota to face a surprising Twins team. The Dodgers square off with the 15-24 San Francisco Giants in the Bay Area before hosting Miami to end the week.