After failing to complete a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, the Los Angeles Dodgers now open up a three-game set against the Colorado Rockies.
Los Angeles hands the ball to Hyun-jin Ryu, who is 7-3 with a 3.33 ERA this season. Pitching at home can be an advantage as the left-hander is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in his past two starts at Dodger Stadium.
Ryu is 2-2 with a 4.70 ERA in four career starts against the Rockies. However his last outing against them was a loss as Ryu gave up six runs over five innings. He was then placed on the disabled list retroactive to April 28.
As for the Rockies, they call on Tyler Matzek. The young left-hander makes his second career start. In his MLB debut on June 11 against the Atlanta Braves, Matzek gave up just two runs on five hits while striking out seven in seven innings of work, leading the Rockies to an 8-2 victory.
The Rockies have been surging of late and will look to earn their sixth straight win. In their last five games, Colorado has scored 7.6 runs a contest with a .325 batting average as a team. Their starting pitching has also been impressive, posting a 3.60 ERA.
Offensively, the Rockies have been carried by Charlie Blackmon and Troy Tulowitzki. In their previous four games Blackmon has a home run with four RBI’s and five runs scored while Tulowitzki is 7-for-12.
The red hot Rockies can serve as a problem as the Dodgers come into Monday’s game with the second worst home record in all of the majors at 15-20. The Arizona Diamondbacks are the worst at 12-24.
The Dodgers come into Monday’s contest 6.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West standings.
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