The Los Angeles Dodgers look to get back on track as they begin a seven-game road trip, starting in Colorado. Hyun-Jin Ryu gets the start against the Rockies and looks to continue his recent success, having won his last three starts since coming off the disabled list.
In his last start against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Ryu gave up 10 hits but limited the damage to just two runs over six innings in a 12-2 Dodgers victory. However, Ryu’s last start against the Rockies didn’t go well as he allowed six runs, five earned in a 6-1 loss that was followed by a trip to the DL.
Ryu has done well on the road this season and enters Friday’s game with a 4-0 record and 0.56 ERA. Ryu has only pitched at hitter-friendly Coors Field twice in his career and has a 1-1 record with a 3.60 ERA.
Taking the mound for the Rockies tonight and making his Major League debut is top prospect Eddie Butler, who was called up this week from Double-A Tulsa. The right-hander went 3-0 in his last four minor league starts. The rookie looks to help a Rockies starting rotation that has struggled this season and holds a collective 7.35 ERA.
The Dodgers bats will also look to get something going after being limited to only two hits on Wednesday’s 2-1 loss. Matt Kemp has struggled mightily since being placed in left field and Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez are 2-for-28 in four games this month. Perhaps in an effort to jump start the offense, manager Don Mattingly has Ramirez batting second in the lineup.
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