After winning two of the first three games, the Los Angeles Dodgers will look to avoid a series split in their four-game set against the Colorado Rockies.
The Dodgers send Josh Beckett to the mound, who is 5-5 with a 2.37 ERA this season. Before having his worst start of the season on Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians, Beckett went 3-3 with an impressive 1.15 ERA in seven starts since throwing a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 25.
When Beckett last faced the Rockies, back in April, he gave up two runs in eight innings of work in a Dodgers’ extra-innings loss.
As for the Rockies, they call on rookie Yohan Flande to make his third Major League start. Flande is 0-1 with a 6.10 ERA. Colorado’s pitching staff is the worst in all of baseball with a 5.02 ERA.
However, the Rockies can make up for a lack of pitching with their offense. Colorado leads the majors with .282 team batting average and they’ve scored the most runs among all NL teams as well.
Troy Tulowitzki is batting a Major League best .350 with an NL second-best 18 home runs and returns to the lineup after missing the previous two games. However, the Rockies’ slugger is batting just .206 in his last 18 games against Los Angeles.
The Dodgers’ offense struggled against the Rockies on Saturday. Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez each went 2-for-5, but the rest of the Dodgers lineup was just 2-for-21. With Ramirez out of Sunday’s lineup, the Dodgers will need production from another source.
Saturday’s loss, coupled with a San Francisco Giants’ win, has the Dodgers entering today with a 0.5-game lead in the NL West standings.
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