The Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t look for any breaks after winning their first game since clinching the NL West. Now, Dan Haren takes the mound Saturday night as the Dodgers look to continue their strong season finish.
On the year, Haren holds a 13-11 record with a 4.03 ERA and has pitched well over the last month. In his last six starts, his ERA had been solid at 1.89 and he’s picked up three wins along the way to only one loss and a pair of no-decisions.
Haren’s one loss in that stretch came at the hands of the Rockies, who tallied five runs off the right-hander in five innings five at Coors Field last week. The outing was the latest in a difficult two-year period against the Rockies where Haren has failed to pick up a win and holds an 11.87 ERA against them.
Starting opposite Haren is be Eddie Butler, who is making just his third career start. Butler’s first start came earlier this season against Dodgers in a game the right-hander injured his shoulder.
The Dodgers were able to score six runs on 10 hits before the Rockies pitcher was pulled from the game. Butler was then placed on the disabled list, and made his return a week ago against the Arizona Diamondbacks. While earning his first career win, Butler held the Diamondbacks to just one run in six innings of work.
As for the Dodgers lineup, Justin Turner remains a starter and slides over to third base one night after manning shortstop. Andre Ethier makes a second consecutive start and Carl Crawford gets a night for rest.
Turner continues to be a solid contributor for the Dodgers and he’s had success against the Rockies. Turner’s seven RBIs against Colorado is the most the infielder has against any team this season.