Series Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers vs Colorado Rockies


Sep 15, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies third baseman N. Arenado (28) scores a run beating the throw to Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman A. Gonzalez (23). Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies host the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend, for the final three baseball games of the 2015 season at Coors Field.

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Can you guys even believe we are actually here, and that beginning Friday night the Colorado Rockies will be hosting the final home series of the year at Coors Field? It seems like just yesterday LaTroy Hawkins was blowing that save against the Cubs, allowing an 0-2 home run to Dexter Fowler.

It seems like literally yesterday that the Colorado Rockies traded Troy Tulowitzki… and yet it’s now been two months. Where did this season go?

Sad stuff. I’m going to miss baseball. (Yes, even as bad as the Rockies have played this year.) Anyways, as we always do, here are your probable pitchers, along with some notes on the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Friday, September 25, 6:10 pm
David Hale (4-5, 6.32) vs. Mike Bolsinger (6-4, 3.26)

Saturday, September 26, 6:10 pm
Kyle Kendrick (6-13, 6.37) vs. Brett Anderson (9-9, 3.52)

Sunday, September 27, 2:10 pm
Chris Rusin (5-9, 5.39) vs. Alex Wood (4-5, 3.72)

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The Walking Dead

The Rockies are kind of limping to the finish line here, even with the expanded roster and 77-man bullpen.

Jorge De La Rosa was of course scratched from his start on Wednesday evening against the Pirates, with Christian Bergman replacing him in the rotation for that turn.

And now, David Hale is replacing Yohan Flande in the Friday night game, after Flande has thus far been unable to comeback from a leg injury sustained on a comebacker last Saturday against the San Diego Padres.

In addition to that, Nolan Arenado has been dealing with landing hard on his forehead while diving for a ball Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. All together, combined with the clubs’ record and everything else underwhelming that’s gone on this year… fall can’t come soon enough.

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The Dodgers’ playoff hopes

The Dodgers scuffled a good bit in Arizona earlier this week, when they could’ve easily locked up a playoff berth. Don’t get me wrong; the race for the NL West is over, the Dodgers have won it, and San Francisco will not come back at the end of the year to shock everybody. (I’m pretty sure…)

But at one point this week, the Dodgers had dropped four straight games. No team less than two weeks from the playoffs wants to sustain any long cold stretch — especially a team with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke as your 1-2 punch — and yet, here the Dodgers are.

Thankfully for the Rockies, neither Kershaw nor Greinke are set to throw this weekend. Greinke actually missed his last start with calf soreness, too. But that may work out well for the Dodgers as they get to slow him down a bit immediately before the playoffs, when they’ll need him and Kershaw to be really good, especially considering how poor the Dodgers’ bullpen has been.

Bye bye, Denver!

This is it! Fan Appreciation Day is on Sunday! If you’re in Colorado and you haven’t gone to a game in a couple weeks (or longer?) and you can make it, this weekend is probably the time to go to a Rockies game. You know, if you want to see the club before mid-April 2016.

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