Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers: Five Players To Watch
By Kevin Henry
Coming off a series where the Colorado Rockies took three of four games in San Francisco for the first time in franchise history from the Giants, the Rockies were rewarded with their first off day of the season.
After resting up on Monday, the Rockies now face the task of taking the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine for the first time in 2017. Colorado took two of three meetings from the Dodgers in their first encounter of the season at Coors Field from April 7-9.
In Tuesday’s series opener, Colorado is expected to send left-hander Kyle Freeland (1-1, 5.91 ERA) to the hill against southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-2, 5.79 ERA). The two squared off on April 7 in the home opener at Coors Field, which was also Freeland’s Major League debut. Freeland earned the win by throwing six innings of four-hit baseball and allowing just one run. Ryu certainly didn’t throw poorly in taking the loss that day, allowing just two runs and six hits in 4.2 innings of work.
On Wednesday in the finale of the two-game series, Tyler Anderson (1-2, 8.59 ERA) is tentatively slated to start for the Rockies against Clayton Kershaw (2-1, 2.53 ERA). Anderson, a left-hander, gave up five hits and five runs against the Dodgers on April 9. Kershaw, meanwhile, was tagged for four runs and eight hits on April 8 as the Rockies registered three home runs against him in a 4-2 Colorado win.
So who are five players who will be key for the Rockies during these two big games against the Dodgers? Let’s take a look…