Colorado Rockies: This is the most important series of the season so far
Despite all these frustrating inconsistencies, the Rockies are still in first place, with a chance to make a statement this weekend against the Dodgers in what is shaping out to be the most important series of the season so far.
Maybe it’s a good sign that Colorado has managed to compile 30 wins when so much seems to be going wrong. It feels like the team is just waiting for something to click, and when it does, they will go on a torrid stretch and finally put some distance between them and the teams behind them.
They will have their work cut out for them against Los Angeles.
Although the Dodgers are four games below .500 (26-30), they’ve played better since the return of star third baseman Justin Turner.
If the Rockies sweep the series, they will wake up Monday seven games up on the division favorite Dodgers. If the Dodgers sweep, they’ll sit just 1 game behind Colorado.
Yeah, this is an important series … for both teams.
The Rockies will send out Tyler Anderson on Friday, German Marquez on Saturday, and Bettis on Sunday.
Anderson has not faced the Dodgers yet this season, but he struggled against them in four starts last season.
On May 21, Marquez faced the Dodgers in Los Angeles and gave up one run on two hits over seven outstanding innings in a 2-1 Rockies victory that catapulted them past the Arizona Diamondbacks and into first in the division.
Bettis also pitched well the last time these two teams met, surrendering two runs on three hits over five innings. He left with the lead but a three-run sixth from reliever Bryan Shaw led to a 5-3 loss for the Rockies.
Colorado will need all three pitchers to step up as they seek their first winning homestand of the season.
All eyes will be on Coors Field this weekend as the baseball world attempts to gauge the NL West. Is this the Dodgers’ chance to get hot and capture a sixth-consecutive division title? Or will the Rockies take advantage of their opportunity and begin paving the road to their first division championship in their 25-year history?
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I know its only June 1, but it kinda feels like September, doesn’t it?