After a tough road trip to Miami and Tampa Bay, the Colorado Rockies come home for the first time in 2019, opening their first homestand against the hated division rival Los Angeles Dodgers before welcoming in the Atlanta Braves for three.
Those teams won’t be easy to beat, but the Rockies will have the advantage of playing in Coors Field for the first time. The Dodgers series will be especially important because it gives the Rockies an early opportunity to battle with the team they will be fighting with all season for the division. Additionally, it’s a chance for the club to bounce back after going 3-4 on their first road trip.
In anticipation of the home opener, the guys at Blake Street Ball discussed what needs to happen for the Colorado Rockies to sweep the Dodgers, or at least take the series:
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Without the powerful one-two punch of Kyle Freeland and German Marquez, the Rockies will need to rely on strong performances from Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson, and Chad Bettis to hold the powerful Dodgers offense at bay.
But pitching isn’t the number one concern at the moment. In the final five games of the road trip, the Rockies bats went ice cold with the team struggling to even get anyone on base, let alone across home plate.
But the Rockies have always struggled in both Miami and Tampa Bay so there’s hope that what we saw in the first seven games of the season were merely an anomaly rather than an omen for whats to come for the team.
The Dodgers offense has also been hot to start the season. As a team, they are hitting .289/.388/.557, which is 2nd, 2nd, and best among the 15 teams in the National League.
A series win against the Dodgers would go a long way toward dispelling those fears.