Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers
Time: 7:10 PM PT
Venue: Dodger Stadium
Colorado Record: 82-68
Los Angeles Record: 83-68
How are the Dodgers Doing?
The Dodgers opened their series with a bang with an 8-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Joc Pederson went deep twice, while Max Muncy added his 33rd home run of the season. Hyun-Jin Ryu picked up his fifth victory of the year after throwing seven shutout innings.
Why is this Game Important?
The back-and-forth race in the division continues between the Rockies and the Dodgers. While Los Angeles holds a half game lead in the NL West, neither team has led by more than 1.5 games at any point this year. This series is the final scheduled matchup between Colorado and Los Angeles this year.
Clayton Kershaw (8-5, 2.51 ERA) vs Kyle Freeland (15-7, 2.96 ERA)
Clayton Kershaw won each of his last two starts and has won his last five decisions. He allowed three runs on eight hits in his last start in St. Louis. The startling fact is that Tuesday could potentially be Kershaw’s last regular season start pitching at home for the Dodgers. He can opt out of his contract at the end of the year and his final two starts of the year are scheduled to be in Arizona and San Francisco.
Kyle Freeland will face the Dodgers for the fourth time this year. He has a 1-1 record with a 2.79 ERA in three starts against Los Angeles in 2018, with the Rockies winning two of those games. The Rockies have won 13 of Freeland’s last 14 starts.
Matchup of the Day
Justin Turner vs Kyle Freeland
The matchup lies in Justin Turner’s favor as he faces off against Kyle Freeland. Turner is batting .550 in 21 plate appearances against Freeland with three doubles. He went 2-3 in the series opener on Monday.
Los Angeles: 3.9
Los Angeles: -190
Los Angeles: 60% chance of winning
Rockies: 40% chance of winning
The Rockies remain the only MLB team to have never won a division in their franchise’s history.
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