Dodgers @ Rockies Aug. 31, 2016 (Game 1): Let’s (unfortunately) play two

The only thing worse than playing one game in a day at Coors Field is playing two games in a day at Coors Field. The Dodgers will do that today. Thankfully, it’s the final two games they’ll play in this awful baseball stadium in 2016.

Dodgers
Rockies
12:10 p.m. PT
Colorado
LF
Kendrick
CF
 Blackmon
SS
Seager
2B
 LeMahieu
3B
Turner
3B
Arenado
1B
Gonzalez
RF
Gonzalez
RF
Segedin
LF
Dahl
CF
Hernandez
1B
Parra
C
Ruiz SS Adames
2B
Culberson
C
Wolters
P
Stripling (R)
P
Anderson (L)

The Rockies are sticking with lefty Tyler Anderson, while the Dodgers are calling on Ross Stripling to throw the first game. Rich Hill, who was scheduled to start last night, will start the second game.

Stripling has been a bright spot for the Dodger pitching staff this season. After being thrust into the rotation to open the season because of injury, he has done about as well as one could expect from a rookie. His 3.88 FIP is encouraging, as is his 50.8 percent ground ball rate. He’s not going to be a big strikeout guy, but he is showing that, perhaps, he can be a solid back-of-the-rotation starter for years to come.

The lineup is different than the one Dave Roberts put out for yesterday’s scheduled game. The biggest difference: Corey Seager is starting instead of Charlie Culberson. The only reason Culberson was starting at shortstop was because Seager got hit on the hand with a pitch in Monday night’s game and was getting a day off to make sure the hand was OK. But Roberts’ odd and inexplicable fascination with Culberson continues, as he starts at second base. Adrian Gonzalez, also scheduled to get the night off on Tuesday, is in there for Game 1 today. At least Enrique Hernandez isn’t leading off anymore. And like most doubleheaders, both catchers will play. In this case, Carlos Ruiz gets the start against the left-handed pitcher.

Just a little bit of news…

Makes sense, especially since tomorrow is an off-day.

Clayton Kershaw threw to live hitters yesterday at Dodger Stadium. Logic would dictate he gets out to Oklahoma City or Rancho Cucamonga (both made the playoffs) sometime in the next week or so for a rehab start.

All no-brainers. Austin Barnes will be the third catcher, while the bullpen will be bolstered by Louis Coleman, Luis Avilan (also the 26th man for today) and Josh Ravin. Also, Pedro Baez will be back at some point (unfortunately).

This is disconcerting…

/HeavySigh

Take this with a ‘Ralph’-sized grain of salt, but…

It doesn’t exactly take a rocket scientist to know that the Dodgers weren’t going to trade Yasiel Puig before today’s waiver trade deadline.

Also, since there’s time before first pitch, this article is well worth your time.

ThrowsRelieverSat 10/15Sun 10/16Mon 10/17Tue 10/18Wed 10/19Thur 10/20Fri 10/21
LAvilan--OFF-2421OFF
RBaez34-OFF-2727OFF
RBlanton28-OFF13-19OFF
LDayton3-OFF16-12OFF
RFields--OFF-910OFF
RJansen-18OFF21--OFF
RStripling10-OFF-2018OFF
LWood--OFF-32-OFF

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.