Dodgers @ Rockies April 9, 2017: Maybe don’t get swept

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This series … it has not gone very well for the Dodgers. Not only did they drop the first two games, they’ve managed to score a grand total of three runs in 18 innings at the most hitter-friendly ballpark in baseball. Now they have to deal with yet another left-handed pitcher.

Dodgers
Rockies
12:10 p.m.
Denver, Colo.
2B
Forsythe
CF
Blackmon
SS
Seager
LF
Parra
3B
Turner
RF
González
LF
Gutiérrez
3B
Arenado
RF
Puig
SS
Story
1B
González
1B
Reynolds
CF
Hernández 2B Amarista
C
Barnes
C
Wolters
P
Maeda (R)
P
Anderson (L)

Tyler Anderson, who made his major league debut in June of last year, faced the Dodgers three times in 2016. He was effective every time out, pitching into the seventh in each game and never allowing more than two runs. Like yesterday’s starter, Jon Gray, Anderson was actually better at Coors last year than he was on the road. Also like Gray, the success Anderson has enjoyed may in part be due to his ability to induce ground balls — last season, he did so at a rate of 50.9%.

Anderson will see a lineup of mostly righties, with Franklin Gutiérrez once again hitting cleanup, and Joc Pederson sitting for Enrique HernándezAustin Barnes spells Yasmani Grandal for the day.

Kenta Maeda gets the ball for the Dodgers. He made three starts in Colorado last year, and fared pretty well, allowing a total of four runs in 17 innings. Overall, Maeda allowed just a .186/.231/.291/.522 slash line to Rockies batters last season.

Between Anderson and Maeda, this has the potential to be yet another low-scoring game at Coors. Of course, now that I say that, the final score will be something like 14-12.

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Not much other Dodger news this morning, besides this:

Classic Pedro Báez, taking longer to do something than expected.

About Sarah Wexler

Sarah Wexler

Sarah Wexler is a native Angeleno and longtime Dodger fan. She began blogging about baseball in 2012 on her Tumblr, New Grass On The Field, where she covered an array of topics but especially enjoyed exploring baseball history. She now writes for The Hardball Times, FanGraphs and Sporting News, and co-hosts a podcast, The Hardball Times Audio. She recently earned her master’s degree in Sports Management from Cal State Long Beach. She graduated from New York University in 2014 with a bachelor’s in History and a minor in American Studies. She’s an avid Springsteen fan, which is a big boost to her baseball writer cred.