Dodgers @ Rockies October 1, 2017: Meaningless baseball

The Dodgers (103-58) have secured the best record in baseball, home field advantage throughout the postseason, and the most wins in Los Angeles history. The Rockies (87-74) have secured the second Wild Card spot. All of the spots in the first round of the postseason have been spoken for, so all games being played today are, for all intents and purposes, glorified exhibitions. But it’s also the last stress-free game we’ll have until Spring Training. So let’s enjoy it. Things are gonna get real in a mere five days.

Dodgers
Rockies
12:10 p.m. PT
Colorado
CF
Taylor
CF
Blackmon
SS
Seager
RF
Tapia
3B
Turner
3B
Arenado
1B
Bellinger
LF
Parra
LF
Hernández
1B
Desmond
2B
Forsythe
C
Lucroy
C
Grandal SS Valaika
RF
Puig
2B
Amarista
P
Stripling (R)
P
Freeland (L)

Despite what Dave Roberts said a couple of days agoRoss Stripling (3.86 ERA, 3.65 FIP, 3.99 DRA) is, indeed, starting this game. It will be his second start of the year, although he’s only expected to last a couple of innings. This will mark the fourth time in Stripling’s career that he’s pitched at Coors Field. In 10 IP, he’s allowed three runs on 11 hits and two walks. Most recently, he pitched a clean frame against the Rockies in his inning of work in Friday’s game.

Rookie southpaw Kyle Freeland (4.06 ERA, 4.57 FIP, 5.92 DRA) is starting against the Dodgers for the fourth time this season. In 17 IP, he’s allowed seven runs on 18 hits and 9 walks while striking out 12. The Rockies won his April start in Los Angeles, and split his two starts against the Dodgers at Coors Field.

Today’s Dodger lineup is actually pretty normal looking, although we shouldn’t expect the starters to last too long (and it may be Kenley Jansen making the moves). Perhaps the only real thing to watch for today is whether or not Cody Bellinger will make it to 40 home runs. He’s been stuck at 39 for a week now, and while he’s already got sole possession of the National League rookie record, it would be cool to see him reach the 40 mark.

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One player we likely won’t see today is Austin Barnes, who had a rather painful incident last night:

Looking once again to the Division Series, as announced yesterday, the team is indeed lining up to have Rich Hill start NLDS Game 2 at home and Yu Darvish start Game 3 on the road:

As for Alex Wood‘s fate…

…it’s still a bit up in the air, but there’s a chance he’ll get work both out of the bullpen and as a starter.

Oh, and they’re still saying this about Clayton Kershaw:

I’d very much like that to be true (and for the team to not consider it necessary), but we’ll see.

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.