Dodgers @ Rockies June 2, 2018: Buehler vs. Marquez, Part 2

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The Dodgers won a very Coors-y game last night, as they scored nine runs in five innings off Tyler Anderson and Brooks Pounder. Dennis Santana made his Major League debut, coming on in relief of opener Scott Alexander. He showed some really good flashes, but allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings. He still got the #win though. Today, the Dodgers look for their 12th win in their last 16 games and their fourth win in five games against the Rockies this season.

Dodgers
Rockies
4:15 p.m.
Denver, CO.
SS
Taylor
2B
LeMahieu
3B
Turner
CF
Blackmon
C
Grandal
3B
Arenado
LF
Kemp
RF
González
1B
Bellinger
SS
Story
CF
Pederson
LF
Parra
RF
Puig 1B Desmond
2B
Valera
C
Wolters
P
Buehler (R)
P
Márquez (R)

Walker Buehler makes his first career start at Coors today. He’s making his eighth start of the season, and the first seven have gone about as well as anyone could have hoped. Among pitchers with 40 or more innings pitched this season, Buehler has the 10th-lowest ERA (2.20), third-lowest FIP (2.15), fourth-lowest SIERA (2.75) and 13th-highest K% (30.0) in the majors. Almost as impressively, Ross Stripling is basically pitching like Buehler this season (fourth, fourth, sixth and 12th, respectively). The 1-2 punch we all suspected entering the season.

Buehler’s coming off two consecutive seven inning outings. The first was against these Rockies at Dodger Stadium, and he needed 90 pitches to throw seven innings of one-run, two-hit ball. Last time out against the Padres, Buehler needed 93 pitches to throw seven innings of one-run, four-hit ball. His innings and pitch count will continue to be a story throughout the season. He’s at 41 innings in the Majors (and has officially graduated from prospect status) and 13 innings in the Minors (54 total, for you non-math-nerds out there).

Cody Bellinger gets the start at first for the first time since Buehler’s last start, May 27th. Dustin wrote good words for True Blue LA about how he should remain at first base. Max Muncy is out of the lineup today, which makes that an easy thing to do today. Breyvic Valera gets his third start of the season, his second at second base today.

German Marquez starts opposite Buehler as he did on May 21st. He, like Buehler, allowed two hits and one run in seven innings. His only blemish was a Max Muncy home run, because that’s a not-weird thing to say in 2018 apparently. Marquez’s good start at Dodger Stadium wasn’t a surprise, as he’s only allowed eight runs in 35 innings in his road starts this season. At Coors, Marquez has allowed 19 runs in 22 innings. Marquez’s last start came at Coors, but he held the Reds to one run and five hits in seven innings. It was the first time this season Marquez had completed five innings at home.

The Rockies roll out a similar lineup to yesterday, with the only change being Tony Wolters behind the plate instead of Chris Iannetta. Marquez and Gerardo Parra were the only two Rockies to reach base against Buehler on May 21st.

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The Dodgers made another roster move, moving Hyun-Jin Ryu to the 60-Day DL.

P.J. Conlon was designated for assignment by the Mets on Wednesday after making two starts for the Mets. The 30-year-old allowed seven runs and 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings in his two road starts against the Reds and the Braves. Conlon also struggled in Triple A this season, as he allowed 29 runs in 39 2/3 innings.

Conlon is the first Belfast native to play in the Majors in more than 100 years. His delivery has a bit of weirdness to it, as he drops his arm way behind his back during his windup.

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The Dodgers’ DL rotation would arguably be one of the better rotations in baseball. Kenta Maeda should return soon, but reinforcements are on the way. The interesting tidbit in this tweet is that Julio Urias reportedly could be ready to return to the hill in late July. I wouldn’t expect much out of him on the Major League side, but it will be nice to see him make a few Minor League starts and hopefully finish the 2018 season healthy.

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A quick reminder than fans in many of the west coast markets, including Los Angeles, will be able to watch today’s game on Fox with no blackouts. Joe Davis won’t be on the call, but neither will Charlie Steiner, so I’ll count it as a win.

About Alex Campos

Alex Campos
I'm a writer that has blogged at a whole bunch of places about a whole bunch of sports. I was most recently writing for Chavez Ravine Fiends, but was also the former editor at Dodgers Way. I graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Marketing. At Long Beach, I covered the Dirtbags in the 2014 season as an assistant sports editor at the Daily 49er.