Rockies @ Dodgers June 29, 2018: Anderson vs Hill

Photo: Stacie Wheeler

We don’t really have to talk about yesterday’s game, do we? Chad had a very thorough and apt recap, so we should just leave that in the yesterday. Today, the Dodgers begin their final series of the month of June as the Colorado Rockies come into town. The Dodgers are 17-7 in June and have 53 home runs in the 24 games, which seems good. They’ve hit 50 or more home runs in each of the last two months and with a home run tonight or tomorrow night, will set a new franchise record for most home runs in a month.

Rockies
Dodgers
7:10 PM
Los Angeles
2B
LeMahieu
SS
Taylor
CF
Blackmon
CF
Hernández
3B
Arenado
3B
Turner
SS
Story
1B
Bellinger
LF
Desmond
LF
Kemp
C
Iannetta
2B
Forsythe
RF
Cuevas RF Puig
1B
Valaika
C
Barnes
P
Anderson (L)
P
Hill (L)

Rich Hill is making his third start since returning from the Disabled List earlier this month. His first was his best of the season, as allowed three hits in six shutout innings against the Cubs. His success didn’t carry over to New York, as the Mets put up four runs in five innings. So far this season, Hill has thrown a fastball 56.3 percent of the time, his highest fastball usage rate since 2008. His 38.6 percent curveball usage is his lowest since 2009, so this could be a reason he’s struggled to perform this season. With the rotation finally getting healthy, Hill could be pitching to keep his spot in the rotation today.

Lefty Tyler Anderson makes his 17th start of the season for the Rockies today. Like most Rockies pitchers, Anderson has struggled of late. He allowed seven runs in 11 1/3 innings over his last two starts against the Mets and Marlins, both at Coors Field. In his last two starts on the road, Anderson allowed three runs in 14 innings. Anderson started the first game of June against the Dodgers in Colorado, and allowed five runs in five innings in a game the Dodgers would win 11-8.

With both teams throwing lefty starters, each lineup only features one left-handed bat (Charlie Blackmon and Cody Bellinger). This means that Max Muncy and Joc Pederson are both out of the lineup for the Dodgers, and Gerardo Parra and Carlos Gonzalez are out of the lineup for the Rockies.

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The Dodgers opted to give Walker Buehler a rehab outing yesterday against the Cubs, partly because a number of relievers were unavailable. It did not go well for Buehler, and the Dodgers once again have a short bullpen.

Buehler threw 35 pitches and allowed five runs while managing to record three outs, none via strikeout. He was pulled after beginning the seventh inning by allowing two doubles and a walk, which led to Erik Goeddel getting lit up (shouts to me for the jinx). Caleb Ferguson finished off the final two innings of the game in 34 pitches, but neither will be available for the near future. Why the Dodgers wouldn’t just option Buehler to the minors, no one may ever know.

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Things are going well with Clayton Kershaw, and he’ll make his next start on schedule Tuesday against Pittsburgh.

Kershaw looked good yesterday and his velocity was nearing normal, so at least that was nice to see.

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.