Rockies @ Dodgers June 30, 2018: Marquez vs Maeda on FOX

Photo: Stacie Wheeler

While the Dodger offense was mostly lifeless against Tyler Anderson last night, Rich Hill was excellent on the mound and a ninth-inning Justin Turner home run gave the Dodgers their 54th home run of June, setting a new franchise record. The Dodgers also didn’t leave any runners in scoring position, partly because they failed to get any runners in scoring position. Hill, Scott Alexander and Yimi Garcia each allowed one solo home run, and that gave the Dodgers their second straight loss. The Dodgers also played the game with only 24 available players, because after I complained about it in the thread, they sent Walker Buehler to Single A-Rancho Cucomonga and didn’t call anyone up. Brim wrote about how icky this all feels earlier today.

Rockies
Dodgers
4:15 PM
Los Angeles
2B
LeMahieu
CF
Pederson
CF
Blackmon
3B
Muncy
3B
Arenado
LF
Kemp
RF
Gonzalez
1B
Bellinger
SS
Story
C
Grandal
LF
Parra
RF
Puig
1B
Desmond SS Hern√°ndez
C
Iannetta
2B
Utley
P
Marquez (R)
P
Maeda (R)

Kenta Maeda is coming off one of his best starts of the season against Chicago. He kept the Cubs off the board through seven innings and allowed only three hits and one walk while striking out nine. This was coming off a start in Chicago during which Maeda walked five and allowed five hits and three runs in only 3 2/3 innings. That last outing was the second time this season Maeda had completed seven or more innings after doing so four times all last season. Last time Maeda faced the Rockies, he struck out 12 batters in 6 2/3 innings and made 111 pitches, the most he’s ever made in the majors.

Like most Rockies pitchers, Marquez fares much better away from Coors Field. His overall numbers aren’t great, with a 5.53 ERA in 83 innings this season. However, in 41 innings on the road, Marquez has a 3.07 ERA. He’s thrown one more inning at home than on the road this season, yet has allowed nearly twice as many hits (66 to 31) and more than twice as many runs (37 to 14) at home. These stats hold true against the Dodgers, as he’s faced them once at home and once on the road this season. At Dodger Stadium, Marquez held the Dodgers to two hits and one run through seven innings. At Coors, he allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.

With righties on the mound for both teams, each lineup looks more normal than last night. For the Dodgers, both Turner and Chris Taylor sit. Chase Utley starts at second with Max Muncy starting at third. For the Rockies, Carlos Gonzalez and Gerardo Parra are back in the lineup after sitting yesterday.

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The Dodgers have 25 players today.

JT Chargois is back. He was great early on in his Dodger career, but in his final five outings before being demoted, he allowed seven earned runs in 3 2/3 innings and allowed two inherited runners to score. Not ideal. In 15 innings at Triple A-OKC after being demoted, Chargois allowed 13 hits and three earned runs. He only struck out nine and walked seven.

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Back to Buehler.

It seemed logical for the Dodgers to pump the breaks on Buehler a little. He’s on an inning limit this season, and if he’s going to pitch late in the season or in the postseason, they were going to have to start skipping starts or throw him into relief. A demotion is certainly one way of doing that. He did not look sharp in relief on Thursday, so hopefully he builds back up to what he was before the rib injury.

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Today’s game will be on Fox, but Joe Davis will not be on the call. Shadows will be talked about.

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.