Rockies @ Dodgers July 1, 2018: Dodgers turn to their ace to avoid sweep

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Yesterday’s game looked a lot like Friday night’s game. The offense was completely shut down by the Rockies’ starter, and for the second consecutive night, the Dodgers lost 3-1. They ended June with a 17-9 record, and despite ending the month with three straight losses, the Dodgers remain 3.5 games behind the Diamondbacks in the division.

Rockies
Dodgers
4:15 PM
Los Angeles
2B
LeMahieu
SS
Taylor
LF
Parra
2B
Muncy
3B
Arenado
3B
Turner
RF
Gonzalez
LF
Kemp
SS
Story
1B
Bellinger
1B
Desmond
RF
Puig
CF
Tapia CF Pederson
C
Murphy
C
Barnes
P
Bettis (R)
P
Stripling (R)

Ross Stripling, Dodgers ace, is still a weird thing to type. Stripling is coming off a pair of starts against the Cubs. In Chicago, Stripling had one of his toughest starts of the season, allowing more than two runs for the second time this season and a season-high eight hits. Stripling followed that up with a start at Dodger Stadium against the Cubs. They had seven hits off Stripling, but only managed one run in five innings. Stripling’s four strikeouts was the fewest he’s had in a start this season since his very first spot start on April 30th. Stripling’s command has been a key to his success as a starter. In his last 10 starts, Stripling has walked five batters. He’s walked multiple hitters in two starts and had seven walkless outings. His 3.9 percent walk rate this season is the third-best among pitchers with at least 70 innings thrown this season, and his 28.8 strikeout rate is the 13th-best. Pretty good combination, IMO.

Chad Bettis is a pitcher on the Rockies, so his overall numbers don’t look great. He owns a 5.07 ERA and opponents are OPSing .797 against him. Seven of his 16 starts this season have come at Coors, and in those starts he owns an 8.75 ERA and opponents are OPSing .968 against him. Away from Coors, Bettis has a 2.72 ERA and opponents have a .657 OPS against him. Remember this when he takes a perfect game into the sixth inning today. He pitched at Dodger Stadium on May 22 and held the Dodgers to two runs and three hits in five innings. He also faced the Dodgers at Coors on June 3, and allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

For the Dodgers, both Chris Taylor and Justin Turner are back in the lineup after not starting yesterday. Austin Barnes starts for the second time in this series behind the plate. For the Rockies, Charlie Blackmon gets a day off. Raimel Tapia starts in center a day after being called up while Jon Gray was demoted. Noted Rockies fan Allan had thoughts.

But seriously Dodgers, trade for him.

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Max Muncy is starting at second, which will be a thing moving forward.

Fan-favorite Logan Forsythe will also see starts at second against lefties.

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Dave Roberts will manage the NL All-Star team, and he’s chosen his assistants.

Dave Martinez (Nationals) and Bud Black (Rockies) join Roberts on the coaching staff.

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Pedro Baez hasn’t appeared since June 9 and Tony Cingrani hasn’t appeared since June 6. The bridge to Kenley Jansen has been shaky this season, so having two more options should help the team.

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.