Dodgers @ Rockies April 5, 2019: So, we meet again Coors Field

Photo: Daniel Brim

The Dodgers (5-2) had some shaky moments during their first homestand of the season, but their red hot offense helped them overcome some early season bullpen woes to win the first two series against the D-backs and Giants. They lead the NL in slugging percentage (.557), OPS (.945), and have hit the most home runs in the majors (18).

The Rockies (3-4) are glad to be home. Their offense
(.197/.245/.283/.528) has struggled through the first seven games. Granted they had to face some tough pitching in their series vs. Tampa Bay including Blake Snell, the reigning AL Cy Young winner.

The Rockies biggest signing in the offseason was first baseman Daniel Murphy on a two-year $24 million deal. The Rox won’t have Murphy to torment the Dodgers this time around. He’s expected to miss four to six weeks after suffering an avulsion fracture to the tip of his left index finger while diving for a ground ball last Friday.

The Rockies may have had a rough start to the season, but as we all know, Coors Field games are like playing baseball in an alternate universe. Win or lose, I’m always relieved when everyone leaves Denver with all their limbs intact.

Dodgers
Rockies
1:10 p.m.
Colorado
2B
Hernandez
RF
Blackmon
SS
Seager
LF
Dahl
3B
Turner
3B
Arenado
RF
Bellinger
SS
Story
CF
Pollock
1B
McMahon
1B
Muncy
CF
Desmond
LF
Taylor 2B Hampson
C
Martin
C
Wolters
P
Maeda (R)
P
Anderson (L)

Kenta Maeda (1-0, 4.05 ERA, 7.88 FIP) makes his second start of the season. Last time out against the D-backs, he picked up the win, striking out six and walking two in 6.2 innings and 106 pitches. He did give up three home runs, so he’ll need to try to keep the ball in the park at Coors. That’s not an easy task.

Maeda has actually pitched well at Coors and is 4-1 with a 3.19 ERA and 35 strikeouts and eight walks in 31 innings at the Mile High torture chamber. Overall, in his career, Maeda’s 5-3 with a 2.30 ERA and 0.970 WHIP against the Rockies in 15 games (eight starts).

Chris Iannetta is 5-for-15 (.333) with two home runs vs. Maeda, and Charlie Blackmon has a couple of doubles and a homer against him as well.

Tyler Anderson (0-1, 9.00 ERA, 1.71 FIP) gets the ball for Colorado’s home opener. In his first start of the year, against Miami, he was pegged with the loss after he allowed five runs on nine hits in 5 innings and 85 pitches.

The southpaw is 3-4 with a 3.99 ERA and 1.378 WHIP in 12 career starts (65.1 innings) against the Dodgers. At Coors, he’s 11-11 with a 3.73 ERA (third-best home ERA in club history) and 200 strikeouts in 214.2 innings.

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Clayton Kershaw pitched his first rehab game in Oklahoma City yesterday.

Kershaw “probably” will pitch one more rehab start, but he’s in Colorado with the team.

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Coors Field games always make me nervous. After all, Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig nearly died there. I’ll see you on the other side.

About Stacie Wheeler

Stacie Wheeler
Stacie Wheeler, born and raised in So Cal, has been writing about the Dodgers since 2010. She wrote daily as the co-editor of Lasorda's Lair for five long years, and she has also written for Dodgers Nation, Dodger Blue 1958 and The Hardball Times. She currently contributes to True Blue LA. Stacie graduated from the University Of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in Cinema-Television. You can also watch her videos on her YouTube channel, DishingUpTheDodgers.