Antonio Senzatela (3-1, 3.32 ERA) vs. Dustin May (1-1, 2.83 ERA)
It feels like yesterday that the Colorado Rockies were leading the NL West. Just weeks ago they actually were, and now the Rockies are ten games behind the Dodgers with a record of 18-19. The Rockies have been gotten used to fooling people into thinking they’re something better than they are not.
Playing well and then doing a disappearing act seems to be a common course for them. Even in a shortened season, you have to play focused baseball for more than two weeks. We’re down to less than a month left in the regular season, and the Rockies are clinging to life. That said, there is still a chance of getting into the postseason.
I can’t say that the Rockies deserve to be playing postseason baseball, though. Going from first to taking themselves out of the NL West equation in a few weeks was pretty remarkable. Once the Dodgers started to heat up, it was game over for the Rockies pretty quickly, at least with regards to winning the division.
I will say, though, even when the Rockies were up early on, there aren’t many people who actually thought that they were going to win. Public support for the Rockies was tough to find. They’re coming off a 9-6 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. This was after the Rockies got pounded into submission for a 23-5 loss the night before. Maybe that’s the wake up call they needed?
The Dodgers are on the heels of a textbook 5-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks last night. Clayton Kershaw was Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers rolled the D-backs. Kershaw went 6 innings with just 1 hit conceded and no runs.
When Kershaw is ON he’s nearly impossible to hit. If only the Dodgers knew they would get this Kershaw in October. 22-year-old Dustin May, who is expected to be the next No. 1 for the Dodgers, is being called on to get this series started with the Rockies on Friday. Antonio Senzatela is scheduled to counter for the Rockies. Head below for our free Colorado Rockies vs. LA Dodgers pick for September 4, 2020.
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Antonio Senzatela has done a lot of favors for himself with the Rockies. You love to see a guy who obviously worked hard in the offseason do well. After posting an ERA of 6.71 and 1.75 WHIP in his third season as a major leaguer, Senzatela was on the clock.
Either show something in 2020, or his time in the rotation was going to be in danger. Senzatela has answered the call and has proven that he belongs in the Rockies’ rotation. He enters Friday with an ERA of 3.32 and 1.11 WHIP through seven starts.
However, Senzetela’s good numbers come with a warning sign. It’s still a sample size of work, and he’s gotten hit hard in two of his previous four starts, including an appearance against the Dodgers. Senzetala gave up 9 hits and 5 earned runs versus the Diamondbacks on August 12. His ERA went from a 2.65 to a 3.91 in just one game.
Senzetela was able to settle in against the Astros in his next outing, though the Dodgers came at him with a big performance on August 23. The Dodgers clocked Senzatela for 7 hits and 6 earned runs through 5.1 innings at Dodger Stadium. He has not been good against the Dodgers in his career. They’re hitting .313 with a .399 OBP and 16 runs scored in 98 at-bats.
This is a tough assignment for Senzetela, and he will have to keep up with Austin May. May has been in good form, as he goes into this meeting with a 2.83 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. His best work has come at home, where May holds an ERA of 2.35 and 1.17 WHIP.
He hasn’t allowed more than 2 earned runs in any of his seven starts in 2020. May closed down the Rockies’ offense on August 22. The Rox registered just 2 hits and 1 earned run versus May. In 19 at-bats, the Rockies are hitting just .167 with 1 run scored against him. Look for this to be a close contest early, with the Dodgers pulling away for a 2-run win or more on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.