Ryan Castellani (1-2, 4.81 ERA) vs. Julio Urias (3-0, 3.27 ERA)
There are a couple of evening games on the schedule on Sunday in Major League Baseball. The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs will highlight Sunday Night Baseball, while the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers will close out their three-game series a little later on. This is the rubber-match following a split in the first two games.
The Dodgers were 10-6 winners in the first game, while the Rockies fought back for a 5-2 win on Saturday night. It was not a normal night at the plate for the Dodgers. They struggled to string successful at-bats together. The Dodgers registered just 6 hits, as German Marquez had his strongest effort of the season.
It isn’t easy to hold the Dodgers down, but Marquez managed to do it with great efficiency. Marquez conceded 5 hits and 2 earned runs through 7 innings of baseball. The offense got going for the Rockies in the top of the 9th. They scored 3 runs to put away the Dodgers for a 5-2 win. The only positive for the Dodgers, if you can call it that, is that Kenley Jasen got the night off.
Despite the loss, the Dodgers are in a strong position right now with a record of 30-11. They are comfortably up in the NL West over the San Diego Padres. The Padres lost as well yesterday, so everything remains the same, with the Dodgers holding a six-game advantage over San Diego. The Rockies are trying to stay alive in the wildcard hunt, and would actually be going to the postseason if the playoffs started today.
You read that correctly. A 19-20 Rockies team would be playing postseason baseball if the playoffs started today. Thank goodness they are only using this format for one season. Well, I don’t want to jinx it and they decide to make it a permanent fixture.
24-year-old Ryan Castellani is expected to be called on for the Rockies in the series finale tonight. The Dodgers will counter with Julio Urias on the hill. Head below for our free Colorado Rockies vs. LA Dodgers pick for September 6, 2020.
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The Rockies will look to get Ryan Castellani some solid run support tonight. He’s likely going to need it after the Dodgers had an off night on Saturday. Shutting down the Dodgers’ offense for one night, fine, but doing it twice is no easy chore. Castellani is next in line in the rotation and will have to deal with what could be a more focused Dodger team on Sunday.
He heads into tonight with an ERA of 4.81 and 1.19 WHIP. His biggest issue has been with the deep ball. Castellani has gotten rocked for 6 home runs through 22.1 innings of work. That must change in a hurry or the runs are going to continue to pile up. He will have to deal with the top team in the majors at hitting the deep ball in this one. The Dodgers have notched an average of 1.83 home runs per game. They don’t seem like a good matchup for Castellani on Sunday.
Castellani has gotten hit hard most recently, as he goes into tonight with a 6.30 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in his previous three starts. He lasted just 2 innings against another team that likes to hit the long ball, as the Padres roughed him up for 6 hits and 5 earned runs. In those three tilts, Castellani gave up 5 home runs across 13.2 innings of work. Expect the Dodgers to get their offense figured out following a quiet day on Saturday.
Julio Urias has been a force versus the Rockies in his career, so they should be able to hold the Rockies in check offensively. Urias has held the Rox to a .174 batting average and .240 OBP across 55 at-bats. He bounced back in fine form in his most recent performance after a shaky couple of games. Urias conceded 4 hits and 1 earned run in a winning effort versus the Diamondbacks on September 1. The Dodgers should respond following sloppy form on Saturday.