The LA Dodgers were half asleep Monday night in the series opener against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. However, they were well awake last night, as they exploded for 9 runs in the first 4 innings of the game. The Dodgers scored a run in every inning until the they were shutout in the 5th. However, the damage was done already and the Dodgers had 9 runs on the board to the Rockies 3.
You can’t sleep on a team no matter the score at Coors Field, though. Runs can pile up in a hurry in that ballpark. As quickly as the Dodgers scored 9 runs, the Rockies could have as well. The Dodgers got a nice all-around night from their pitching staff in the win, though.
The loss for the Dodgers was a small blemish on what has been an otherwise tremendous resume for them this season. They advanced to 70-39 with the win last night to be the first team to 70 wins in 2019. The Astros got to 69 with a win over the Indians in Cleveland. Justin Verlander had a vintage outing with only 2 hits allowed.
Kyle Freeland was tattooed by the Dodgers last night. Nothing is working for him in 2019 and a stint in the minors didn’t seem to help, either. Freeland was the ace of the club last season, but whatever confidence he generated then has gone out the door.
It’s not easy to consistently pitch like a Kershaw and Verlander can season after season and Freeland is finding that out. German Marquez will step up for the Rockies to try and repair their pitching woes from last night. Hyun-jin Ryu, who had his worst outing of the year in Colorado a few weeks back, will get a chance to make up for it this evening. Head below for our free Dodgers vs. Rockies pick.
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Ryu hasn’t done anything wrong at all this season, except one trouble spot against the Rockies in Denver. He got rocked for one of the worst performances of his career. Ryu was ultimately tagged for 9 hits and 7 runs in 4 innings of work. The Dodgers went on to lose by a score of 13-9. Offensively, the Dodgers did all they can, but it’s difficult to overcome a bad outing like that from Ryu. 29 times out of 30 that’s going to be a win for the Dodgers.
Despite the bad start, that was just an outlier for Ryu. He carries a Cy Young worthy ERA of 1.74 and 11-2 record. His ERA is right on cue with his overall number in his last three outings, with a 1.74 ERA in 20.2 innings. He hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in a start since the Rockies handled Ryu. I think he treats this as a do-over and we see a much better Ryu in this contest. That outing against Colorado was the only game in his 20 pitched this year that he’s surrendered more than 2 runs.
German Marquez has struggled at home all season long. Ryu made have had that spotty outing, but Marquez has been doing it consistently. Marquez enters Wednesday with a shabby ERA of 4.88 on the season, which is alright, nothing special. However, the best of his starts have come on the road in ballparks other than his own.
Marquez has been pummeled for a 7.07 ERA and 1.70 WHIP at Coors Field. In his last effort here, the Giants embarrassed him for 11 earned runs in 2.2 innings. The end result was a horrific 19-2 loss to a below average San Francisco squad. I’m going to side with Ryu getting a bit of revenge on Wednesday against the Rockies. The Dodgers shook off what was bothering them last night and the offense is likely going to continue to roll against Marquez here.