Series Preview: Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies

The Dodgers return to their National League West schedule starting tonight as they continue their homestand at Dodger Stadium against the National League West-leading Colorado Rockies.  The Rockies come into this series having led the division for most of the last two weeks, with 2 1/2 games separating the Rockies from the fourth place Dodgers.  The division race is tight so far, with only San Diego at 6 1/2 games back having any significant separation away from the pack near the top.

The Dodgers bring  a 12-12 record into the series against a 15-10 Rockies team.  However, the two teams are heading in opposite directions, with the Dodgers recently winning two out of three from the Milwaukee Brewers and the Rockies dropping their last two games to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who are now tied with the Rockies atop the division.

The series matchup starts at 7:10 p.m. tonight at Dodger Stadium.  The Rockies’ Tyler Chatwood (0-0, 6.00 ERA) will go up against Ted Lilly (0-0, 1.80 ERA) in the first game of the series.  Lilly is coming of an outing in New York in which he shocked everyone by only giving up 1 run and striking out 7 batters in 5 innings pitched coming off the DL against the New York Mets.  The Dodgers hope that he’ll be able to deliver a similar performance tonight and go deeper into the game.

The second game of the series will be Tuesday night, also a 7:10 p.m. start.  The Rockies’ Jorge De La Rosa (2-2, 2.86 ERA) will go up against the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-2, 3.41 ERA.)  Ryu is coming off an excellent outing against the Mets and looks to continue his early season dominance at Dodger Stadium.

The final game of the series will be a Wednesday night game, also a 7:10 p.m. start, and will feature the Rockies’ Juan Nicasio (3-0, 4.62 ERA) against Josh Beckett (0-3, 4.75 ERA.)  Beckett had a no decision in his last outing and is looking to pick up his first win of the season in the series finale.

Who will come out on top?  Will the Dodgers start their assault on first place tonight?  Stay tuned right here at The Blog.

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