The Dodgers will play the Colorado Rockies six times in their final 24 games this season, and their timing couldn’t be better.
The last time these two teams played on July 14, the Rockies were in third place, four games under .500 and two games behind the Dodgers for second place.
Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw, meanwhile, is in the midst of a season that people will be talking about beyond even next season. He’s allowed seven earned runs since the All-Star break and driven in five. In terms of ERA, Coors Field is Kershaw’s second-worst pitching venue; it’s also among his favorite parks to bat in, putting him in line with nearly every pitcher who has stood on the mound and in the batter’s box in Denver.
No Michael Young in the starting lineup today. No Troy Tulowitzki for the Rockies; he’s getting a scheduled day off to rest his legs.