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Game No. 11 preview: Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

After falling to Dodgers ace 1A last night, the Rockies take on Dodgers ace 1B tonight.

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Lyles and Zack Greinke get the starts tonight for their respective clubs. It's the third start of the season for both pitchers, and the Rockies and the Dodgers are both 1-1 in their starts.

This will be Lyles's third start of the season. He went six innings in each of his first two, limiting the opposition to two and three runs in those games. In Lyles's first start of the season, however, he was pulled after just 78 pitches. In his second start, he was stretched out a bit more, as Lyles threw 98. It's going to be important for him to throw at least six innings tonight. While the bullpen has been a strength so far this season, that won't last if they get used too much. As of today, Rockies relievers have thrown 36 and one-third innings, which is tied with Arizona for the tenth most in baseball. It's nothing to fret over right now, but it is something to pay attention to. Additionally, the Rockies next day off isn't until April 30, so let's hope to see more six and seven inning starts from all Rockies starters n the coming days.

After tagging Clayton Kershaw for three runs last night, the Rockies face former AL Cy Young winner Zack Greinke tonight. Greinke has been one of the best pitchers in baseball in recent years. From 2012 to 2014, Greinke ranks ninth in FanGraphs' pitcher WAR and eighth in ERA-. Kershaw tends to overshadow him, but Greinke would be the number one starter on most teams. He's been very good in his first two starts of the season, too. Greinke has given up just one run in thirteen innings so far, he's only walked one batter, and he's struck out 11.

The Rockies have a lefty heavy lineup out against the right-handed Greinke. During his career, lefties have hit better against Greinke, although that wasn't the case in 2014. Last season, Greinke held left-handed batters to a .627 OPS, while right-handed batters had a 6.89 OPS against him. Yasiel Puig, who sat out last night's game, returns to the lineup tonight.

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<tr><td class="td-last td-name">Charlie Blackmon - CF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Jimmy Rollins - SS</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Carlos Gonzalez - RF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Yasiel Puig - RF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Troy Tulowitzki - SS</td><td class="td-first td-name">Adrian Gonzalez - 1B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Justin Morneau - 1B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Howie Kendrick - 2B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Nolan Arenado - 3B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Yasmani Grandal - C</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Corey Dickerson - LF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Andre Ethier - LF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Nick Hundley - C</td><td class="td-first td-name">Juan Uribe - 3B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">DJ LeMahieu - 2B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Joc Pederson - CF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Jordan Lyles - RHP</td><td class="td-first td-name">Zack Greinke - RHP</td></tr></tbody>

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