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The Rockies will face the Dodgers for the third time in 2015.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

For the third time in five weeks, the Colorado Rockies have a weekend series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rockies will be looking to get off the schneid against Los Angeles, having lost each of their first five games against the Dodgers this season.

Los Angeles comes into this weekend's four-game series with a comfortable five-game lead in the NL West and a 22-11 record so far, they had won six straight games before dropping a 5-4 decision to Miami last night. They are 10-3 in their last 13 games.

Hitters to watch

There are plenty of big-name players in the Dodgers' lineup, but a pair of unheralded hitters are making noise for the Dodgers lately.

Rookie center fielder Joc Pederson already has six home runs in the month of May in just 12 games, and is hitting .255/.417/.583 with a team-high 10 home runs this season. He has, however, struck out 43 times in 102 at bats.

The hottest hitter for Los Angeles right now is catcher Yasmani Grandal, who is hitting .484/.575/.871 with three home runs in 40 plate appearances this month. He is hitting .298/.417/.500 in 27 games overall in 2015.

2015 batting stats

Name G PA HR R RBI SB BB% K% ISO BABIP AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ WAR
Adrian Gonzalez 33 140 9 26 30 0 8.6% 15.0% .336 .375 .360 .421 .696 .470 203 2.0
Jimmy Rollins 32 137 3 16 11 3 10.2% 19.7% .123 .194 .172 .255 .295 .250 57 -0.2
Howie Kendrick 32 136 4 19 17 2 8.1% 16.2% .194 .347 .306 .368 .500 .376 140 1.1
Joc Pederson 33 133 10 24 21 2 21.1% 32.3% .343 .320 .255 .417 .598 .424 173 2.1
Yasmani Grandal 27 103 4 17 15 0 17.5% 20.4% .202 .350 .298 .417 .500 .402 157 1.1
Andre Ethier 30 101 5 18 13 0 13.9% 15.8% .262 .344 .321 .426 .583 .427 175 1.4
Juan Uribe 23 75 1 6 6 1 5.3% 12.0% .071 .279 .257 .293 .329 .276 75 -0.1
Justin Turner 26 65 5 10 13 0 6.2% 16.9% .322 .279 .288 .354 .610 .413 165 1.0
Alex Guerrero 23 59 6 12 16 0 5.1% 16.9% .444 .359 .370 .407 .815 .509 228 1.3
Scott Van Slyke 22 59 2 7 14 0 6.8% 13.6% .231 .386 .365 .407 .596 .420 170 1.1
Yasiel Puig 11 50 2 4 4 0 10.0% 14.0% .186 .294 .279 .380 .465 .375 140 0.2
Carl Crawford 15 50 1 4 3 0 2.0% 20.0% .163 .289 .245 .260 .408 .288 83 0.0
A.J. Ellis 9 33 0 2 1 0 9.1% 18.2% .034 .174 .138 .219 .172 .171 5 -0.1
Enrique Hernandez 9 25 1 5 3 0 4.0% 32.0% .208 .400 .292 .320 .500 .355 127 0.3
Chris Heisey 3 10 0 2 0 0 50.0% 20.0% .000 .333 .200 .600 .200 .434 179 0.1


Pitchers to watch

You've heard plenty about Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, whom the Rockies face on Friday and Saturday, so let's discuss the other two starters the Rockies will see this weekend.

Former Rockie Brett Anderson will take the mound for the Dodgers tonight. He has made six starts this season, just two fewer than he made with Colorado in 2014, posting a 3.52 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 30⅔ innings, walking five and striking out 16.

On Sunday, the Rockies will face right-hander Mike Bolsinger. Bolsinger has made two starts with the Dodgers this season, giving up two earned runs on 10 hits in 11⅓ innings with four walks and eight strikeouts.

2015 pitching stats

Name W L SV G GS IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 BABIP LOB% GB% HR/FB ERA FIP xFIP WAR
Zack Greinke 5 0 0 7 7 47.1 7.42 2.09 0.57 .220 87.6% 46.5% 6.5% 1.52 3.08 3.60 1.0
Clayton Kershaw 1 2 0 7 7 44.1 11.37 2.23 1.02 .357 66.0% 53.5% 20.0% 4.26 2.90 2.21 1.0
Brett Anderson 2 1 0 6 6 30.2 4.70 1.47 0.59 .343 74.6% 63.1% 8.7% 3.52 3.53 3.73 0.4
Brandon McCarthy 3 0 0 4 4 23.0 11.35 1.57 3.52 .288 84.4% 38.3% 37.5% 5.87 6.23 2.59 -0.3
Carlos Frias 3 0 0 5 3 18.2 7.71 1.93 0.48 .304 78.7% 62.5% 7.7% 2.89 2.93 3.20 0.4
Pedro Baez 1 0 0 15 0 15.1 12.91 1.76 0.59 .314 80.9% 41.7% 7.1% 1.76 1.71 2.13 0.6
Juan Nicasio 1 1 0 11 0 15.1 11.15 5.28 0.00 .235 88.2% 38.2% 0.0% 1.17 2.43 3.51 0.3
Yimi Garcia 2 0 1 15 0 15.0 14.40 3.60 0.60 .214 86.2% 24.1% 5.9% 1.80 2.01 2.72 0.5
Mike Bolsinger 1 0 0 2 2 11.1 6.35 3.18 0.79 .281 95.2% 58.1% 12.5% 1.59 3.94 3.77 0.1
Chris Hatcher 0 3 2 15 0 11.0 12.27 3.27 0.00 .419 47.4% 46.7% 0.0% 6.55 2.05 3.06 0.3
Scott Baker 0 1 0 2 2 11.0 6.55 2.45 3.27 .233 83.3% 38.2% 25.0% 5.73 7.23 4.53 -0.3
Adam Liberatore 0 1 0 10 0 9.2 9.31 0.00 0.00 .143 33.3% 60.0% 0.0% 1.86 1.07 1.51 0.3
J.P. Howell 2 1 0 14 0 9.2 5.59 1.86 0.00 .353 92.9% 58.8% 0.0% 0.93 2.52 3.67 0.2
Sergio Santos 0 0 0 8 0 8.1 6.48 5.40 0.00 .269 83.3% 53.8% 0.0% 2.16 3.50 4.50 0.0
Paco Rodriguez 0 0 0 13 0 7.1 8.59 3.68 0.00 .176 83.3% 58.8% 0.0% 1.23 2.46 3.03 0.2
Joel Peralta 1 0 3 7 0 5.2 6.35 4.76 0.00 .143 100.0% 14.3% 0.0% 0.00 3.32 5.28 0.1


Probable starters

Game 1, 5/14: Chad Bettis vs. Brett Anderson

Game 2, 5/15: Eddie Butler vs. Clayton Kershaw

Game 3, 5/16: Jorge De La Rosa vs. Zack Greinke

Game 4, 5/17: Kyle Kendrick vs. Mike Bolsinger