With nine games left in 2020, the Colorado Rockies (22-29) somehow still find themselves in the hunt for the postseason. In fact, with a mini 2007-like run, the Rockies can possibly finish the season above .500 — but it’ll have to start today against the Major League-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 38-15 Dodgers will look to complete the four-game sweep this afternoon in Colorado’s final home game of the season. The Rockies are 2-7 against the Dodgers this year and have won just twice in their last 11 games overall. Still, Colorado is only three games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the final playoff spot in the National League (albeit with three teams to jump over, as well). It may not be a likely scenario, but at least there’s still hope for another Rocktober.
The Rockies will send Antonio Senzatela (4-2, 3.30) to the mound, and the right-hander might be their best shot to get the streak going. Senzatela is coming off the first complete game of his career — a brilliant 3-1 win over Oakland on Tuesday. Senzatela has actually done his best pitching this season at Coors Field, where’s he’s 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA.
Tony Gonsolin (1-1, 1.51) will start for the Dodgers, and the rookie right-hander has secured himself a spot on a loaded L.A. pitching staff by dominating in nearly every appearance this season. He’s allowed either one or no earned runs in six of his seven starts. Against the Rockies on September 5, Gonsolin struck out eight and gave up one run over six innings in an eventual Colorado win.
Nolan Arenado, who is nursing a shoulder injury, gets another day off. Ryan McMahon will start in his place at third base. The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts is out of the starting lineup, as well.
Start Time: 1:10 p.m. MT
TV: AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain; MLB.tv
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM; KNRV 1150 (Spanish)