After an unforgettable All-Star Break, it’s time to resume regular season play. The Rockies will do so as they stay at home and welcome the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers.
Antonio Senzatela was going to take the mound for the Rockies, but has been shelved as the Rockies deal with a COVID outbreak among their staff. Starting in his place will be González (3-5, 5.51 ERA). The Rockies have lost Senzatela, Jhoulys Chacín, and Yency Almonte from their pitching staff, and Yonathan Daza from their lineup. To fill their spots, the Rockies have called up Ben Bowden, Sam Hilliard, Antonio Santos, Zac Rosscup. Look for them to see some action on Friday. The coaching staff will look different as well - how that affects the game will be a huge factor.
The Dodgers counter with lefty Julio Urías (11-3, 3.64 ERA). The 24-year-old pitcher was pitching very well to open the season but struggled mightily in June, something the Rockies will look to take advantage of. The odds are pretty good, as Urías owns a 5.13 ERA at altitude, and the Rockies offense is more potent against southpaws. He’s pitched far better as of late — he went seven innings and topped 100 pitches for the first time in his career against the Marlins in his last start — but it will be up to Colorado’s hitters to return him to his June swoon.
For matchups, the Rockies have a few interesting numbers. Yonathan Daza is 3-for-5, and Ryan McMahon is 5-for-10 against Urías. The Dodger lefty has shut down Trevor Story, holding him to a .154 average in 13 at-bats, and Blackmon is hitting .267 in his 15 attempts. For the Dodgers, Justin Turner and Chris Taylor are 2-for-7 (Taylor has a home run), with Max Muncy and AJ Pollock are a combined 1-for-16. No Dodgers has more than nine at-bats versus the righty.
Start Time: 6:40 p.m. MDT
TV: AT&T SportsNet, MLB.TV
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM; KNRV 1150 (Spanish)