Tonight, the Rockies begin their last homestand, taking on the Dodgers, Giants, and Nationals in their final Coors Field games of 2021. While the Rockies are not in the playoff picture, the stakes are still high for both Colorado and Los Angeles.
For the Rockies (70-79), they are playing the role of spoiler while trying to end with a record close to .500 that’s maybe above the Padres, both of which seemed impossible at the beginning of the season. They are certainly distant secondary milestones compared to punching a ticket to the postseason, but it could indicate a positive future for the organization and small points of pride for a fanbase wrapping up its third straight playoff-less season.
For the Dodgers (96-54), who have already clinched a playoff berth, they enter the contest one game behind the first-place Giants in the NL West. The stakes are obviously high in the Giant-Dodger battle as the NL West winner advances to the division series and the two Wild Card teams will be forced to battle each other in a one-game playoff, likely against the Cardinals or Reds (but the Padres and Phillies are still in the hunt as well).
Antonio Senzatela (4-9, 4.06 ERA, 100 strikeouts in 144 innings) will take the mound for the Rockies. Senzatela has gone 1-2 in three starts against the Dodgers this season with a 7.62 ERA over 16 innings, including a seven-inning, shutout, two-hit performance in L.A. on Aug. 29. Senzatela has gotten better and better as the season has progressed, going 2-1 with a 2.60 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 45 innings over his last seven starts.
Urías (18-3, 2.99 ERA with 180 strikeouts) is 2-0 in three starts against the Rockies this season. He’s recorded 15 strikeouts in 18 2⁄3 innings vs. Colorado, but Ryan McMahon, Garrett Hampson, and C.J. Cron have all hit homers off of him. All three will be in the lineup on Tuesday. In his last seven starts, the 25-year-old lefty has gone 5-0 with a 1.63 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 38 2⁄3 innings.
First Pitch: 6:40 P.M. MDT
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain; MLB.tv
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM; KNRV 1150 (Spanish)
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