After last night’s extra innings loss, the Rockies look to rebound and give the Dodgers some trouble in a tight race for the NL West crown. Although the Dodgers have had more head to head victories agains Colorado, these two teams have played each other fairly tight in their last seven matchups. The Rockies have actually outscored Los Angeles by four runs through those seven matchups, six of which were in LA. The Rockies have been putting up a strong fight and look to continue to do so tonight.
However, it won’t be easy today as they’ll have to do it against one the premier arms of the sport in Walker Buehler (14-4, 2.39 ERA). Buehler is having a Cy Young-esque spotless season with just one game all year long out of his 30 starts, where he has not gone at least five innings. Buehler last saw the Rockies back on July 17th when he allowed just two runs on four hits in seven innings of work including eight strikeouts en route to a 10-1 Dodgers victory. However through his five year career, Coors Field has not been the kindest to Buehler. He’s posted a career 4.43 ERA and 1.321 WHIP through nine games in Denver, both his highest of any divisional rival’s ballpark.
Making a team high 31st start for the Rockies will be Germán Márquez (12-10, 4.16 ERA). Márquez is coming off of a rough outing in Washington D.C. that saw him give up six runs in just four innings against one of the bottom five teams in all of baseball. Now just a few days later, he’ll look to do the opposite against arguably the top offense in all of baseball. Márquez is no stranger to facing the Dodgers but believe it or not, this is the first time Márquez is facing Los Angeles since Opening Day. Historically, he has the matchup advantage over Buehler with just a 2.52 ERA and 1.088 WHIP in ten starts against the Dodgers.
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)