The Dodgers have now won eight consecutive home contests after defeating the Rockies by a 6-1 score on Saturday night. The Dodgers are now a season high 9 games above .500 and 5 games behind the Giants in the NL West. This comes as a huge surprise considering the club is now without Clayton Kershaw. It seems that perhaps Mark was right. With Kershaw down the club must pull together in an incredible “sum of their parts” manner.
Today the Dodgers will go for the sweep of the Rockies as walking wounded Brandon McCarthy makes his return to the mound. Brock Stewart was optioned back to OKC to make room for McCarthy. The Dodgers signed McCarthy to a 48 million dollar contract before the 2015 season and he has yet to provide one once of value. He made 5 uninspiring starts before blowing out his arm and having Tommy John surgery. He hasn’t pitched since then and it’s important for us to remember to keep expectations low.
Quite low actually. I’m happy to see McCarthy return as long as he holds his weight. I want McCarthy to succeed obviously since he’s a Dodger. At the same time I know full well that he may suck and it’s unlikely he’ll throw more than 5 innings. McCarthy is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 5 career starts against the Rockies.
Dodgers Lineup @ Colorado
Jon Gray-5-3 vs. Brandon McCarthy-0-0
Game Time- 1:10 PM – TV- SNLA
McCarthy vs. Rockies
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The Rockies will counter with 24-year old right hander Jon Gray. The Shawnee, Oklahoma native is 5-3 with a 4.83 ERA across 76.2 innings pitched. Gray has struck out 9.8 per nine. The second year starter faced the Dodgers back on April 22 and allowed five earned runs in five innings of work. Gray is 0-1 with a 6.52 ERA in two career starts versus the Dodgers.
Gray vs. Dodgers
That’s about it for now. Sorry for the lateness here guys, but sometimes life gets in the way of Dodger baseball. Enjoy the game and happy fourth everyone!