It seems like I owe Brock Stewart a huge apology. I thought he was going to get hammered by the Cubs in the Dodger’s 1-0 win on Sunday afternoon. The kid stepped up to the plate and gave the Dodgers 5 shutout frames. His stuff was dazzling and the Dodgers eked out a huge win to take the series from the Cubs. He didn’t get the win but definitely pitched well enough to deserve it.
Unfortunately for Brock Stewart’s efforts he was rewarded by being optioned back to the minors. If the Dodgers continue to get superb efforts from young players like Stewart they should see their MLB sportsbook odds go up.
I love it when young players step up like that in under the radar style. I’m going to have to eat some crow on this one guys. I’ll happily do it because it means the Dodgers won. The win kept the Dodgers two games ahead in the NL West race thanks to young Stewart. So here goes….
And some more…
I am sorry Brock.
While I am eating my humble pie, the Dodgers will be playing a quick series in Denver. This will be the last series at Coors Field this season and then the Dodgers return home again to open a six game home stand against San Diego and Arizona.
Dodgers Lineup @ Colorado-TBA
Game Time – 5:40 PM – TV- SNLA
Tonight’s pitching match-up has Kenta Maeda countering big right hander Jon Gray. Maeda was optioned to the minors for a few days for what was some insane roster manipulation. Maeda is actually on quite a roll having won five consecutive decisions. He hasn’t lost a decision since July 17. He’s faced the Rockies three times this season and is 2-1 with a 1.45 ERA including 22 whiffs against just 2 walks. He tossed 6.1 shutout frames at Coors Field back on April 23. Overall Maeda is 13-7 with a 3.37 ERA in 25 starts. He’s been the Dodgers most reliable starter. As you can see Colorado doesn’t do much against Maeda.
Maeda vs. Rockies
Colorado will give the ball to right hander Jon Gray. The big right hander has been one of the Rockies’ best starters this season. He’s 8-6 with a 4.61 ERA in 23 starts. He’s allowed 8.1 hits per nine innings and struck out 142 over 132.2 innings pitched. With a blazing fastball, he’s given the Dodgers a hard time. The last time he faced the Dodgers he tossed 5 shutout innings back on August 2. He’s faced the Dodgers three times this season and is 1-1 with a no-decision. Gray is 1-2 with a 4.35 ERA in 4 career starts with the Dodgers.
Gray vs. Dodgers
The Dodgers are 7-5 against Colorado but lost two out of three in the last series they played at Coors Field earlier this month. Remember when Colorado was paying great and only a few games out of the second wild card spot? Everyone was getting all worried. Well don’t. They are now 11 games behind the Dodgers with a 62-68 record. The Rockies are still the Rockies. Let’s hope the Dodgers can survive this last series and thank god they never have to go back to this pit again. Well until next season that is.
Anyways, enjoy the game!