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Preview: Rockies host Dodgers in monumental series

Apr 22, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (10) tags out Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) in the fifth inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies (77-72) will host the Los Angeles Dodgers (76-64) for a three-game series at Coors Field the weekend.

Host Shawn Drotar (Host, “Mornings at 5280′”) and guest Doug Ottewill (Editor-in-Chief, Mile High Sports Magazine) discuss the Rockies’ monumental series with the visiting Dodgers — with first place in the NL West on the line. Click here to listen!

The series’ pitching matchups will look like this:

Friday, Sept. 7 at 6:40 p.m. MT. Jon Gray (11-7, 4.70 ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (6-5, 2.40 ERA).

Gray is coming off of a strong outing in which he gave up two runs in six innings in a win over the Padres. Over Gray’s last 10 starts, the Rockies have won nine games. The club will hope that trend continues Friday.

The Dodgers are just 2-3 over Kershaw’s last five starts, but they have won three straight with the ace on the mound. Kershaw does not have as many wins as usual this season due to injuries and a lack of run support. Do not let this fool you though. Kershaw is having another strong season with 127 strikeouts in 131.1 innings pitched.

Saturday, Sept. 8 at 6:10 p.m. MT. Kyle Freeland (13-7, 2.96 ERA) vs. Walker Buehler (6-4, 2.92 ERA).

Freeland has been Colorado’s rock in the rotation all season. The Denver native leads the team in ERA at Coors Field (2.27) and is undefeated in his last six starts. Overall, the Rockies are 11-1 in his last 12 starts.

Buehler has racked up the strikeouts with 22 in his last three starts. Unfortunately for the former Vanderbilt star, all three of those starts resulted in no decisions.

The Dodgers are 5-5 in Buehler’s last 10 starts overall.

Sunday, Sept. 9 at 1:10 p.m. MT. Tyler Anderson (6-7, 4.80 ERA) vs. Alex Wood (8-6, 3.37 ERA).

It has been an up and down season for Anderson, but the club has really struggled as a whole with him on the mound. The Rockies are just 2-8 in Anderson’s last 10 starts and a big reason why has been his tendency to give up runs in the first inning.

Wood has been solid for the Dodgers this season. Since June 16, Wood has made 13 starts and the left-handed pitcher has a record of 7-1 with a .239 ERA in this games.

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