The struggling Rockies do not seem capable of slowing down the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday’s third contest of a four-game series. I expect the Colorado offense to contiue to look as bad as it has been lately. Most disturbing was that no runs were scored by Colorado on Friday. The Rockies have lost five straight and fell to 2-14 in their last 16 contests while dropping to 20-21 at Coors Field. Nothing suggests things will turn around on Saturday.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers RH Dan Haren (8-4, 3.57 ERA) vs. Rockies LH Jorge De La Rosa (8-6, 4.86)
Haren has a solid 5-3 record in nine turns at Coors Field. I expect his pitching to be top-notched as he has been working on fearturing his cureveball more.
De La Rosa lost his last two games against the Dodgers, both to Kershaw last month, including his no-hitter against Colorado on June 18. De La Rosa was originally scheduled to face Kershaw on Friday but had his spot pushed back. The extra time has provided a good mental for De La Rosa. He will come out more focused and motivated this time around.