The Dodgers took Tuesday’s series opener 5-0, their fourth straight head-to-head victory, including all three games this season. Clayton Kershaw threw six scoreless innings to get the win, and Evan Phillips threw 0.1 scoreless innings to pick up his 11th save.
J.D. Martinez was 2 for 4 with two home runs and three RBIs in the win over the Rockies, extending his on-base streak to 10 games.
ON THE MOUND
Lefty Kyle Freeland (4-8, 4.54 ERA) will toe the rubber for Colorado. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Dodgers. Freeland made five appearances against the Dodgers in 2022, all as the starter, striking out 30 and walking nine over 27.0 innings (2-2, 5.33).
In his last start on Friday, Freeland took a no-decision at home against the Angels. He threw five innings and gave up four runs (3 ER) on nine hits, striking out three and walking two in the 7-4 victory.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Los Angeles has averaged 4.6 runs a game, a small drop compared to their season average of 5.3. Against left-handed pitchers like Freeland this season, the Dodgers have a .780 OPS.
Freddie Freeman is the team’s most potent producer against left-handers with a 1.050 OPS in 93 at-bats. Colorado is averaging only 3.0 runs per game in the last five, down from 4.3 for the season, with their on-base percentage dropping to .269 from .315.
HOME AND AWAY
Los Angeles is on a three-game winning streak away from Dodger Stadium, bringing their record to 20-19 in 2023. The Dodgers have scored 5.3 runs per game away from home while allowing 5.2 runs.
Colorado has gone 18-21 in front of their home fans this season, averaging 4.9 runs per game while surrendering 6.6. In the last 10 games between the NL West rivals at Coors Field, each club has won five, though Los Angeles has the scoring advantage with an average final margin of 5.1-3.9.
The Dodgers are third in the NL West, three games behind the division-leading Diamondbacks. The Rockies are fifth in the NL West, 17 games behind the Diamondbacks.
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