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Dodgers' Ryu will try again to conquer Coors Field
Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies
- The Dodgers swept a three-game home series from the Rockies from June 21-23 and have won 11 consecutive meetings with Colorado, the longest active streak between any two National League opponents. It's Los Angeles' longest streak against a single team since winning 12 straight over the Mets from May 28, 2016-June 24, 2018.
- The Dodgers' 55-26 record at the season's midway point tied the 1974 team for the franchise's best mark after 81 games since moving to Los Angeles in 1958. They're just the fourth team to lead their division by 13 or more games halfway through a season since the divisional format was established in 1969.
- Charlie Blackmon is batting .465 with 14 homers, 28 RBI and a 1.549 OPS during a career-high 22-game hitting streak at home. Blackmon's 52 hits at Coors Field are tied for the most by any player through his first 26 home games in a season (Chuck Klein, Phillies, 1930)
- Ian Desmond leads the majors with a 1.318 OPS at home since May 26 (min. 45 PA) and his .449 average at Coors Field during that period ranks third among qualified players (Delino DeShields, .452; Tommy Pham, .450) in home games.
- Max Muncy is batting .353 with six homers and 14 RBI in 34 career at-bats at Coors Field. Muncy's 1.482 OPS is the highest in the park's history (min. 40 PA), while his 5.67 homers per at-bat and 2.43 RBI per at-bat trail only Mark Trumbo for the highest rates there (min. 40 PA).
- Walker Buehler and Hyun Jin-Ryu, Los Angeles' scheduled starters for the series' first two games, own the best winning percentage (.895) and ERA (2.08) among teammate duos this season. Buehler struck out a career-high 16 while tossing a three-hitter in the Dodgers' 4-2 win over Colorado on June 21 and has a 1.31 ERA and .106 batting average against in winning his last three starts against the Rockies.
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Clayton Kershaw is the ace of the Los Angeles Dodgers' staff, and Walker Buehler looks like an ace in training, but Hyun-Jin Ryu has been the team's most effective pitcher this season.
Ryu's 1.27 ERA leads all major league starters, and he has allowed more than two runs in an outing just once -- Saturday against the Colorado Rockies. They scored three runs on him, but only one was an earned run, and the Dodgers won that game to continue their mastery over their National League West rivals.
As well as he has pitched in his 15 starts, he has yet to conquer the thin air in Denver. Ryu (9-1) gets another crack at hitter-friendly Coors Field when he takes the mound Friday night against Colorado in the second of a four-game weekend series.
Ryu has pitched so well that he is considered the early favorite for the NL Cy Young award, but that standing could take a hit if he has a poor outing Friday night.
In 11 career starts against Colorado, he is 4-6 with a 4.61 ERA, but in four starts at Coors Field, he is 1-3 with a 7.56 ERA.
He will be hard-pressed to go deep into the game on Friday night. Coors Field has been a hitter's paradise over the last five games, including L.A.'s 12-8 win on Thursday night. The Dodgers hit six home runs in their 12th straight win over Colorado.
Ryu's opposite number in Friday's matchup is Antonio Senzatela, who has learned how to pitch in Denver in his short career -- and against Los Angeles.
Senzatela (6-5, 4.91) has gone 13-8 at Coors Field, with a 5.29 ERA, and he is even more effective against the Dodgers. In four lifetime appearances against them, he is 1-0 with a 4.73 ERA.
Senzatela has become a solid part of the rotation despite not joining the team until mid-April. With last year's ace, Kyle Freeland, working out issues in Triple-A, and lefty Tyler Anderson likely done for the season after left knee surgery, Senzatela has become a steadying presence among Colorado starters.
He has found a groove since a rough month of May, going 3-1 with a 3.41 ERA in five June starts.
"His fastball has been really good and the velocity has been up a notch, and he's been commanding it much better," Colorado manager Bud Black said after Senzatela went 6 1/3 innings against the Dodgers last weekend. "I also think there has been a little change in his delivery. ... It's something (pitching coaches Steve Foster and Darren Holmes) have worked on, and Senza has taken that out to the mound."
Senzatela will try to tame a scorching Los Angeles lineup. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has pushed all the right buttons this season, including trying Joc Pederson at first base. The career outfielder has started six of the last seven games there to keep his bat in the lineup.
Pederson has had his struggles in the field, but the Dodgers are 5-2 since he has started playing first base.
"I'm putting in all the early work and doing everything I can to best prepare for the situation," Pederson told the Los Angeles Times. "When you're not helping the team win, it's not a good feeling."
--Field Level Media
Updated June 28, 2019