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Coors Field, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 42,184

Rockies turn to Gray against visiting Dodgers

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Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies

  1. The Dodgers began 2018's season series with the Rockies by taking five of the first six matchups, outscoring Colorado 42-24. The Rockies then took two of three games in the most recent series between the two teams, winning games one and two 3-1 before losing by two runs in game three.
  2. The Dodgers have faced opponents with a current .500-plus record in every game since July 13. Over these 22 games, Los Angeles has gone 12-10, faring better on the road (7-5) than at home (5-5).
  3. Since sweeping a three-game series versus the Athletics, the Rockies have struggled to a 3-7 record over their last 10 games. Colorado has been outscored by its opponents 48-34 over this time, and have left 7.1 runners on base per game.
  4. In his career Justin Turner is slashing .524/.542/.810 against Tyler Anderson. Turner's 1.351 OPS is the second-highest OPS (minimum 10 PA) against Anderson among active players (Nick Ahmed, 1.683). Nolan Arenado owns a slash line of .455/.538/.818 versus Ross Stripling.
  5. Ross Stripling has pitched against the Rockies 10 times in his career. In seven relief appearances, Stripling held Colorado to a 0.82 (1/11.0) ERA. In three starts against the team, he has pitched to a 4.50 ERA.
  6. Tyler Anderson has gone at least six innings in each of his last four home starts, allowing no more than two earned runs in each game for a 1.32 ERA. On the year, Anderson's home ERA is 3.65 compared to his road ERA of 4.48.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/9/2018 thru 8/12/2018

DENVER -- Properly motivated and fully in sync, the new-look Jon Gray will take the mound again for the Colorado Rockies on Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

If an option to Triple-A Albuquerque in late June was a low point, his domination in four starts since his return has Gray riding as high as ever. In those four starts since July 14, Gray is 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA that takes into account two starts at Coors Field.

Gray (9-7, 4.73) has also held opponents to a .140 batting average over his last 29 2/3 innings with 25 strikeouts and seven walks. He went at least seven innings in the first three starts of his return and went eight innings Sunday. But he wants even more.

"I gave everything I had right there in the eighth inning to make it the best I could," Gray said after his outing last weekend against the Milwaukee Brewers, according to "It was tough. I really wanted to get back out there and have a (complete game), but (I know that's) going to come."

Going nine innings against a potent Dodgers' offense might prove difficult, but manager Dave Roberts' offense has been searching for consistency of late, even with recent power additions such as Manny Machado and Brian Dozier.

On Aug. 2, the Dodgers scored 21 runs in a victory over the Brewers, the most ever for the home team at Dodger Stadium. But they managed four runs total in the three-game series against the Houston Astros that followed. In a two-game series split this week at Oakland, the Dodgers scored seven runs.

Then came Thursday's series opener in Colorado when the Dodgers hit five home runs, including one from Dozier. Machado has not gone deep since July 30, but has a hit in each of his last five games.

"You really never know what you're going to get when a guy goes to a new club, but I think the intent, the at-bat quality to a man with those two guys has been very consistent," Roberts said about Machado and Dozier. "The results will be there, but I just like the approach on every pitch."

Regardless of how the Dodgers hit, they have to feel as if they have the right pitcher on the mound Friday. Kenta Maeda (7-7, 3.73) is 5-3 lifetime against the Rockies with a 2.18 ERA in nine appearances (seven starts). It is Maeda's lowest ERA against any team he has faced at least three times.

The Dodgers' 8-5 victory Thursday moved them into a tie for first place with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Los Angeles is an NL-best 38-22 since June 1. The Dodgers are 7-3 against the Rockies this season and have won all four games they have played at Coors Field this year.

Despite the defeat Thursday, the Rockies are 22-13 since June 28. Starting Thursday, the Rockies will play 30 of their final 48 games against NL West opponents, including 10 against the Dodgers.

Updated August 10, 2018

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