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Dodgers give final tuneup to Julio Urias vs. Rockies
Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers
- The Dodgers and Rockies will finish the 2022 regular season with six games against each other at Dodger Stadium over the next six days. The Dodgers are 26-6 in their last 32 home games against the Rockies, including a 3-0 record this season (July 4-6).
- The Rockies have not had more than eight hits in any of their last 13 road games, tying a franchise record set in 1996. Colorado has a .173 team batting average and a 4-9 record in those 13 games (August 31 to date).
- Chad Kuhl is 0-5 in his last 10 starts, allowing at least three earned runs in each game (8.16 ERA). Kuhl is the first pitcher in Rockies history to go winless in 10 or more consecutive starts in one season while giving up at least three earned runs in each game and he's the first MLB pitcher to do so since Anibal Sanchez had an 11-start streak for the Tigers in 2016.
- The 2022 Dodgers (108-48) are the fifth team in National League history to win 108 or more games in one season. The other NL teams to do that are the 1906 Cubs (116-36), 1909 Pirates (110-42), 1975 Reds (108-54) and 1986 Mets (108-54).
- Freddie Freeman has 20 home runs, 97 runs batted in, and an MLB-high .327 batting average this season, his first with the Dodgers. Only two players had at least 20 homers, 100 RBIs, and a .300-plus batting average in their first season with the Dodgers: Brooklyn's Jack Fournier in 1923 (acquired from the Cardinals) and Del Bissonette in 1928 (his rookie year).
- Clayton Kershaw posted his 10th win of the season when he beat the Cardinals in his last start. Kershaw has recorded 10 or more wins in 11 of his 15 seasons with the Dodgers. The only other pitchers with as many (or more) 10-win seasons for the Dodgers as Kershaw are Don Sutton (15) and Don Drysdale (12).
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With a week remaining before they open their playoff run, the Los Angeles Dodgers will offer a postseason glimpse over the final two games of the regular season.
Los Angeles (110-50) is scheduled to have Julio Urias on the mound Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies, with the left-hander believed to be the Game 1 starter when the National League Division Series begins for the Dodgers on Oct. 11.
On Wednesday, in the regular-season finale, the Dodgers will send lefty Clayton Kershaw to the mound. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is expected to be the Game 2 playoff starter, although manager Dave Roberts has said he reserves the right to make adjustments.
"My total focus is on the next start against Colorado," Urias said through an interpreter about the idea he could be the team's Game 1 starter. "After that, we'll have that conversation."
Despite a long wait before his first playoff outing, Urias (17-7, 2.12 ERA) is not expected to do any heavy lifting on Tuesday. After a spotty opening to the season, he is 10-1 with a 1.12 ERA over his past 13 starts (80 1/3 innings).
The impressive 2022 comes after Urias was the only 20-game winner in the major leagues last season, an accomplishment that came as he posted a 2.96 ERA. He has a combined 2.56 ERA over his past two seasons, covering 62 starts and 355 2/3 innings.
"I don't really worry about the things that people say or the accolades or anything like that," said Urias, who is 5-2 with a 4.99 ERA in 18 lifetime appearances (15 starts) against the Rockies. "I just focus on doing my job."
On Monday, the Rockies earned a 2-1 victory as the teams played the fourth game of an extended six-game series to close out the season. For the second consecutive game, the Dodgers were unable to become just the second National League team to reach 111 wins, after the 1906 Chicago Cubs, who finished with 116.
The Rockies are nowhere near that level of success with a 67-93 record this season, having already locked up last place in the NL West. But they found the pitching formula to knock off Los Angeles on Monday after taking a 4-1 victory on Sunday.
"There have been a lot of games in the last couple of months where we're in them, we just haven't generated enough offense," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "There have been times we have pitched well enough, or times when late in the game, the game got away from a member of our bullpen. So we've been in a lot of games."
Colorado will send right-hander Ryan Feltner (3-9, 6.01 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday. Feltner's only career outing against the Dodgers came July 29 in relief at Los Angeles, when he gave up three hits in 3 1/3 scoreless innings.
Feltner, in his second major league season, has been a mainstay in the Rockies' rotation since the start of August. However, he is just 2-6 since then, posting a 6.29 ERA in 11 starts.
--Field Level Media
Updated October 4, 2022