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Dodgers Record: 91-68
Playoff Race Status: Chasing No. 2 seed (three games back of St. Louis)
Friday: Collin McHugh vs. Clayton Kershaw
Saturday: Juan Nicasio vs. Zack Greinke
Sunday: Tyler Chatwood vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu
I say chasing the No. 2 seed because that's the best the Dodgers can do now after losing to the Giants on Thursday night. If they, the Braves and the Cardinals all finish with the same 94-68 record, the Braves would get the top spot by virtue of their winning records. The Dodgers would get the No. 2 seed by virtue of their winning record against the Cardinals.
But that only happens if the Cardinals get swept, and I have the opposite happening. Some analysis is coming anyway, but just know that it's academic in my scenario.
The Rockies are a lousy team that's in the middle of a lousy finish to the season, but the Dodgers would probably rather be wrapping up their season against somebody else.
The Rockies have played the Dodgers well this season, going 8-8 against them in 16 games. They've even handled Clayton Kershaw, as three of the seven starts in which he's allowed at least three earned runs have come against Colorado. The Rockies have also beaten up on Zack Greinke in two of the three starts he's made against them.
It could be worse for the Dodgers, however. Carlos Gonzalez has crushed Dodger pitching to the tune of a 1.203 OPS this season, but he's too hurt to play. Also, the Rockies have hurt the Dodgers far more at Coors Field this season than they have at Dodger Stadium (wearing my surprised face right now, you guys).
Also, it's important to note that Kershaw and Greinke won't be done after, say, 60 or 70 pitches in their final regular season starts.
"It will be normal, within reason," manager Don Mattingly told MLB.com. "Not 115 or 120 pitches."
It may not be a rout, but the Dodgers should take care of business.
Prediction: Dodgers sweep to finish 94-68.