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  W: H. Ryu (13-5)   L: A. Senzatela (10-11)
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Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 47,948

Dodgers turn to Ryu seeking 100 wins ... and consistency

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Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers

  1. The Dodgers have won 11 straight home games against the Rockies, the longest active home winning streak between any opponents in MLB.
  2. Since the All-Star break, the Rockies are 6-23 in road games. These six wins are tied with the Marlins for fewest in MLB -- every other National League team has at least twice as many road wins since the All-Star break (Pirates, Padres -- 12 apiece).
  3. The Dodgers have hit one home run in their last four games, just their second four-game span with one home run in 2019 (August 6-10). LA is 39-39 when hitting one or no home runs this season, and 59-16 when hitting multiple home runs.
  4. After homering twice in his first three career games, Sam Hilliard went 3-for-31 in his next 13 games. He's since gone 4-for-6 with a pair of home runs in his last two games. He's 0-for-10 on the road.
  5. Despite hitting just .259 since June 1, Cody Bellinger is still hitting .305 in 2019. He should finish as the first player with a .300+ average and 45+ home runs since Albert Pujols in 2009, and the first Dodger to accomplish the feat since Adrian Beltre in 2004.
  6. Corey Seager has 18 RBI in September, tied with Kyle Schwarber for most in the NL. He has had three straight multi-hit games, and his five multi-hit games since September 10 are tied for most by any National Leaguer in that span (Nolan Arenado).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/20/2019 thru 9/22/2019

The Los Angeles Dodgers will now see if left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu can build up some momentum with the playoffs less than three weeks away.

Ryu will start in Sunday afternoon's series finale against the Colorado Rockies. It also will be the Dodgers' final game at home in the regular season.

Ryu, Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw are the only known starters in the playoffs for Los Angeles, with the Dodgers possibly set on using an opener whenever they need a fourth starter. As for who pitches Game 1 in the National League Division Series on Oct. 3, nothing has been set.

It appeared as if Buehler would get the honor when the Dodgers altered the rotation to have the right-hander pitch Saturday against the Colorado Rockies. But Buehler failed to dazzle, giving up a pair of home runs while taking the loss as the Rockies won 4-2.

The Rockies won at Dodger Stadium for the first time in eight tries this season. Buehler has given up 17 earned runs to the Rockies in his last three starts, but he also has a 16-strikeout game against them.

If Ryu (12-5, 2.35 ERA) can hold down the Rockies and show he is recovered from some late-season inconsistencies, perhaps manager Dave Roberts will use the lefty in the playoff opener.

Roberts will pair rookie catcher Will Smith with Ryu on Sunday. Ryu has a 5.81 ERA in 26 1/3 innings with Smith behind the plate. With veteran catcher Russell Martin this season, Ryu has a 1.60 ERA in 123 2/3 innings.

The Dodgers seemed to be leaning toward giving Smith the bulk of the catching duties in the playoffs, but he is struggling on offense, too, with an .098 batting average in 41 September at-bats. He does not have an extra-base hit in the month.

"I want to give Will another opportunity to get with Hyun-Jin and see how he fares," Roberts said Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Hyun-Jin will say it himself. If he's on and executing pitches, it doesn't matter who's catching him. There's nothing set in stone as far as catching (in October). We want to play it out so we can make as educated a decision as possible."

Ryu is 0-1 in four starts against the Rockies this season with a 4.87 ERA and is 4-7 against them lifetime over 14 starts with a 4.94 ERA.

The Rockies will counter with right-hander Antonio Senzatela (10-10, 6.83), who has struggled to the tune of a 3-5 record and an 11.85 ERA over his last eight starts going back to July 5. He faced the Dodgers once in that stretch, giving up five runs on five hits over three innings in a Sept. 4 defeat.

At 99-56 the Dodgers will get their second crack at winning 100 games for the second time in three seasons. They have won 100 games just three times in Los Angeles Dodgers history (dating back to 1958).

Dodgers infielder Max Muncy did not play Saturday with a minor hamstring issue that developed in Friday's game and his status for Sunday is not known. Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado did not play with what was diagnosed as a stomach bug.

"We don't know how he got it," Rockies manager Bud Black told reporters. "I don't know whether it's food or (something else). But there's a man down."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 22, 2019

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