MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
LA Dodgers2 2 0 3 1 0 2 1 0 11161
Colorado0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 680
  W: T. Bauer (1-0)   L: A. Senzatela (0-1)
5:40 PM PT6:40 PM MT7:40 PM CT8:40 PM ET20:40 ET0:40 GMT8:40 5:40 PM MST7:40 PM EST8:10 PM VEN4:40 UAE (+1)6:40 PM CT, April 2, 2021
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 20,363

Dodgers get first real look at Trevor Bauer vs. Rockies

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Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies

  1. The Dodgers are 22-7 (.759) against the Rockies over the last two seasons, the best record by any NL team against a divisional opponent. In the 29 games, the Dodgers have scored 7.3 runs per game, hit 69 home runs (2.4 per game), hit .292 as a team and slugged .572.
  2. Los Angeles is coming off its eighth consecutive division title (3rd-longest streak all-time), and its first World Championship since 1988. After sweeping the Brewers in the wild-card round, 2-0, and the Padres in the NLDS, 3-0, the Dodgers had to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NLCS to vanquish the Braves, then were tied 2-2 thru four games of the World Series versus Tampa Bay before winning, 4-2.
  3. The 2020 Rockies got out to a strong 11-3 start (.786, best in MLB thru August 8), but then went just 15-31 the rest of the way (.326, worst in MLB from August 9 to the end of the season).
  4. Corey Seager scored 20 runs and had 20 RBI in 18 postseason games last year, something he had never done in any 18-game span in his career. The only other players in baseball history that scored and drove in 20+ runs in any 18-game postseason span (including spans across seasons) were Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.
  5. From August 11 to the end of the 2020 season, Raimel Tapia hit .339, fifth best in the National League (minimum 150 PA) behind only Freddie Freeman -- Atl .370, Marcell Ozuna -- Atl .365, Trea Turner -- Wsh .363 and Manny Machado -- SD .340.
  6. This will be Clayton Kershaw's ninth career Opening Day start, after starting eight straight from 2011-18. Kershaw owns a career 1.05 ERA (6/51.2) in his previous eight Opening Day starts. Colorado's German Marquez will be making his second consecutive Opening Day start. Last season, Marquez finished the year strong posting a 2.14 ERA in five September starts and holding opponents to a .211 batting average.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/1/2021 thru 4/4/2021

The Los Angeles Dodgers dominated the National League West for years before finally reaching the mountaintop, winning a World Series title in 2020, but it's a precarious perch.

The Dodgers strengthened their bid to repeat by signing right-hander Trevor Bauer, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, to a three-year, $102 million contract in the offseason.

Bauer will make his Dodgers debut in the second game of their four-game series in Denver against the Colorado Rockies on Friday night, matched up against Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela.

Colorado won Thursday's opener 8-5, a game that featured a base-running blunder by Justin Turner in the third inning that turned Cody Bellinger's two-run homer into a run-scoring single.

Los Angeles catcher Austin Barnes left the game in the seventh inning after colliding with C.J. Cron on a play at home.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after the game that Barnes' right hand was spiked on the play but that Barnes should be able to play Saturday.

"Initially he was scared," Roberts said. "It was his throwing hand, and he got a hand full of spikes. The hand has some cuts, but he's going to be fine."

Bauer went 5-4 last season and led the NL in ERA (1.73), complete games (two) and shutouts (two) to help the Reds reach the playoffs. Cincinnati didn't hang around long, but joining the defending champs might lead to a longer stay in the postseason.

He doesn't feel the outside pressure to succeed despite the high expectations.

"I know what kind of pitcher I am. I know how hard I work, how much knowledge I've amassed and how far I've come," Bauer said during spring training. "If I have something to prove, it's to myself -- always. I hold myself to a much higher standard than anyone else holds me to. People can say what they want to say -- it doesn't really matter."

Bauer spent most of his career in the American League, but he is familiar with the Rockies. In three career starts against them, he is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA, and he has made one unsuccessful start at Coors Field. He allowed four runs on five hits and walked five in 3 1/3 innings on June 7, 2017, while with the Cleveland Indians.

Senzatela's first start was moved up after Kyle Freeland went on the injured list because of shoulder soreness. Senzatela was sidelined for two weeks during spring training due to a hamstring strain, but he looked good in his final Cactus League start on March 26.

The righty got 10 ground-ball outs in five innings, a good sign for a pitcher who calls Coors Field his home.

"I feel really good, and I feel like I'm working really good," Senzatela said after the outing.

It took a few years and a couple of hiccups for Senzatela to establish himself in the Rockies' rotation. He was one of the bright spots last season, going 5-3 with a 3.44 ERA in 12 starts, and he finished 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA at home.

He was 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers last season and has had some mild success against the NL West rivals.

Overall, he is 3-3 with a 5.74 ERA in 10 career appearances (eight starts) against Los Angeles and is 3-0 with a 3.86 ERA in three career starts at Coors Field against the Dodgers.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 2, 2021

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