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5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, April 3, 2021
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 20,688

Dodgers' Walker Buehler aims for good start against 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

Judging simply by his exhibition starts, Walker Buehler could be in for a rough 2021.

However, the Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander isn't worried about his stats in March. He is looking ahead to the regular season, which for him begins Saturday when he takes the mound against the Colorado Rockies in Denver.

Colorado won the series opener 8-5 on Thursday before Los Angeles rebounded with an 11-6 win on Friday night.

Buehler, who went 1-2 with a 7.94 ERA (15 earned runs and six home runs allowed in 17 innings) over five spring training starts, is starting the third game of the season but has the stuff of an ace.

He is 24-9 in his short career after getting just one decision in eight starts last season -- a win over the Rockies at Dodgers Stadium. He threw six innings of one-run ball and struck out 11 on Aug. 21.

Buehler is 5-2 with a 4.07 ERA (36 ER in 79 2/3 innings) in 16 career games (12 starts) against the Rockies. At Coors Field, he is 1-1 with a 5.12 ERA in seven games (five starts).

Most important, he got through spring training with no issues and is ready to go, even if it is in the thin air of Denver.

"You want to be successful, you want to go home confident with what you did," Buehler said after one of his final spring training starts. "But at the end of the day, that's what this is for, to build up. So we'll take that as a positive, I guess, and try to work on some of the stuff that went wrong."

Colorado will send veteran Jon Gray to the mound against Buehler. Gray has had an up-and-down career with the Rockies, showing signs of being an ace and at other times searching for consistency. He was the starter when Colorado played the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2017 National League wild-card game but was roughed up.

He began 2018 strong but faltered later in the year and was left of the NL Division Series roster when the Rockies played the Milwaukee Brewers. He bounced back in 2019 but had an injury-shortened 2020 and wasn't sharp in his eight overall starts, losing his final outing on Sept. 1, a game Colorado lost 23-5 against the San Francisco Giants.

Colorado is hoping Gray shows the form he displayed two years ago because the rotation needs to be strong if the Rockies want to compete in a tough NL West.

"They have to be durable," manager Bud Black said of his starters late in spring training. "That's the thing that I think sticks out the most for any successful rotation. The ability to go to the post and log innings. Go out there and throw your six innings-plus and pitch well enough to stay out there."

Gray has had some success against the Dodgers, most notably at Coors Field where he is 4-1 with a 3.48 ERA in nine starts against them. In a hitter-friendly park, he has held Los Angeles to a .249 batting average and a .413 slugging percentage.

In his career, he is 5-6 with a 4.62 ERA in 15 career starts against the Dodgers.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 3, 2021

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