MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
LA Dodgers3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 440
Colorado0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 241
  W: J. Urías (1-0)   L: A. Gomber (0-1)   S: C. Knebel (1)
12:10 PM PT1:10 PM MT2:10 PM CT3:10 PM ET15:10 ET19:10 GMT3:10 12:10 PM MST2:10 PM EST2:40 PM VEN23:10 UAE1:10 PM CT, April 4, 2021
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 20,368

Austin Gomber to face Dodgers in debut for 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

Nolan Arenado was a fan favorite for good reason. He won the Gold Glove at third base in every season he played for the Colorado Rockies, and he was a good hitter with power.

When he signed a big contract before the 2019 season, Colorado fans thought he would be a Rockies player for life, but things changed quickly. Two years after he signed the deal, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Critics lamented the lack of value Colorado received in return, but Austin Gomber will try to show Colorado fans his worth when he makes his Rockies debut Sunday afternoon against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He will face Julio Urias in a battle of left-handers at Coors Field.

The Dodgers have won the middle two games of the four-game series, including a 6-5 nail-biter on Saturday night.

Gomber made the rotation out of spring training and figures to be a mainstay. He has appeared in only 43 games in parts of two seasons with the Cardinals, starting 15. In two career starts against Los Angeles he is 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA.

He has pitched a total of eight innings in the two starts, allowing nine runs on 14 hits and striking out seven without walking a batter.

Rockies manager Bud Black has faith that Gomber can pitch effectively.

"This guy has pitched in the big leagues, albeit not a ton of innings, but he's got confidence and he's got stuff," Black said. "There's a composure to him."

Urias has more experience than his fellow lefty, and that includes plenty of postseason action. Urias has been used out of the bullpen in 36 of his 74 games in his career with the Dodgers.

He started 10 games in 11 appearances in 2020 and had two starts in six playoff games to help Los Angeles win the World Series.

As much success as he has had in his career (12-7 overall, four saves) he has yet to beat Colorado. In 10 games -- seven starts -- he is 0-1 with a 5.77 ERA. Things are a little rougher for him at Coors Field -- the site of his lone decision against the Rockies -- where he has a 6.55 ERA in six games, four of them starts.

Urias worked on his curveball in spring training.

"It's something that gets guys off the fastball. He can strike it. I like the shape of it," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said at the end of March. "He can put that ball on the ground if he wants to. I like it, and his changeup has really come on since the middle of last year, too."

The first three games of the series have been a mixed bag. The Rockies won the opener, and then Los Angeles starter and reigning NL Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer took a no-hitter into the seventh before Colorado erupted for six runs in an eventual loss.

The Dodgers have owned the series since 2018, going 24-8, including Saturday night. But the players know they can never relax playing in Denver.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 4, 2021

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