The Rockies are in the midst of a five-game winning and possess a 1.5-game lead over the Dodgers in the National League West standings. Los Angeles looks to bounce back from a disappointing series loss to the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers will be without the services of Kenley Jensen for the entire series. after his cardiologist recommended he skip the trip, and instead, rejoin the club next week in Cincinnati.
Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for his 22nd start of the season. He enters with a 6-5 record, 2.40 ERA, 3.01 FIP and 0.98 WHIP in 131.1 innings pitched, having struck out 127 batters compared to only 20 walks.
Kershaw was efficient in his last outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sept. 1, allowing just four hits and two runs over seven innings pitched. It marked the eighth consecutive start in which the three-time Cy Young Award winner logged a minimum of six innings while yielding two runs or less.
Colorado counters with Jon Gray, who looks to build off an impressive start against the San Diego Padres. In six innings pitched, he allowed seven hits and two runs in what amounted to his 11th victory of the season.
Gray enters at 11-7, having posted a 4.70 ERA, 3.59 FIP and 1.27 WHIP over 153.1 innings pitched this season in 26 starts. He has garnered mixed results in his career against the Dodgers, pitching to a 3.78 ERA and 1.36 WHIP across 47.2 frames in nine games.
This is a huge series for both teams as the pennant races are really heating up. The Dodgers have been inconstant all season and the Rockies have been hot as of late. This series has high playoff implications and both team look to take control of the division.