As the Dodgers enter the final stretch of the season, they are still only one game behind the Giants. If a tight division race wasn’t nerve-racking enough, being a game apart from your most hated vision rival adds another element.
Just imagine if it comes down to a Game 163.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers will finish up the final road trip of the season with division opponents. After taking two out of three from the Reds, the Dodgers will visit Colorado and Arizona to finish the roadtrip.
First, off they will begin a three-game series with the Rockies. The last time the two sides met, the Rockies actually took two out of three from the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
The Giants, at the same time, will be playing the Padres, who come off of just being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals. Each day, the Padres fall behind more in the race for the second wildcard, so they will have to turn it around quickly if they want to even have a chance. Hopefully, that comes at the expense of the Giants.
The Dodgers will run out perhaps their best pitching trio, although it will be at Coors Field, beginning Tuesday with Julio Urias, who still leads the league in wins at 18, followed by Walker Buehler and Max Scherzer.
Now with every game being watched closely, the Dodgers simply will have to bring their A-game. It appears as the Cardinals will lock onto that second wild-card spot as they’ve won nine games in a row. They’re three games up on the Reds and 9-1 in their last ten games, so they are getting hot at the right moment.
Senzatela, who will pitch the first game of this three-game series, is 4-9 on the year with a 4.06 ERA. Urias is 18-3 with a 2.99 ERA.
Meanwhile, as the evening progresses, we will all be scoreboard watching down in San Diego. The Giants will hand the ball to Kevin Gausman, while the Padres have not announced a starter.
Urias will look to make it 19 wins in Colorado. The first pitch for the opener is scheduled for 5:40 p.m. Pacific.
The Dodgers also announced Tuesday morning unfortunately that Jo Lasorda passed away at the age of 91. Jo was the widow of Dodger Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda. The couple was married for 70 years.