The Los Angeles Dodgers start fresh in a new series against the Colorado Rockies and so are our Dodgers Beat the Streak hitting streaks.
Thursday’s contest against the Philadelphia Phillies was a rough one not only for the Los Angeles Dodgers but for our Beat the Streak hitting streaks.
The Dodgers were able to come up with just one run and two hits and were completely outmatched by Aaron Nola. With the team getting just two hits, our chances of extending our streaks were obviously slim.
And neither of us were able to accomplish the feat. I, regrettably, went with Clayton Kershaw, thinking he would get at least three at-bats and deliver a base hit up the middle. Kershaw had just one at-bat and struck out. This is the second time I have done this and the last.
Sarah went with a proper hitter in Joc Pederson, who was unable to extend her modest five-game streak with a 0-4 performance.
Now, we must capitalize on the Dodgers’ first series at Coors Field and the potential offensive fireworks that could be coming.
Sarah’s pick — Current streak 0: Cody Bellinger
My pick for today is Cody Bellinger. He’s in a clear slump right now, but I predict the offense will wake up tonight in Colorado. Coors Field is THE offensive ballpark and if the Dodgers can’t hit at least a few homers in this series, I’ll be worried.
Tonight the Dodgers will play a bullpen game, sending Scott Alexander to the mound for the first couple innings. Though bullpen games are risky, the Dodgers’ pen is getting stronger, and I think Alexander is the perfect guy to start it off.
That said, the Dodgers will need an offensive outburst tonight. Tyler Anderson, the Rockies starter, has been pretty solid this season, but still has a 4+ ERA. The key for the Dodgers tonight is to get to their starter early and tag him with at least a handful of runs because Colorado’s bullpen has been excellent this year.
Cody Bellinger knows Coors Field well and I’m predicting that tonight he gives Dodger fans a lot to cheer for.
Jason’s pick — Current streak 0: Enrique Hernandez
The Los Angeles Dodgers are facing a southpaw in Tim Anderson, which means that Enrique Hernandez should get the start in center field. Hernandez is notorious for thriving against left-handed pitching and actually delivered the Dodgers’ only RBI on Thursday.
Hernandez is also notorious for having big offensive performances and having them in bunches. The super utility has surprising power and can deliver multi-home run games and will do so sporadically. Tonight feels like one of those nights, especially considering the Dodgers are playing at Coors Field.
I am calling that Hernandez will not only get a hit tonight but will get at least one long ball in the process. It won’t be an ordinary home run, either, it is going to be an absolute moonshot.