La Dodgers Dodgers vs Colorado Rockies Picks and Predictions June 2, 2024

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Rested Austin Gomber looks to lead Rockies to Series victory against Dodgers

Six days after being scratched from the start due to an irritated elbow, Colorado Rockies left-hander Austin Gomber will return to the mound on Sunday to face the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rockies decided to give Gomber extra rest, which would guarantee him being prepared for the urgent road game against the first-place Dodgers, giving him 10 days off and keeping him in his regular Revolution opening in the MLB.

Gomber’s return

“There are no restrictions there. We’ll definitely keep an eye on him,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “But he feels good.”

Gomber’s performance against the Dodgers wasn’t exactly great, historically speaking. He has an 0-3 record with a 5.67 ERA in seven appearances (six starts) against Los Angeles. At Dodger Stadium specifically, he is 0-1 with a 3.79 ERA in four starts. However, Gomber (1-2, 2.76 ERA) is having a strong May, posting a 0.68 ERA in four starts. This impressive run, along with fellow starter Cal Quantrill, created a wave that saw the Rockies win 13 of 20 games heading into Saturday’s game against the Dodgers.

Rockies strategy and performance

“We held (the rotation) on their regular day,” Black explained. “All the other guys felt good, so we just gave (Gomber) the maximum rest to make sure the elbow felt good.”

Cal Quantrill’s recent hot streak ended Saturday when he surrendered four runs in just 4 1/3 innings in a 4-1 loss to the Dodgers. This marked his most runs allowed since April 27 and the highest number of hits given up since his season debut. It was only the second time this season that he failed to deliver at least five innings.

Ezequiel Tovar was a standout for the Rockies, recording three hits in each of the first two games of the series. Tovar has scored multiple goals in six of his last nine games and has scored three or more goals seven times this season. “Our confidence is always there, whether we win or lose,” Tovar said through an interpreter. “We have to maintain that level of confidence no matter what we do and go out and compete and do what we do best.”

The Rockies won the series opener 4-1 on Friday.

The counter of the evaders

The Dodgers will counter with right-hander Gavin Stone (5-2, 3.16 ERA), who has been in great structure lately. Stone boasts a 2.20 ERA over his eight-plus starts and a 1.97 time in five May games, going 3-1. Stone’s best start of the stretch came Tuesday against the New York Mets, where he posted seven scoreless innings and allowed just three hits.

“Gavin was fantastic. He really was,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “(The Mets) didn’t threaten at all. Got a lot of quick outs, with swing and miss. His command with the fastball at the bottom of the zone was good all night. Mixed in a lot of good changes.”

Stone will face the Rockies for the first time, adding an element of unpredictability to the MLB matchup.

Key players to keep an eye on

While the Dodgers have found success of late, Mookie Betts has struggled. Betts is 0-for-9 in the current series and 0-for-13 in his past three games, with just two home runs since April 13. However, other players have gone a step further. Shohei Ohtani stole his 100th base of his career on Saturday, and Will Smith, who hit an RBI double, has five extra-base hits in his last four games.

Conclusion

With the Rockies looking to earn a series victory, much will depend on Austin Gomber’s ability to continue with his new structure and deal with the strong Dodgers lineup. With Gavin Stone set to pitch for Los Angeles, the game promises to be a stiffly contested battle in the MLB. The Rockies’ assurance and late execution, especially from players like Ezequiel Tovar, will be key in capturing the Dodgers’ imposing home presence. Sunday’s loss promises to be an astonishing and critical matchup for the two groups in the MLB.