Though most teams were gifted a Friday off day after the Opening Day festivities on Thursday, the Dodgers weren't so lucky. Their schedule includes plenty of promotional giveaways for the fans, but not a lot of breathers.
LA earned a series split, with their chance for a 3-1 series victory wrecked by a late bunt on Sunday evening. So much for Mookie Betts' pitch-perfect outfield assist, which was all for naught.
Without an off day again, the Dodgers will be right back at it Monday at 7:10 PM PST, battling CJ Cron and a Rockies team that fought valiantly against San Diego over the weekend.
Dodgers lineup for Monday, April 3 vs Rockies
Dodgers Pitching Probables for Monday, April 3 vs Rockies
This contest against the slugging Rockies will feature an inexperienced pitching matchup, but still one that tilts heavily in the Dodgers' favor.
After young fifth starter Ryan Pepiot was felled just before the season began with an oblique strain (and, as we all know, those can be tricky), his cohort in the No. 5 competition, Michael Grove, was elevated to take his spot.
Grove will get the start at home on Monday night, and he'll be opposed by 26-year-old Ryan Feltner, the Rockies' 2018 fourth-round selection out of Ohio State. Pitching statistics have rarely been kind to the Rockies, due to the fact that the franchise plays their home games in a zero-gravity tube, but Feltner's 2022 was rough, even with that qualifier baked in. In 97.1 innings, he allowed 102 hits, struck out 84, surrendered 16 home runs and posted a 5.83 ERA.
His numbers were roughly equal at home and on the road (5.73 road ERA), though he somehow allowed a far higher batting average on the road (.281 vs. .247). Hopefully, the young Feltner is just what the Dodgers ordered after a tough offensive finale vs. Arizona.