Dodgers, Rockies to pit rookies in first game

Dodgers, Rockies to pit rookies in first game

The Dodgers and Rockies will meet for a split doubleheader Wednesday with Ross Stripling and Tyler Anderson squaring off for the first game and Rich Hill and Jeff Hoffman pitching the nightcap.

Anderson was slated to pitch Tuesday's game, which was postponed due to rain, but didn't throw a competitive pitch. He stayed warm by playing catch, but will not be on a shorter pitch count.

Stripling has had middling results since being reinstated to the rotation in August. He has given up 11 runs (10 earned) over 22 innings in his four starts, but has impressively only issued four walks.

Hoffman, the Rockies No. 3 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, has had his share of challenges as he eases into the Major Leagues. He is hoping that the third start will be the charm.

The Cubs -- who rank second in the National League in runs -- knocked Hoffman around for seven runs (six earned) over four plus innings in his Major League debut. However, he came back to limit the Nationals -- fourth in the NL in runs -- to four runs (three earned) over six innings in his next start.

"It's just about executing pitches," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He's got plenty of stuff. He's got plenty of fastball and he's got a great breaking ball. He's shown an above-average changeup at times. He's got weapons. It's about executing pitches. It always has been up here. It's about hitting targets, putting sequences together, being able to speed up hitters and slow them down, and being in control of the at-bat as a pitcher."

Hill will look to take advantage of an extra day of rest in his second start after missing a month due to a blister. He threw six scoreless innings in his first start with the Dodgers last Wednesday.

Three things to know about this game

• Dodgers manager Dave Roberts expects shortstop Corey Seager to play Wednesday after not appearing in the starting lineup Tuesday against Anderson. Seager was hit on his left wrist in the seventh inning of Monday's game against the Dodgers, although the X-rays were negative.

• Stripling has been plagued by the long ball recently with four home runs given up in his last three starts. The Rockies are fourth in the NL in home runs and first in homers at home.

• Hoffman's average fastball velocity of 94.3 mph is 26th-highest among starters with at least 10 innings. That would be 10th best among qualified starters. 

Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.