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Series preview: Rockies at Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have played an odd schedule, considering they’ve already faced one team in their division, the Arizona Diamondbacks, eight times and have yet to meet another, the Colorado Rockies.

That changes this weekend.

Colorado, which beat the Dodgers in 10 out of 19 games last season, is doing its usual thing, scoring a lot of runs and allowing a lot of runs. The Rockies lead the majors with 126 runs scored, which is great -- except that only 37 of those have been scored away from Coors Field. Rockies pitchers have a 4.21 ERA.

The Dodgers haven’t scored more than eight runs in a game yet this season, while the Rockies have scored nine runs or more six times. Colorado’s hottest hitter, Charlie Blackmon, is also the National League’s hottest hitter. He’s batting .410 with an 1.146 OPS. Justin Morneau is tied for third in the National League in RBIs, with 17.

Jordan Lyles (3-0, 3.04 ERA), one of the players the Rockies got from the Houston Astros last winter for Dexter Fowler, starts Friday night against the Dodgers, who counter with Josh Beckett (0-0, 2.57); Juan Nicasio (2-0, 4.30) pitches Saturday for Colorado, while Paul Maholm (0-2, 5.60) goes for the Dodgers; Jorge De La Rosa (1-3, 6.38) opposes Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1, 2.12) on Sunday.