As far as the Dodgers are concerned, the fate of a key early homestand -- as well as a milestone victory in franchise history -- is in the hands of the right pitcher.
Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1, 2.12 ERA) has held opponents to a .291 batting average with 28 strikeouts in 34 innings, which makes him the right guy to send against the Rockies and lefty Jorge De La Rosa (1-3, 6.38 ERA) on Sunday afternoon. The Rockies won Friday night's series opener, 5-4 in 11 innings. The Dodgers rebounded to win Saturday night, 6-3.
A victory would be the 10,000th in Dodgers franchise history, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Only the Giants, Cubs and Braves have reached that plateau.
Ryu is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in two starts against the Rockies. He struck out a career-hit 12 against them at Dodger Stadium last April 30 in a 6-2 victory. The Rockies defeated him at Dodger Stadium last Sept. 29 in a 2-1 decision.
De La Rosa has been fighting back to respectability after a difficult start to the season. De La Rosa lasted just 4 1/3 innings in each of his first three starts.
However, De La Rosa took a loss against the Padres on April 16 when he went six innings and gave up three runs, two earned. The next start, he ran up a high pitch count in five innings (102) but gave up just one run in a win over the Giants of Coors Field.
While De La Rosa was inefficient, he forced a couple of double-play grounders and struck out five.
Dodgers: Catcher production not a problem if others produce
With Tim Federowicz and Drew Butera catching in the absence of A.J. Ellis (knee), the Dodgers are not getting much offense from behind the plate. Into Saturday, Federowicz was hitting .091, Butera .222.
"It probably would be a lot less talked about if we were putting some runs on the board," manager Don Mattingly said.
The Dodgers put up six runs on Saturday, and Butera scored one of them after walking to lead off the fourth inning.
Rockies: Martin's debut a positive one
Right-handed reliever Chris Martin was drafted by the Rockies in 2005 but didn't sign because of a shoulder injury. Years later he felt much better, left a job working in a warehouse and signed to play independent ball in 2010. After three seasons in the Red Sox's chain and a trade to the Rockies over the winter, Martin finally debuted Saturday night.
Martin, 28, gave up a hit and a walk in the seventh, but worked Justin Turner into a double-play grounder to end the scoreless frame.
From Arlington, Texas, Martin knew his hometown had a lot of new Rockies fans.
"Oh, man, they probably paid for that MLB app -- a lot of them," Martin said, smiling. "I know yesterday [when I was called up] my phone blew up. I heard from lots of family and friends."
• After scoring 22 runs in three games during their series in Arizona from April 11-13, the Dodgers scored just 33 runs over their next 11 games into Saturday night, going 4-7 during that stretch.
"Since we left Arizona, we've really been an offense that hasn't been that good," Mattingly said. "We've just got to continue to get better."
• Dee Gordon leads the Majors with 12 steals in 13 attempts. Thanks largely to Gordon, the Dodgers are tied with Cincinnati for the Major League lead with 25 steals.
• Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado ran his career-best hitting streak to 16 games, and first baseman Justin Morneau extended his hit streak to 10 games with an RBI single in the fifth on Saturday. Arenado's is the longest active streak in the Majors.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.