Series: Game 3 of 3

LA Dodgers won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, September 26
LA Dodgers7
Game 2: Saturday, September 27
in 12
LA Dodgers6
Game 3: Sunday, September 28
LA Dodgers10

Rockies 5

(66-96, 21-60 away)

Dodgers 10

(94-68, 45-36 home)

    4:10 PM ET, September 28, 2014

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    COL 010000310 5 9 3
    LAD 20300410 - 10 16 0

    W: Z. Greinke (17-8)

    L: C. Bergman (3-5)

    Rockies-Dodgers Preview


    Zack Greinke's final start of the regular season in all likelihood won't be overtaxing, and he should be plenty fresh to pitch Game 2 of the NL division series on Saturday at Dodger Stadium.

    However, no one can be certain of what kind of managerial style Juan Uribe will bring to Chavez Ravine.

    The Los Angeles Dodgers' 35-year-old third baseman is giving Don Mattingly the day off Sunday at home in the regular-season finale against the Colorado Rockies, who might be taken less seriously than their opponents' coaching staff.

    A defeat would make the Rockies (66-95) the 22nd team in major league history to lose 60 road games in a season.

    It'll also give Greinke a chance to set a new career high in wins, though he'll be facing NL batting leader Justin Morneau and a team that has hit him well this year.

    He can lean on one-day pitching coach Clayton Kershaw for advice.

    Greinke (16-8, 2.74 ERA), who has won at least 15 games for a fourth straight season and matched his 16-game high from 2009 and '11, hasn't lost in his last seven starts with a 4-0 record and 2.40 ERA. The right-hander surrendered two runs and six hits in eight innings of Tuesday's 4-2 victory over San Francisco to match his best win total.

    He threw a season-high 118 pitches, but said fatigue was minimal.

    "Sometimes I get tired around 100 pitches. Other times I feel good," Greinke said. "Today was one of those when I felt good."

    Assuming Uribe is a believer in limiting pitch counts, he's pretty much assured of less work now that the Dodgers have their playoff fate sealed. They'll host the NL Central winner, which could be determined Sunday or require a 163rd game Monday.

    Greinke is 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA in three starts against the Rockies this season, but they've hit him at a .310 clip.

    Morneau is 9 for 45 (.200), but he didn't play in Saturday's 6-5 loss in 12 innings.

    Morneau is batting .319, one percentage point ahead of Josh Harrison. Pittsburgh starts its game Sunday before the Rockies, so manager Walt Weiss may monitor Harrison before deciding on a lineup.

    "People talk about backing into a batting title and all that stuff," Weiss told MLB's official website. "I don't think there is such a thing. It takes six months to win it. I don't know how you back into something that takes six months to win."

    Los Angeles (93-64) has won four straight and five in a row at home against Colorado, which has dropped three straight and 38 of 44 on the road. The Rockies' 21-59 road mark is the worst in franchise history. The 2012 Houston Astros (20-61) were the last to reach 60.

    Christian Bergman gets the ball in hopes of avoiding it.

    Bergman (3-4, 5.29) will try to end his rookie season by winning back-to-back starts for the first time. He bounced back from a rough outing against Los Angeles by allowing two runs and six hits over 5 2/3 innings of last Sunday's 8-3 win over Arizona. He threw just 67 pitches before Weiss elected to pull the right-hander with a string of lefties coming to the plate.

    Bergman allowed six runs and nine hits over five innings Sept. 15 against the Dodgers.

    Matt Kemp went 1 for 3 with a home run, but the Dodgers' "interim" manager might want to consider penciling himself into the lineup. Uribe's 2-for-3 mark against Bergman is the best on the team.

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    Gameday Matchup

     ColoradoLos Angeles
    Current StreakL4W5
    Last 105-58-2

    Pitching Matchup

    ColoradoLos Angeles
    C. Bergman
    3-5, 5.93 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 at LAD
    5.1 IP, 7 ER
    Dec = Loss
    Z. Greinke
    17-8, 2.71 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 vs COL
    5.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.ColoradoLos Angeles
    1. C. Blackmon, CF D. Barney, 2B
    2. R. Ynoa, 3B Y. Puig, CF
    3. B. Paulsen, 1B A. Gonzalez, 1B
    4. W. Rosario, C M. Kemp, RF
    5. D. Stubbs, CF C. Crawford, LF
    6. B. Barnes, CF A. Ellis, C
    7. J. Rutledge, SS M. Rojas, 3B
    8. C. Culberson, 2B E. Arruebarrena, SS
    9. C. Bergman, P Z. Greinke, P