Corey Seager and Trayce Thompson share a house with two other Los Angeles Dodgers that is far from their own but have built a bond that has them encouraging each other with each accomplishment.
Neither has been in the league very long and both took some time getting adjusted to Dodger Stadium. Now they're feeling right at home while helping Los Angeles come to the brink of tying its longest winning streak of the season.
Southern California native Tyler Chatwood should have plenty of supporters in the crowd Monday night, although the last thing the best road pitcher in baseball wants is to feel any sense of home when he takes the hill for the Colorado Rockies.
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The 22-year-old Seager finished with six hits during a weekend sweep of visiting Atlanta, and five left the yard. He tagged three homers in the series opener before adding a pair in Sunday's 12-6 victory, helping give the Dodgers (31-27) a chance to win four in a row for the second time this season.
Seager is hitting .375 with 10 homers over his last 14 at Dodger Stadium.
“Just putting swings on balls right now, elevating them,” he said. “They're going out. It's just one of those things you try to do every day, and it's working right now.”
The 25-year-old Thompson is rolling, too. Manager Dave Roberts bumped him to the No. 3 spot in the lineup for the finale and he went 1 for 3 with two walks and two runs.
Thompson, the brother of Golden State Warriors standout Klay who came over from the Chicago White Sox in a three-game trade in December, homered in the series opener and is batting .406 with five long balls in his last 12 at Chavez Ravine.
“He's the type of guy when we acquired him in the offseason, he had a really high floor and we felt confident that he would be a really good extra outfielder with a real ceiling to it as well,” president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told MLB's official website.
“That lean, the plus athlete, those guys tend to take a little bit longer to develop and sync up their bodies with the long arms. He's continued to take another step forward this year and it's been great to watch.”
Thompson is from the Los Angeles area like Chatwood, whose rise from injury has been even more stunning. Chatwood (6-4, 2.99 ERA) had Tommy John surgery after his fourth start in 2014 and missed all of last season while recovering.
Chatwood gave up one earned run over his previous two starts combined before a hiccup Wednesday, when he allowed five runs – four earned – in 5 2/3 innings of a 7-2 loss to Cincinnati. He also walked a season high-tying three in his shortest start since going a season-low four innings in a 4-1 loss to the Dodgers on April 23.
“He wasn't real crisp,” manager Walt Weiss said. “Location was a little off, especially with the fastball. Got in a lot of tough counts. Wasn't as sharp as we've seen him lately.”
The right-hander should be happy to be back out on the road after four of his last five outings came in Colorado. Chatwood is 4-0 with a major league-best 0.53 ERA and hasn't allowed a homer in five starts outside of Coors Field, where his ERA is 5.30.
There's plenty of time for it to change, but the only pitcher to finish a season with a sub-1.00 ERA with at least five starts on the road is St. Louis legend Bob Gibson with a 0.81 mark in 1968. The New York Mets' Steven Matz's 1.32 road ERA is the next best behind Chatwood.
He'll try to help the Rockies (25-31) to rare back-to-back victories after they snapped a four-game skid with Sunday's 10-3 win over San Diego. Carlos Gonzalez hit a pair of two-run homers and Nolan Arenado added a two-run shot.
Arenado, Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon have 11 official at-bats apiece against Mike Bolsinger, who hasn't faced anyone more times.
Bolsinger (1-2, 4.20) has made three starts in two stints with the Dodgers this season. He hasn't thrown more than 85 pitches and gave up two runs and two hits in five innings of Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
“First start was a little iffy, but other than that it's actually been feeling pretty good,” Bolsinger said. “It's a progression every outing. It seems to be getting better and better. Definitely looking forward to Monday.”
The right-hander's lone victory came in his only start at Dodger Stadium, beating Cincinnati on May 24. He's 5-3 with a 3.26 ERA at Chavez Ravine since joining Los Angeles, including six scoreless innings against the Rockies there on May 17, 2015.
Bolsinger struggled in his last two starts against the Rockies – both on the road – while allowing 11 runs in nine innings. Gonzalez has five hits with a homer and a double in their matchups.
Arenado, who is tied for the major league lead with 18 homers, has just two singles off Bolsinger with three strikeouts.
“He's gotten close to hitting a couple home runs off me that went foul,” Bolsinger said. “(I've been) working in and out with him, being aggressive with the fastball and throwing my offspeed pitches.”
Scott Van Slyke could be in the starting lineup for this after Roberts decided against starting him at the last minute Sunday. Van Slyke was activated from the disabled list Friday.