MLB: Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers

Colorado Rockies (38-41) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (42-36)

Date : 06/29/2018
Time : 10:10 PM ET
Location : Dodger Stadium

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Colorado Rockies vs Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers will welcome to the Rockies to Dodger Stadium as the two teams from the NL West division will go head to head in a 3 game series starting Friday. The Dodgers are 2nd in the division and the Rockies are 4th. This will be there the 3rd meeting of the year with the Dodgers leading the season series 2-0.

Game 1: 10:10 PM ET

Game 2: 7:15 PM ET

Game 3: 4:10 PM ET

Colorado Rockies's Latest Performance :

The Rockies will continue their 6 game road trip as they will take on the Dodgers in a three-game series, the Rockies are currently on a 3 game losing streak they are hoping to turn things around as they are now 7 games back of the D-Backs for the top spot after being in first place at the beginning of June. The Rockies are a very solid team on the road this season they are 23-19 so they are hoping to pick up some ground during this road trip. Coming into this series the Rockies are 29th in pitching with a whopping 5.13 ERA and 6th in batting with 371 runs scored this season. The team pitching has to improve if the Rockies want to compete in the NL West division.

Player to watch in this series: Ian Desmond, he finished 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run and two runs scored, he is slowly starting to warm up with the weather. He hit .154 with three homers and 11 RBI in April, .215 with five homers and 15 RBI in May and .274 with seven homers and 16 RBI so far through 23 contests in the month of June. He has raised his average from .196 to .217 since flipping the calendar from May, and he has five multi-hit performances over his past 11 outings.

Team leaders: 

  • RBIs: Troy Story (58)
  • Homers: Nolan Arenado (18)
  • Batting Average: Nolan Arenado (.314)

Probable Pitchers for this series:

Game 1: Tyler Anderson, he will be pitching for the Rockies in the series opener, in his last outing he surrendered four runs in six-plus innings and was charged with a loss to the Marlins. He is now 4-3 on the year with a 4.62 ERA. 

Game 2: German Marquez, he allowed six runs, five earned and nine hits with three walks and six strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings.  He’ll look to rebound against the Dodgers in game 2. He is  1-0 with a 3.46 ERA in two outings against L.A., and the Dodgers are hitting just .188 against him over 13 innings.

Game 3: Chad Bettis, coughed up eight earned runs, nine hits, and five walks over just 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision in his last performance. He is 5-1 and has a 2.70 ERA in eight starts away from home. 

Los Angeles Dodgers's Latest Performance :

The Dodgers are currently on a 10 game homestand as they will now play their division rival the Rockies in a three-game set, they are coming off a hard-fought series against the Cubs. The Dodgers are now in second place of the NL West division and are only 2 1/2 back of the division leader the D-Backs. They are 21-20 when playing at home this season. Coming into this series the Dodgers are 8th in batting with 362 runs scored this season and 7th in pitching with a 3.56 ERA. The Dodgers bullpen must do a better job as the season progresses because when the starter pitcher pitches well he expects the bullpen to close out the game. They have to play well at home against the Rockies considering how well the Rockies play on the road this season.

Player to watch in this series: Cody Bellinger, he has become one of the Dodgers leaders in the second half of the season, he has been playing really well lately and should be a factor when the Rockies come to visit. Although he started the season slow he starting to heat up for the Dodgers. He is now slashing .244/.331/.491 with 39 RBIs and 15 homers on the season. 

Team leaders: 

  • RBIs: Matt Kemp (47)
  • Homers: Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy both have 15.
  • Batting Average: Matt Kemp (.311)

Probable Pitchers for this series:

Game 1: Rich Hill, he lasted just five innings Sunday, getting charged with four runs and taking a no-decision.  He issued just one walk and struck out five batters, but four of the five hits he gave up went for extra bases, he will be pitching for the Dodgers in the series opener against the Rockies. 

Game 2: Kenta Maeda, he blanked the Cubs over seven innings while allowing three hits and striking out nine. His ERA is now 3.44, and he’s struck out 80 hitters over his 68 innings, he starts on Saturday for the Dodgers.

Game 3: Ross Stripling, he was tagged for eight hits and three runs over six innings Wednesday in the Dodgers’ loss to the Cubs. He struck out seven and didn’t walk anyone over 84 pitches as he will close things off for the Dodgers in the rubber game against the Rockies. 

How Colorado Rockies & Los Angeles Dodgers Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Dodgers are 26-9 in their last 35 overall.

Rockies are 6-2 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning record.

Against The Spread Selection: Los Angeles Dodgers

My reason for the pick :

The Dodgers should be able to take of business at home as I predict a 2-1 series win for the Dodgers over the Rockies, although the Rockies are a great team on the road but however, they won’t be able to figure out the Dodgers batters considering how well they have been playing lately. The Dodgers will be focused in this series because they want to eliminate any competitors they can early to make it only a two-team race between the D-Backs and Dodgers. The Dodgers have the momentum coming into this series while the Rockies don’t.

Betting trends for Colorado Rockies:

  • Rockies are 0-7 in their last 7 vs. National League West.

Betting trends for Los Angeles Dodgers:

  • Dodgers are 5-1 in their last 6 after scoring 2 runs or less in their previous game.