Kyle Kendrick (6-13, 6.37 ERA) and Brett Anderson (9-9, 3.52 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Colorado Rockies (64-90) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (87-66) at Coors Field. The Rockies won the last game 7-4 and Colorado leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 26 and can be seen on RTRM and SNLA.
Kendrick pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering six runs, striking out three and walking one in a 10-4 defeat to the Padres. Carlos Gonzalez (.263, 83 Rs, 38 HRs, 91 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 3 with three runs, one home run, and one RBI. Anderson went 4.2 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out one and walking one in an 8-4 defeat to the Diamondbacks in his last outing. Andre Ethier (.293, 51 Rs, 13 HRs, 45 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Los Angeles takes on Colorado as a -158 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at 11 runs. The Rockies have recorded an overall money line of -1,566 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 44-70. Colorado has recorded a disappointing 1-7 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The Rockies are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 479.
In games where it is the favorite, Los Angeles has a 77-55 record and an overall money line of -796. They have been playing solid baseball as favorite with a 38-23 record against NL West rivals, and a 41-25 record SU. Los Angeles is excellent at drawing walks with an NL-best 3.5 per game. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Dodgers are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.19 for the season.
The Dodgers lead the season series, 11-6. The Rockies have a bad 8-28 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Anderson takes the mound. Kendrick (RHP) will be on the hill against the Dodgers, who have a 68-49 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers sit at 41-26 against their divisional rivals, while the Rockies are 28-40.
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 29-27, while Colorado is 31-38.
The Dodgers are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Rockies have a record of 27-33 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 45-15. The Dodgers have a 66-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st, Los Angeles sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 629 this season. Colorado ranks in the top five at fifth with 689.
Los Angeles tops the league in walks with 537 this season. Colorado ranks near the bottom at 27th with 369.
The Rockies are 53-52 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Dodgers are 66-38 when they hit at least one homer.