David Hale (4-5, 6.32 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (63-90) go up against Mike Bolsinger (6-4, 3.26 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (87-65) in the first of a three-game division series at Coors Field. The Rockies go into this series looking to snap a five-game losing streak. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 25 and will air on RTRM and SNLA.
In his last start, Hale pitched 3.0 innings, giving up four runs and striking out two in a 10-4 loss to the Padres. Nolan Arenado (.285, 90 Rs, 39 HRs, 117 RBIs, 2 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two RBIs. The Dodgers were unsuccessful to the Pirates 4-3 the last time Bolsinger pitched. He went 4.1 innings, allowing three runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking three. Andre Ethier (.293, 50 Rs, 13 HRs, 45 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 1 yesterday.
Colorado is a +134 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 11 runs. The Rockies have a losing record of 44-69 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of -1,466. They are 2-6 as the underdog over their last 10 games. The Rockies rank fourth in the majors in extra base hits with 474.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Dodgers come into this game with a win percentage of .580 when playing as the favorite (76-55) and an overall money line of -896. Against teams in their division, they are 40-25 SU and have played well as the favorite with a 37-23 record. The Dodgers average 3.5 walks per game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the NL. Switching gears to Los Angeles's pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.19 on the year, good for third in the league.
The Dodgers have gotten the best of the Rockies in head-to-head matchups this season, going 11-5. The Rockies will take on a right-hander (Bolsinger) in this game and have a 55-62 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Dodgers will be the right-hander Hale. They sport a 68-49 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers hold a 41-25 record in matchups against NL West Division rivals, while the Rockies currently sit at 27-40 in these games.
The Rockies are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 10 strikeouts. The Dodgers have a record of 20-20 when they are struck out that many times or more.
It looks like the Dodgers have a slight leg up on the Rockies, as the Dodgers have won their last two games while the Rockies have lost their last five.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 45-15. The Dodgers have a 66-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th in runs, Los Angeles has earned 625 this season. Colorado ranks sixth with 682 runs.
Los Angeles tops the league in walks with 532 this season. Colorado ranks near the bottom at 27th with 366.
The Rockies are 52-52 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Dodgers are 66-38 when they hit at least one homer.