Clayton Kershaw (13-6, 2.15 ERA) gets the ball for the Los Angeles Dodgers (82-60) as they go up against Jon Gray (0-0, 5.17 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (60-83) in the first of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. The game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 14 and will air on RTRM and SNLA.
In his last start, Kershaw pitched 7.0 innings, allowing one, striking out eight and walking two in a 6-4 victory over the Angels. Andre Ethier (.295, 49 Rs, 13 HRs, 44 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI. The Rockies were unsuccessful the last time Gray pitched. He pitched well, going 5.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out six and walking two in a 2-1 loss to the Padres. Carlos Gonzalez (.267, 78 Rs, 37 HRs, 87 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Los Angeles is a heavy -325 favorite at home and the Over/Under (O/U) for this matchup is six runs. The Dodgers are 71-51 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -608. Over the last 10 games, they have a very good record when playing as the favorite (5-1). Los Angeles has averaged 5.2 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 4.2. The Dodgers typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an NL-high 3.5 walks per game. Turning to the pitching staff, the Dodgers rank third in the NL in home ERA with a 3.05 team average. The Dodgers are fourth in the league in WHIP at 1.19. The have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out at Dodger Stadium, averaging 9.1 strikeouts per home game.
Switching gears, the Rockies come into this game with a weak win percentage of .400 when playing as the underdog (42-63) and an overall money line of -1,424. Against divisional rivals, they are 24-37 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with an 18-28 record. Colorado is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 452 extra base hits.
The Dodgers have gotten the best of the Rockies in head-to-head matchups this season, going 9-4. The Dodgers will take on a right-hander (Gray) in this game and have a 66-46 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed Kershaw will take the mound against the Rockies. Against lefty starters this season, they have a terrible 5-24 record overall and 2-12 on the road.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers sit at 37-22 against the division, while the Rockies are struggling at 24-37.
Colorado has won 43% (28-37) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 56% (28-22) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rockies managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are heading in with a 47-22 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 44-15. The Dodgers have a 62-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th in runs, Los Angeles has earned 590 this season. Colorado ranks fifth with 638 runs.
Ranking first in walks, Los Angeles has earned 496 this season. Colorado ranks 26th with 340 walks.
The Dodgers are 61-36 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rockies are 50-48 when they hit at least one homer.