Tyler Chatwood (10-6, 3.50 ERA) and Kenta Maeda (9-7, 3.23 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Colorado Rockies (54-53) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (59-48) at Coors Field. The Rockies won the last game 12-2, and Colorado leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 4 and can be seen on SNLA and RTRM.
Chatwood pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking four in a 6-1 win over the Mets. Carlos Gonzalez (.322, 71 Rs, 23 HRs, 75 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with three runs, two home runs, and three RBIs. Maeda went 6.1 innings, surrendering two runs and striking out five in a 9-7 win over the Diamondbacks in his last outing. Justin Turner (.276, 51 Rs, 19 HRs, 64 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Los Angeles takes on Colorado as a -123 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at 11 runs. The Rockies have an overall money line of +482 and a record as the underdog of 30-36. Colorado has gone 6-2 in its last 10 as the underdog. The Rockies have no trouble scoring as they lead the NL in home offense with 6.2 runs per home game. The Rockies are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 376. Colorado's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 2.6 runs per game, well under their season average of 5.0.
In the other locker room, in contrast to a worrisome overall money line (-200), Los Angeles has an impressive 52-29 record when playing as the favorite. They have been playing solid baseball as favorite with a 25-14 record against NL West opponents, and a 25-20 record SU. Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is fourth in the NL.
The Dodgers are tough outs for opponents, ranking fifth in the NL with 9.1 hits per road 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 1.135 for the season. The Dodgers have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 9.5 strikeouts per game. The Dodgers lead the season series, 6-5. The Rockies have a 39-37 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Maeda takes the mound. Chatwood (RHP) will be on the hill against the Dodgers, who have a 47-34 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Rockies are 24-25 against their divisional rivals, while the Dodgers are 25-21 against their division.
When leading after seven innings, Los Angeles is 22-16, while Colorado is 22-28.
The Dodgers are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Rockies have a record of 12-8 when opponents' pitchers have five strikeouts or less.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 11-39. The Dodgers have an 11-34 record when opponents outhit them.
Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half of the league at 17th when it comes to home runs, hitting 120 this season. Colorado ranks in the top half with 135.
Ranking ninth, Los Angeles is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.38 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at second with 9.23.
Ranking 22nd, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.720). Colorado ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .791.
When the Dodgers allow at least one home run, they are 26-36. When the Rockies allow one or more homers, they have a 26-41 record.