Jon Gray (8-6, 4.61 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (62-68) meet Kenta Maeda (13-7, 3.37 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (73-57) in the first of a three-game division series at Coors Field. The game gets underway at 8:40 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 29 and will air on SNLA and RTRM.
In his last start, Gray pitched 6.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out 10 and walking three in a 6-4 loss to the Brewers. Nolan Arenado (.291, 95 Rs, 35 HRs, 111 RBIs, 2 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 4 for 4 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. The Dodgers were victorious the last time Maeda pitched. He tossed 5.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out four and walking four in a 9-5 victory over the Giants.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. The Rockies have a SU record of 24-26 against teams in their division. The Rockies have the most prolific home offense in the entire NL, averaging 6.3 runs per game. The Rockies are a dangerous hitting team with 459 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB.
Against divisional rivals, the Dodgers are 28-22 SU. They sport the fourth-ranked offense in the NL, averaging four runs per game. The Dodgers are one of the top road hitting teams in the NL, averaging 9.2 hits in games away from home. The Dodgers average just 8.0 strikeouts per game, one of the lowest marks in the NL. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.185 on the year, good for second in the league. The Los Angeles pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging an NL-best 9.2 strikeouts per game.
The Dodgers have gotten the better of the Rockies in head-to-head matchups this season, going 7-5. The Rockies will take on a right-hander (Maeda) in this game and have a 47-46 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Dodgers will be the right-hander Gray. They sport a 57-40 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD
The Rockies are 24-26 against their divisional rivals, while the Dodgers are 28-22 against their division.
Los Angeles won its last game in a shutout, its 13th of the season. Colorado has been shut out five times this season.
The Rockies are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Dodgers have a 15-11 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 13-46. The Dodgers have a 14-40 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 15th in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 155 this season. Colorado ranks 10th with 166 home runs.
Colorado ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 9.43 per game this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.57.
Ranking 17th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.733). Colorado ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .796.
When the Dodgers allow at least one home run, they are 33-45. When the Rockies allow one or more homers, they have a 32-53 record.