Tyler Anderson (4-5, 3.69 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (63-68) meet Rich Hill (10-3, 2.09 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (73-58) in the second of a three-game division series at Coors Field. The Rockies won the last game 8-1, and Colorado leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 30 and will air on SNLA and RTRM.
In his last start, Anderson pitched 5.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out 10 and walking two in a 7-1 loss to the Brewers. Nolan Arenado (.293, 96 Rs, 35 HRs, 112 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. The Dodgers were victorious the last time Hill pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 6.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out three in a 1-0 victory over the Giants.
Colorado, a +140 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Los Angeles. Oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 11 runs. The Rockies are 37-45 as the underdog and have an overall money line of +41. They have a 24-26 record SU and are 12-17 as the underdog within their division. The Rockies have the most prolific home offense in the entire NL, averaging 6.3 runs per game. The Rockies rank second in the majors in extra base hits with 463.
Switching to the opposing dugout, the Dodgers come into this game in an interesting position. They have a negative money line (-203) but have won more than 60 percent of games played as the favorite (64-37). Against divisional foes, they are 28-22 SU and have played well as the favorite with a 27-15 record. The Dodgers rank fourth in the NL in road scoring, averaging four runs per game. Los Angeles is one of the top road hitting teams in the NL with an average of 9.2 hits per contest. Switching gears to Los Angeles's pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.189 on the year, good for third 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 7-6. The Rockies will take on a left-hander (Hill) in this game and have a 15-22 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Dodgers will be the left-hander Anderson. They sport a 16-17 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Rockies hold a 25-26 record this season against teams in the NL West Division. The Dodgers' record in these matchups is 28-23.
The Rockies managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are coming in with a 19-13 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 13-46. The Dodgers have a 14-41 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 15th in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 155 this season. Colorado ranks 10th with 167 home runs.
Ranking first in hits, Colorado has earned 9.43 per game this season. Los Angeles ranks ninth with 8.53 hits.
Ranking 19th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.732). Colorado ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .797.
When the Dodgers allow at least one home run, they are 33-46. When the Rockies allow one or more homers, they have a 32-53 record.