Tyler Anderson (4-5, 3.69 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (63-68) meet Ross Stripling (3-5, 4.13 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 3:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 31 and will air on SNLA.
In his last start, Anderson pitched 5.0 innings, allowing 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) played well again Monday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. The Dodgers were unsuccessful against the Giants 4-0 the last time Stripling pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out two and walking one.
Colorado is a +126 underdog in this game, and the Over/Under (O/U) is 12 runs. The Rockies are 38-45 as the underdog and have an overall money line of +152. They have a SU record of 25-26 against teams in their division and a 13-17 record when they were the underdog in those games. The Rockies come into the game with the NL's top ranked home scoring offense, averaging 6.3 runs per game in their own ballpark. The Rockies rank second in the majors in extra base hits with 463.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Dodgers come into this game in an interesting position. They have a negative money line (-324) but have won more than 60 percent of games played as the favorite (64-38). Against divisional opponents, they are 28-23 SU and 27-16 as the favorite. They sport the fourth-ranked offense in the NL, 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. The Dodgers average 3.5 walks per road game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the NL when they travel. 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 mostly come out on top against the Rockies in their previous 13 games this season, earning a 7-6 record. This game will feature Stripling (RHP) on the mound against the Rockies, who have a 48-46 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Dodgers will be the right-hander Anderson. They sport a 57-41 record against righties.
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 9.45 per game this season. Los Angeles ranks ninth with 8.50 hits.
Ranking 18th, 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.