Juan Nicasio (1-1, 1.29 ERA) gets the start for the Los Angeles Dodgers (30-20) as they meet Jorge De La Rosa (1-2, 6.51 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (22-27) in the second of a four-game series at Coors Field. The Dodgers won the last game 11-4 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 3:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 2 and will air on SportsNet LA and ROOT-RM.
De La Rosa has a 5.48 ERA and a 6-10 record in his career against the Dodgers, and faces a solid Los Angeles offense that's hitting .260 on the year. Nolan Arenado (.289, 26 Rs, 13 HRs, 37 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. In his career against the Rockies, Nicasio is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA. He meets a strong Colorado offense that's batting .266. Adrian Gonzalez (.339, 34 Rs, 10 HRs, 35 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Dodgers, going 4 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Colorado is a considerable +170 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. When playing as the underdog, the Rockies have a 17-18 record and overall money line at -212. Over the last 10 games, they have had a very good record when playing as the underdog (7-2). Whenever an NL West opponent shows up on the calendar, the Rockies seem to struggle with pitching. They allow an average of 5.0 runs per game, but allow 6.0 against teams from their own division.
On the other side, the Dodgers have a nice record of 27-17 when they are favored and are +178 overall with the money line. They have played at the top of their game when rated as favorite recently. They managed a 5-2 record when playing as the favorite and an SU record of 6-4. They sport the third-ranked offense in the NL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. Los Angeles is one of the top home-run-hitting teams in the league with 68 home runs. The Dodgers average 3.7 walks per game, making them the most disciplined team in the NL. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.17, third best in the MLB.
The Dodgers had the upper hand against the Rockies in their previous 10 games this season, earning an 8-2 record. The Rockies will take on a right-hander (Nicasio) in this game and have a 19-19 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed De La Rosa will take the mound against the Dodgers. Against righty starters this season, they've racked up an impressive 28-15 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
LA Dodgers are 2-3-1 SU in their last 6 games,.
LA Dodgers are 2-5-1 SU in their last 8 games, on the road.
LA Dodgers 11-2-1 SU in their last 14 games when playing Colorado.
LA Dodgers 8-3-1 SU in their last 12 games when playing on the road against Colorado.
The Rockies are struggling at 11-20 in their division, while the Dodgers are 20-14.
The Dodgers are 2-2 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Rockies are 1-3 in such matchups.
The Dodgers are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 11 runs. The Rockies have a 0-6 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 17-4. The Dodgers have a 23-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 16th in runs, Colorado has earned 211 this season. Los Angeles ranks sixth with 226 runs.
Ranking 29th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 105 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with 186.
When the Rockies hit at least one home run, they are 19-13. When the Dodgers hit at least one homer, they have a 26-11 record.