Kyle Kendrick (2-6, 6.38 ERA) and Clayton Kershaw (3-3, 3.86 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Colorado Rockies (22-26) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (29-20) at Coors Field. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 1 and can be seen on SportsNet LA and ROOT-RM.
Kendrick is 5-8 with a 6.28 ERA in his appearances against the Dodgers, and goes up against a good Los Angeles offense which is batting .256 this season. DJ LeMahieu (.335, 19 Rs, 3 HRs, 25 RBIs, 4 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. Kershaw is 15-5 with a 3.29 ERA when pitching against the Rockies. He is up against a quality Colorado offense which is hitting .266 this season.
Los Angeles is favored (-209) over Colorado and the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs. The Rockies have an overall money line of -212 and a record as the underdog of 16-17. Colorado has gone 6-2 in its last 10 as underdog. The Rockies have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 6.0 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.3 runs per game. Colorado's pitchers fall apart when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game rises to 5.9 against fellow NL West members, compared to its 5.0 season average.
In the other locker room, Los Angeles is coming in with an overall money line of +181 and an impressive record of 26-17 as the favorite. They have been playing solid baseball as favorite with a 19-13 record against NL West opponents, and a 19-14 record SU. Offensively, they average 4.5 runs per game, which is good for third in the NL. The Dodgers can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking second in the league with 64 home runs. Los Angeles is excellent at drawing walks with an NL-best 3.7 per 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 1.17 for the season. The Dodgers have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.8 strikeouts per game.
The Dodgers have controlled the season series, 7-2. The Rockies have a bad 1-3 record at home (3-7 overall) against left-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Kershaw takes the mound. Kendrick (RHP) will be on the hill against the Dodgers, who have a very good 27-14 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Rockies currently sit below .500 against the NL West Division at 11-19, and the Dodgers have a 19-14 record.
When the Dodgers play into extra innings, they have a 2-2 record. The Rockies are 1-3 when their games exceed nine innings.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Dodgers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Rockies have an 8-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 17-4. The Dodgers have a 22-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 16th, Colorado is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 207 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top half at 12th with 215.
Ranking 29th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 104 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with 181.
The Rockies are 19-12 when they hit at least one home run. The Dodgers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 25-11 record.