Mike Bolsinger (1-0, 1.59 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (23-13) go up against Kyle Kendrick (1-4, 7.65 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (13-20) in the last of a four-game division series at Dodger Stadium. The Rockies won the last game 7-1 and Colorado leads the series 2-1. The game starts at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 17 and will air on ROOT-RM and SportsNet LA.
In his last start, Bolsinger pitched 5.2 innings, allowing one run, striking out three and walking two in an 11-1 victory over the Marlins. In his career against the Dodgers, Kendrick is 5-7 with a 6.86 ERA. He meets a solid Los Angeles offense that's batting .267. Nolan Arenado (.289, 16 Rs, 7 HRs, 19 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Los Angeles is a heavy -200 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Dodgers have a winning record of 21-11 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +526. They have impressive records of 16-8 as the favorite and 16-9 SU within their division. Los Angeles has averaged 6.6 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 5.3. The Dodgers have the most prolific offense in the entire NL, averaging 5.3 runs per game. The Dodgers rank second in the NL in hits at home with 9.6 per game. They have been very patient at the plate, leading the NL with an average of 4.1 walks per game. Los Angeles's pitching staff performs very well on its own field, recording a low 2.66 team ERA at home. The Dodgers don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking fifth in the league with a 1.16 WHIP. An area where the Dodgers are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average an NL-best 8.9 K's per game.
Switching gears, the Rockies come into this game with a win percentage of .409 when playing as the underdog (9-13) and an overall money line of -715. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 1-9 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 1-7 record. Playing against NL West foes really brings the worst out of the Colorado pitchers. They allow 6.2 runs per game against teams within their division, which is higher than their season average of 5.5.
The Dodgers had the upper hand against the Rockies in their previous eight games this season, earning a 6-2 record. This game will feature Kendrick (RHP) on the mound against the Dodgers, who have a 15-3 home and 21-10 overall record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Rockies will be the right-hander Bolsinger. They sport a 10-14 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers sit at 16-10 against the division, while the Rockies are struggling at 9-16.
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 7-6, while Colorado is 4-7.
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 a 6-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 1-13. The Dodgers have a 3-8 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 14th in home runs, Colorado has hit 34 this season. Los Angeles ranks second with 54 home runs.
Ranking sixth, Los Angeles is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.94 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at third with 9.19.
Los Angeles ranks at the top of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .829. Colorado ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .736.
The Rockies are 4-14 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Dodgers are 12-9 when they allow at least one homer.