Clayton Kershaw (1-2, 4.26 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (22-12) meet Eddie Butler (2-3, 3.73 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (12-19) in the second of a four-game division series at Dodger Stadium. The Rockies won the last game 5-4 and Colorado leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 15 and will air on ROOT-RM and SportsNet LA.
Kershaw is 14-5 with a 3.26 ERA against the Rockies in his career, but faces a strong Colorado offense that's hitting .268 on the year. Adrian Gonzalez (.367, 27 Rs, 9 HRs, 32 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run and two RBIs. Butler will get the start for the Rockies. He meets a solid Los Angeles offense that's batting .269. Corey Dickerson (.318, 15 Rs, 5 HRs, 16 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Los Angeles is a considerable -301 favorite at home and the Over/Under (O/U) for this matchup is six runs. The Dodgers perform well as a favorite with a 20-10 record and have an overall money line of +641. They have impressive records of 15-7 as the favorite and 15-8 SU within their division. The Dodgers have the most prolific offense in the entire NL, averaging 5.3 runs per game. The Dodgers rank fifth in the NL in hits with 8.9 per game. They have been very patient at the plate, leading the NL with an average of 4.0 walks per game. As for the Los Angeles defense and pitching staff, teams routinely struggle to score runs against the Dodgers, who allow only 2.9 runs per home game. The Dodgers don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking fourth in the league with a 1.16 WHIP. The have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, leading the NL with 8.8 strikeouts per game.
Across the field, the Rockies have a subpar record of 8-12 when they are the underdog and are -814 overall with the money line. Over the last 10 games, they were winless both as the underdog with a 0-8 record and 0-10 SU. During the last 10 games, they averaged 2.9 runs per game, below their 3.9 season average. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the Colorado pitchers. They allowed 7.1 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 5.6.
The Dodgers have gotten the best of the Rockies in head-to-head matchups this season, going 5-1. This game will feature De La Rosa (RHP) on the mound against the Dodgers, who have a 14-2 home and 20-9 overall record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Kershaw will take the mound against the Rockies, who have a 1-5 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
Colorado is 0-4-1 SU in its last 5 games,.
Colorado is 0-4-1 SU in its last 5 games, on the road.
Colorado is 0-4-1 SU in their last 5 games, when playing LA Dodgers.
Colorado is 0-4-1 SU in their last 5 games, when playing on the road against LA Dodgers.
The Dodgers hold a 15-9 record against the NL West Division this season, while the Rockies have an 8-15 record against the division.
Colorado has won 33% (3-6) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 55% (6-5) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Dodgers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rockies have a 6-15 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 1-12. The Dodgers have a 3-7 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 53 this season. Colorado ranks 14th with 31 home runs.
Los Angeles and Colorado both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Los Angeles sits at fifth with 8.94 hits per game and Colorado ranks third with 9.20.
Los Angeles ranks at the top of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .837. Colorado ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .740.
When the Rockies allow at least one home run, they are 4-13. When the Dodgers allow one or more homers, they have a 12-8 record.