Brett Anderson (2-1, 3.52 ERA) and Chad Bettis (first start) start in the first of a four-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (22-11) and the Colorado Rockies (11-19) at Dodger Stadium. The Rockies come into this series in the midst of an 11-game losing streak. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 14 and can be seen on ROOT-RM and SportsNet LA.
Anderson pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs (one unearned), striking out one and walking one in a 2-1 win over the Rockies. Bettis is making his first start of the season. He is up against a good Los Angeles offense that's batting .269. Corey Dickerson (.317, 15 Rs, 5 HRs, 16 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Rockies, going 2 for 5 yesterday.
This one isn't expected to be close when Los Angeles, a big -180 favorite, takes on Colorado. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs for this matchup. The Dodgers have recorded an overall money line of +641 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 20-10. Los Angeles has had an impressive season against division opponents, earning 15-7 and 15-8 records as the favorite and SU respectively. The Dodgers have no trouble scoring as they lead the NL in offense with 5.3 runs per game. The Dodgers are one of the best in the NL in terms of hits at home with an impressive 9.6 per game. Los Angeles leads the whole NL in walks, earning an average of 4.0 per game. Opposing batters know they're in for a battle when they play Los Angeles. The Dodgers are one of the top teams when it comes to pitching, allowing just 2.9 runs per home game. The Dodgers are the third-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.16 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Dodgers, who lead the NL in strikeouts per game with 8.8.
In games where it is the underdog, Colorado has a 8-11 record and an overall money line of -714. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They were winless, managing a 0-8 record when playing as the underdog. Offensively, the Rockies have really sputtered in division games. They have decreased their season average of 4.0 runs per game by averaging 3.5 in those contests. The Rockies allow 5.7 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 8.1 runs per game during that span.
The Dodgers lead the season series, 5-0. The Dodgers have a great 14-2 record at home (20-9 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Butler takes the mound.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Colorado's last 5 games.
Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games.
Colorado is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Colorado's last 11 games when playing LA Dodgers.
Colorado is 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing LA Dodgers.
Colorado is 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Dodgers.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Colorado's last 7 games when playing on the road against LA Dodgers.
LA Dodgers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Colorado.
The Rockies lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Dodgers are 4-6. The Rockies are 4-5 in close games this season.
The Dodgers are 2-2 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Rockies are 1-3 in such matchups.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Rockies are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Dodgers have a 6-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 10-4. The Dodgers have a 17-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th, Colorado sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 116 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with 174.
Los Angeles ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 132 this season. Colorado ranks at the bottom with 59.
The Dodgers are 19-8 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rockies are 8-9 when they hit at least one homer.