Zack Greinke (5-0, 1.56 ERA) gets the ball for the Los Angeles Dodgers (19-10) as they go up against Kyle Kendrick (1-4, 8.73 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (11-16) in the second of a two-game series at Coors Field. The Rockies lost the last game 2-1, extending an eight-game losing streak. The game starts at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 10 and will air on SportsNet LA and ROOT-RM.
Kendrick has a 6.86 ERA and a 5-7 record in his career against the Dodgers, and is up against a solid Los Angeles offense that's hitting .263 on the year. Nolan Arenado (.299, 15 Rs, 6 HRs, 17 RBIs) went 1 for 2 Friday. In his pitching opportunities against the Rockies, Greinke is 7-2 with a 3.57 ERA. He meets a strong Colorado offense that's batting .274. Adrian Gonzalez (.373, 23 Rs, 9 HRs, 25 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Dodgers, going 2 for 3 Friday with one RBI.
Colorado, a +144 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Los Angeles. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at nine runs. When playing as the underdog, the Rockies have an 8-9 record and overall money line at -514. Over the last 10 games, they have performed poorly when playing as the underdog (1-6). Colorado has averaged 3.5 runs per game during divisional play, lower than its season average of 4.0. The Rockies are a dangerous hitting team with 98 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. Below average play has been the norm lately for the Colorado pitchers. The Rockies have given up an average of 7.6 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 5.6 runs per game.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Dodgers come into this game with a solid win percentage of .654 when playing as the favorite (17-9) and an overall money line of +506. Against divisional opponents, they are 14-8 SU and have played well as the favorite with a 14-7 record. They sport the top-ranked offense in the NL, averaging 5.0 runs per game. The Dodgers are known for their power, smashing a league-leading 47 home runs. Los Angeles has an eye for the strike zone, averaging an NL-best 3.9 walks per game. Switching gears to Los Angeles's pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.13 on the year, good for fourth in the league. The Los Angeles pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging an NL-best 8.9 strikeouts per game.
So far this season, the Dodgers are 4-0 against the Rockies. The Rockies will take on a right-hander (Greinke) in this game and have a 10-14 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Dodgers will be the right-hander Kendrick. They sport an 18-8 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers hold a 14-8 record against the NL West Division this season, while the Rockies have a 7-14 record against the division.
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 6-4, while Colorado is 3-5.
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 5-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
The Dodgers are coming into the game with two consecutive wins, while the Rockies currently have a losing streak of eight.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 10-3. The Dodgers have a 16-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th in runs, Colorado has earned 108 this season. Los Angeles ranks fifth with 145 runs.
Ranking 30th, Colorado is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 54 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with 113.
When the Rockies hit at least one home run, they are 8-9. When the Dodgers hit at least one homer, they have a 16-7 record.