Jorge De La Rosa (0-2, 9.00 ERA) and Clayton Kershaw (1-2, 3.72 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Colorado Rockies (11-16) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (19-10) at Coors Field. The Rockies lost the last game 2-1, continuing an eight-game losing streak. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 9 and can be seen on SportsNet LA and ROOT-RM.
De La Rosa is 5-10 with a 5.66 ERA in his appearances against the Dodgers, and goes up against a good Los Angeles offense which is batting .263 this season. Nolan Arenado (.299, 15 Rs, 6 HRs, 17 RBIs) went 1 for 2 yesterday. Kershaw is 14-5 with a 3.11 ERA against the Rockies in his career. He is up against a quality Colorado offense that's batting .274. Adrian Gonzalez (.373, 23 Rs, 9 HRs, 25 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Dodgers, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one RBI.
Los Angeles takes on Colorado as a -171 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Rockies have an overall money line of -414 and a record as the underdog of 8-8. Colorado has recorded a disappointing 2-5 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The Rockies have seen a decline in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 3.6 runs per game. They average 4.1 runs per game on the season. The Rockies are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 98. Colorado's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 7.8 runs per game, well above its season average of 5.7.
As for their opponent, Los Angeles is coming in with an overall money line of +406 and an impressive record of 16-9 as the favorite. They have been playing solid baseball as favorite with a 13-7 record against NL West opponents, and a 13-8 record SU. Offensively, they average 5.1 runs per game, which is tops in the NL. The Dodgers are tough outs for opponents, ranking fifth in the NL with 8.8 hits per game. Los Angeles is excellent at drawing walks with an NL-best 3.9 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 1.13 for the season. The Dodgers have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 9.2 strikeouts per game.
The Dodgers have the edge in the season series, 4-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers sit at 14-8 against the division, while the Rockies are 7-14
Colorado has won 38% (3-5) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 60% (6-4) of its games when taking a late lead.
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, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 108 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at fourth with 145.
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.
The Rockies are 8-9 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Dodgers are 16-7 when they hit at least one homer.