Eddie Butler (2-2, 3.81 ERA) and Brett Anderson (1-1, 4.21 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Colorado Rockies (11-15) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (18-10) at Coors Field. The Rockies come into this series hoping to snap a seven-game losing streak. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 8 and can be seen on SportsNet LA and ROOT-RM.
Butler is 0-2 with a 7.80 ERA in his appearances against the Dodgers, and goes up against a good Los Angeles offense which is batting .262 this season. Charlie Blackmon (.317, 14 Rs, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with one stolen base. Anderson went 6.0 innings, surrendering zero runs and striking out four in a 1-0 defeat to the Diamondbacks in his last outing. Adrian Gonzalez (.364, 23 Rs, 9 HRs, 24 RBIs) went 1 for 6 yesterday with two RBIs.
Los Angeles takes on Colorado as a -120 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at 10 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 97. 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.
In the other locker room, Los Angeles is coming in with an overall money line of +306 and an impressive record of 16-9 as the favorite. They have been playing solid baseball as favorite with a 13-7 record against teams in their division, and a 13-8 record SU. Offensively, they average 4.8 runs per game, which is good for second in the NL. The Dodgers can change the game with one swing of the bat, leading the league with 47 home runs. Los Angeles is excellent at drawing walks with an NL-best 3.7 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, 3-0. Butler (RHP) will be on the hill against the Dodgers, who have a 4-7 record on the road against right-handed starting pitchers. Their overall record against righties isn't as positive at 16-8.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers hold a 13-8 record against the NL West Division this season, while the Rockies have a 7-13 record against the division.
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 4-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 1-11. The Dodgers have a 1-6 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 47 this season. Colorado ranks ninth with 29 home runs.
Colorado ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 9.46 per game this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.67.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Los Angeles has an OPS of .827 this season. Colorado ranks fourth with an OPS of .766.
When the Dodgers allow at least one home run, they are 10-7. When the Rockies allow one or more homers, they have a 4-12 record.