Brandon McCarthy (1-0, 6.75 ERA) and Eddie Butler (1-0, 1.64 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (8-3) and the Colorado Rockies (7-4) at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won the last game 6-3, continuing a six-game winning streak. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 19 and can be seen on ROOT-RM and SportsNet LA.
McCarthy is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in his appearances against the Rockies, and goes up against a good Colorado offense which is batting .281 this season. Howie Kendrick (.357, 5 Rs, 1 HR, 9 RBIs, 1 SB) had a good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. Butler is 0-1 with a 9.90 ERA against the Dodgers in his career. He takes on a quality Los Angeles offense that's batting .278. DJ LeMahieu (.463, 3 Rs, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Los Angeles is a -138 favorite against Colorado and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Dodgers have recorded an overall money line of +268 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 6-3. Los Angeles has had an impressive season against division opponents, earning 4-3 and 4-3 records as the favorite and SU respectively. The Dodgers are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 14. Los Angeles leads the whole NL in walks, earning an average of 4.3 per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, the Dodgers are the third-best team in the NL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.0 walks per game so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Dodgers, who lead the NL in strikeouts per game with 11.0.
In the other locker room, Colorado is coming in with an overall money line of +483 and an impressive record of 6-1 as the dog. They have been playing solid baseball as the underdog with a 3-1 record against NL West opponents, and a 3-1 record SU. Offensively, the Rockies have really sputtered in division games. They have decreased their season average of 4.8 runs per game by averaging 3.2 in those contests. The Rockies are tough outs for opponents, leading the NL with 10.5 hits per game. The Rockies average 3.2 runs allowed per game, but does better whenever another team from the NL West is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average down to 2.5 against division foes.
The Dodgers have the edge in the season series, 2-0. The Dodgers have a great 5-1 record at home (6-3 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Butler takes the mound. McCarthy (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rockies, who have an excellent 6-0 record on the road against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Dodgers hold a 5-3 record in matchups against NL West rivals, while the Rockies currently sit at 3-2 in these games.
When the Dodgers and the Rockies play into extra innings, both teams have a 1-1 record.
The Rockies managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are heading in with a 4-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 0-2. The Rockies have a 1-2 record when opponents outhit them.
Colorado ranks in the top half of the league at 12th when it comes to home runs, hitting 11 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at fifth with 14.
Colorado tops the league in hits with 10.50 per game this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at third with 9.40.
Ranking sixth, Colorado is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.773). Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .850.
When the Rockies allow at least one home run, they are 2-3. When the Dodgers allow one or more homers, they have a 6-2 record.