Clayton Kershaw (0-1, 5.84 ERA) and Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 6.00 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (6-3) and the Colorado Rockies (7-2) at Dodger Stadium. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 17 and can be seen on ROOT-RM and SportsNet LA.
Kershaw is 13-5 with a 3.17 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 178 strikeouts against the Rockies. Adrian Gonzalez (.528 ) kept up his hot start Wednesday, going 2 for 5 with one RBI. Against the Dodgers, Kendrick is 5-6 with a 6.47 ERA, 1.69 WHIP, and 22 strikeouts. Nolan Arenado (.324 ) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds for Los Angeles and Colorado are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Within its division, Los Angeles has a record of 3-3 SU. The Dodgers are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 13. Los Angeles leads the whole NL in walks, earning an average of 4.2 per game. Turning to the pitchers, the Dodgers are the third-best team in the NL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.1 walks per game so far this season.
Offensively, they average 5.0 runs per game, which is tops in the NL. The Rockies are tough outs for opponents, leading the NL with 10.9 hits per game.
The Dodgers have a 5-3 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Kendrick takes the mound.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD
The Dodgers stand at an even 3-3 against divisional rivals, while the Rockies are undefeated against the division (3-0).
The Dodgers and the Rockies are both 1-1 in games that go into extra innings.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 0-2. The Rockies have a 1-0 record when opponents outhit them.
Colorado ranks in the top half of the league at 15th when it comes to home runs, hitting eight this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at third with 13.
Colorado tops the league in hits with 10.89 per game this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at third with 9.33.
Los Angeles and Colorado both rank in the top five of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Los Angeles sits at third with an OPS of .846 and Colorado ranks fifth with an OPS of .807.
When the Rockies allow at least one home run, they are 2-2. When the Dodgers allow one or more homers, they have a 4-2 record.