MLB Baseball Betting: Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies

MLB Baseball Betting:  Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies

The Los Angeles Dodgers ran into a buzzsaw on Monday night, losing to the Colorado Rockies 8-1 at Coors Field. At this writing, they’re waiting out a rain delay in the second game of the series so if that ends up being a ‘rainout’ make sure to double check your starters just in case they try to play a doubleheader on Wednesday. As things stand, the Dodgers are in front of the San Francisco Giants by 1.5 games and up on the Colorado Rockies by 10 games. The Giants are hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight so this can change before the start of play on Wednesday.

The injury ravaged Dodgers will start right hander Ross Stripling who hasn’t exactly been Cy Young material so far. Stripling has a 4.59 ERA overall with a 1.345 WHIP. On the road, he’s got a 3.71 ERA with a 1.162 WHIP. In his last three games he’s got a 5.29 ERA and a 1.294 WHIP. His team has lost 7 of his 12 starts including 3 of 5 on the road and his last three. Colorado hits right handed pitching very well (as Kenta Maeda found on on Monday) averaging 5.4 runs per game with a .279 batting average.

The Rockies will start right hander Jeff Hoffman who has made two starts this year, neither very impressive. He faced the Chicago Cubs on 8/20 allowing 6 ER in 4 innings of work and played the Nationals at Washington on 8/26 allowing a more reasonable 3 ER in 6 innings. The Dodgers are at their best against right handers–they’ve looked downright pitiful against lefthanders at various points this season. They average 4.7 runs per game against right handers and hit .254. They’ve lost money on the road this year (31-32 -6.6 units) while the Rockies have lost money at home (33-31 -2.9 units)

Colorado has been very competitive in head to head play against the Dodgers. This year they’re 6-7 against Los Angeles including a 4-3 +1.6 unit record at Coors Field. Over the past three seasons, the Rockies and Dodgers have split 26 games at Coors Field giving the Rockies +2.5 units of profit. Dodgers need the wins and as such the price on them is too high. We’ll take the home team as a decent sized underdog and look for a slugfest with two struggling pitchers on the mound.