Colorado Rockies (42-54) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (59-38)
The Colorado Rockies head to Dodger Stadium in LA to open a three-game set against the reigning champions this Friday night. These two NL West foes started the second half of the season with a three-game series at Coors Field in Denver, and the Dodgers won it 2-1, so let’s see what can we expect from Colorado and LA in this one. The first pitch of the opener is set at 10:10 PM ET.
The Rockies hope to beat the reigning champs for the second straight timeThe Colorado Rockies are only 2-8 in their ten encounters with the Dodgers this season, but they beat the Blue Crew as +140 home dogs in their previous meeting, 6-5. Colorado has just split a two-game series against the Seattle Mariners at home, coming off a 6-3 victory.
Over their last five outings, the Rockies have scored 22 runs in total while slashing .236/.308/.373. They are now averaging 4.29 runs on the season (18th in the majors), posting a .704 OPS (17th) and a .244 batting average (tied-9th).
A win to head into the 10-game road trip means HAPPY FLIGHT ✈️ 👏#RoxWynn— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) July 21, 2021
The Rockies have registered a 4.29 ERA in July, but their bullpen continues to struggle, recording a pedestrian 5.28 ERA across 15 games this month. Chi Chi Gonzales will get the starting call Friday, and the 29-year-old righty is 3-6 with a poor 5.99 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 14 starts and four relief appearances this season.
The Dodgers look to extend their dominance over the RockiesThe Los Angeles Dodgers have owned the Rockies lately and will try to stay on the right track in this home set. The reigning champs have won eight of their last nine games against Colorado and 17 of their previous 20 home contests against the Rockies.
The Dodgers are coming off a four-game home series against the Giants, and I’m excluding their Thursday’s closer from this analysis. LA has dropped two of its first three games against San Francisco, so the Dodgers were a couple of games behind the Giants on Thursday.
Leadoff hitter, Chris Taylor. pic.twitter.com/yxxy0vgkZw— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 22, 2021
Los Angeles boasts the third-lowest ERA in July (3.38) despite some injury problems, as Clayton Kershaw, Jimmy Nelson, and Scott Alexander are all on the 10-day injury list. David Price will take the mound Friday, and the 35-year-old southpaw is 4-0 with a 3.12 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in five starts and 20 relief appearances this season (34.2 frames of work).
- 4-11 in the last 15 games on the road
- 1-8 in the last nine games against the Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers:
- 15-7 in the last 22 games overall
- 8-3 in the last 11 games at home
- 17-3 in the last 20 home tilts against Colorado
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Dodgers have been terrific at the plate as of late, so I’m backing them to torture the Rockies’ pitching staff in this one and grab a victory. Chi Chi Gonzales started against the Dodgers this past Friday and got pounded for seven earned runs on nine hits and a couple of free passes through four innings of work. The righty has also tossed five frames across a couple of games in relief against LA earlier in the season, allowing three earned runs in the process.
Over their last six games, the Dodgers have scored 36 runs while slashing .246/.322/.493 and launching 13 home runs. I don’t think the Rockies have enough firepower in their bullpen to cope with the Blue Crew at the moment.
Full-Game Total Pick
This should be a high-scoring affair, considering the Dodgers’ current form on the offensive end, and the Rockies’ pitching woes that should go on in a tough matchup with one of the best lineups in baseball.
Of course, the Rockies could easily struggle against the Dodgers bullpen that is one of the best in the majors this season. I just hope they’ll score a few runs off David Price, though the Dodgers are capable of scoring a bunch on their own. Last Sunday, Price tossed four innings of a one-run ball at Coors Field, yielding a couple of hits and one free pass. The current Rockies are batting .323 against Price while posting a 1.208 OPS.