Los Angeles Dodgers (63-52 SU, 51-64 RL, 55-57-3 O/U) vs. Colorado Rockies (60-54 SU, 58-56 RL, 50-56-8 O/U)
MLB: Friday, August 10, 2018 at 8:40 p.m. EST
The Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers will begin a four-game series when they clash at Coors Field in Colorado on Friday night. Los Angeles had been a modest 2-3 in its last five contests heading into Thursday’s opener. The Rockies lost four in a row, won two straight, and then dropped two more against Pittsburgh.
No offense = no first place
The Dodgers fell out the top spot in the National League West with Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to the Athletics. Los Angeles is struggling offensively, with 10 runs in the past five games after setting season-highs with 21 runs and seven homers in a win against the Brewers last Thursday. Catcher Yasmani Grandal hit a solo shot in Wednesday’s to Oakland loss to reach at least 20 homers for the third consecutive campaign. Outfielder Joc Pederson is 1-for-9 over his last three contests after hitting three homers in a two-game span.
Right-hander Kenta Maeda (7-7, 3.73 ERA) is taking the mound for Los Angeles on Friday. Maeda has struggled from just about out of nowhere over his last three starts, with his ERA climbing from 3.12 to 3.73 during this stretch. He most recently faced Houston last Saturday, working 5.1 innings and allowing five runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four batters in a humiliating 14-0 setback for the Dodgers.
Gray getting along well
The Rockies hope to break out of a funk during this four-game set with L.A. They have dropped six of their past eight games and reside in third place in the National League West, while Los Angeles stands a half-game behind the division-leading Diamondbacks. The Rockies lost 4-3 to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, falling three games behind Arizona. Colorado is enduring run-scoring problems of their own, having crossed the plate no more than three times in 11 of the past 16 games–including each of the past three outings. Center fielder Charlie Blackmon has recorded back-to-back two-hit performances after being 1-for-21 with seven strikeouts in his first five games of this month.
Jon Gray (9-7, 4.73 ERA) will oppose Maeda on Friday. The right-hander is currently going in the other direction as compared to his L.A. counterpart, as his ERA has plunged more than a full point from 5.77 over his last four outings. Gray has delivered four consecutive quality starts, including five in his last six appearances. The 26-year-old most recently went up against Milwaukee last Sunday, when he tossed 8.0 innings of one-run baseball while surrendering four hits and two walks to go along with eight strikeouts during a 5-4 victory for Colorado.
The Colorado Rockies are:
- 10-3 in their last 13 home games
- 4-0 in their last four home games against teams with winning road records
- 7-3 in their last 10 home games against right-handed starters
- 15-5-1 Under in their last 21 home games
- 11-5 Under in their last 16 games against the National League West
The Los Angeles Dodgers are:
- 1-7 in their last eight games that are the second in a series
- 1-5 in Maeda’s last six starts
- 1-5 in Maeda’s last six road starts against teams with winning records
- 4-1 Under in their last five overall
- 5-0 Under in their last five road games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Rockies have not been great of late, but a return to Coors Field should be just what the doctor ordered. After all, they seem like a different team at home than on the road. Moreover, it’s not like Los Angeles is setting the world on fire right now. Finally, Gray is pitching much better than Maeda heading into Friday’s contest.
Prediction: Colorado Rockies
Full-Game Total Pick
Both of these teams are struggling mightily in the offense department at the moment. That is more likely to continue for Los Angeles given Gray’s current form. The under is 4-1 in the Dodgers’ last five overall, 5-0 in their last five on the road, 8-2 in their last 10 against the National League West, 4-1 in their last five against winning opponents, 12-3-1 in Maeda’s last 16 starts, and 4-1 in his last five road starts. It is also 15-5-1 in the Rockies’ last 21 at home and 11-5 in their last 16 against the National League West. Look for this one to stay under the total.
First Five Innings Side Pick
The Rockies lost 8-5 on Thursday, but that was due to a late collapse. They were tied 1-1 through four innings, also tied 1-1 through six, and led 5-3 after seven. A slight edge in the pitching matchup on Friday means they should get off to another decent start.
Prediction: Colorado Rockies -105
First Five Innings Total Bet
These two offenses stink right now. Gray is getting along well for Colorado and Maeda is far from terrible, so runs may continue to be at a premium–both early in the game and late.
Prediction: Under 5.5