It feels like this happens every single year. The Los Angeles Dodgers are pulling away from the rest of the NL West and they now lead the division by eight games after seven straight wins. LA is 70-46 and the Rockies are last in the West at 45-72.
Today, the Rockies will send lefty Kyle Freeland to the mound against another left-hander, Julio Urias. Freeland is 4-12 in 22 starts with a 4.84 ERA and Urias is 9-6 with a 4.39 ERA in his 17 starts this season.
The Dodgers are red hot and they’re big favorites in the final game of this weekend four-game set.
Rockies vs. Dodgers odds, run line and total
Rockies vs. Dodgers prediction and pick
Urias will go for the four-game sweep and he’s who the Dodgers would want on the mound right now. He’s been great in his past two starts going a total of 11 innings without allowing a run. He’s mixed in a few awful outings this year, but for the most part he’s been good and I’d expect him to be great today against Colorado.
The Rockies are 29th in the MLB in OPS against left-handed pitchers and over the past 30 days they have a wRC+ of 66 against lefties which is somehow only 27th. Even Ryan McMahon who has been their best hitter this year has a .571 OPS against lefties. Randal Grichuk was their best hitter against lefties who led the team in OPS and home runs, but he is in Anaheim now.
The Dodgers are also facing a lefty, but Freeland hasn’t had the same success that Urias has had lately. The Dodgers also don’t struggle against left-handed pitching the way the Rockies do. They are third in OPS and first in homers off lefties with 59. 12 of those have come courtesy of Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts has gone deep 11 times against lefties.
The Dodgers have won 11 of their last 12 games and they’ve only allowed 35 runs in those 12 games, so their pitching staff has also been stellar. The Dodgers look infallible right now, so I have to take them to win big at home, especially with such a bad matchup for Colorado’s lineup facing Urias.
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