The NL West is bunched at the top so every game is important between division rivals Arizona, the LA Dodgers and Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers and Rockies open a weekend series in Denver on Thursday with it having the highest total on the Mybookie Sportsbook board.
Dodgers vs Rockies MLB Odds & Pick – August 9th
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) 9 de agosto de 2018
- When: Thursday, 8:40 PM ET
- Where: Coors Field, Denver
- Probable pitchers (away/home): Ross Stripling/Tyler Anderson
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Stream: MLB.tv
- Radio: TuneIn
- MLB Odds: Los Angeles Dodgers -125 / Colorado Rockies +115 (Total 10.5)
Why Bet on LA Dodgers?
Yasiel Puig (oblique) went 2-for-4 and stole a base in his return to the Dodgers’ lineup Tuesday. There was talk about Puig possibly landing back on the disabled list due to renewed discomfort in his right oblique. But he looked plenty fine Tuesday in playing all nine innings in right field.
Kenley Jansen struck out a pair of batters and pitched a perfect ninth inning to record his 32nd save of the year in the Dodgers’ win Tuesday. Jansen was summoned to nail down the save with the Dodgers holding a 4-2 edge in the ninth inning. He fanned pinch-hitter Nick Martini and got Matt Olson looking before inducing a game-ending grounder off the bat of Stephen Piscotty. Jansen needed just nine pitches to retire the side in order. He’s now tied for the National League saves. Jansen owns a sparkling 2.15 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 61/14 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings.
New Dodgers 2B Eric Dozier entered Wednesday hitting 7-for-17 (.412) with four runs, three doubles, two homers, seven RBI and a .565 on-base percentage in six games since being acquired on July 31. Dozier has reached base safely in 13 of 23 plate appearances with Los Angeles and since the beginning of July, he has reached base safely in 25 of 32 games. Since the start of 2016, just one player has hit more homers after the All-Star break than Dozier: Oakland’s Khris Davis. Since the 2014 season, Dozier has scored 492 runs, which is the third most in the big leagues during that span, trailing just Mike Trout (516) and Charlie Blackmon (506).
It’s Ross Stripling (8-3, 2.68) on the mound here. Stripling returns from a DL stint with a right big toe injury and steps in the starting slot of Alex Wood, who is on the DL with left adductor (hip) tendinitis. Before Stripling’s All-Star Game appearance, his ERA was 2.08. It’s 9.35 since.
Why Bet on Colorado?
Charlie Blackmon got his 1,000th career hit, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a run scored in the Rockies’ loss to the Pirates on Tuesday. The 32-year-old was back in the lineup after receiving a rare day off on Monday. He’s been mired in a mini-slump at the plate, going 1-for-23 to begin the month of August, but promptly busted out of it with a line-drive single off P Jameson Taillon in the sixth inning to record his 1,000th career hit. He also singled in the eighth inning for his first multi-hit effort since July 29. The 32-year-old outfielder is slashing .279/.349/.483 with 83 runs scored, 21 home runs, 49 RBI and five stolen bases.
Blackmon became the seventh Rockie to reach 1,000 hits in a Colorado uniform. He joined Todd Helton (2,519), Larry Walker (1,361), Carlos González (1,295), Dante Bichette (1,278), Vinny Castilla (1,206) and Troy Tulowitzki (1,165) as the only Rockies to reach the mark. Carlos González has batted .325 (69-for-212) since May 27, the seventh-highest batting average in the NL. He ranks tied for fourth in the NL in runs (45) and is fifth in doubles (19) over that span.
It’s lefty Tyler Anderson (6-4, 4.05) here. Anderson allowed seven earned runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four across four innings to take the loss Saturday against the Brewers. Anderson was hit hard from the beginning of Saturday’s start. He allowed six consecutive Brewers to reach base in the first inning, which was capped by a grand slam from Travis Shaw. He allowed only a solo home run by Ryan Braun across the next three innings. He entered the game with a solid 3.69 ERA and had not allowed more than five earned runs in a start since his season debut on March 30.
Anderson has gone 2-3 with a 3.65 ERA (66.2 IP, 27 ER) in 11 starts at home this year. He is 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA (27.1 IP, 4 ER) over his last four starts at home and has a 3.50 ERA (185.0 IP, 72 ER) in 30 career starts at Coors Field, the lowest ERA at Coors Field in franchise history. Anderson has faced the Dodgers twice this year, going 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA (13.0 IP, 5 ER). He allowed five runs over five innings at Coors Field on June 1. In five career starts vs. LAD at home, he has gone 2-2 with a 4.66 ERA (29.0 IP, 15 ER).
Latest MLB Betting Trends
- Rockies are 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
- Rockies are 7-2 in their last 9 home games vs. a right-handed starter
- LA is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- LA is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Dodgers’s last 5 games
- Colorado is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
- Colorado is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Colorado’s last 7 games at home
Dodgers vs Rockies Expert MLB Betting Prediction
Anderson’s home numbers can’t be ignored so take the Rox.