You would think that having a big lead in the division at this late stage of the season would be a good thing, but there are some potential negatives. When the division lead is one that looks good enough to be done, there is always the possibility that the team can take their foot off the gas a little coming down the home stretch. While that is unlikely to end with them gassing the lead, it can make it tough tot step up a gear again once the postseason begins.
It’s a nice problem to have, but it’s certainly going to be cool to see how the division leaders handle the final weeks of the season. One team that is very much in that position right now is the LA Dodgers, as they appear to have the NL West very much under control. They can cement their lead even further starting on Monday, when they head on the road to face the Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers have dominated the Rockies this season, so they should be a confident bunch here. The Dodgers are favored by 1 ½, with the run total set at 13.
Dodgers vs Rockies MLB Odds, Prediction & Pick
- When: Monday, July 29 at 8:40 PM EST
- Where: Coors Field, Denver
- TV: FOX
- Radio: Los Angeles / Colorado
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- Starting Pitchers: Maeda Vs Gray
- MLB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the LA Dodgers?
We really are beginning to run out of superlatives to describe what the LA Dodgers are doing this season. They are sitting at 69-38, which is enough to have them sitting with the best win percentage in the MLB. Their lead in the NL West is now at 14 ½ games over the surging San Francisco Giants, so while things are not mathematically over, it’s certainly tough to imagine a scenario where the Dodgers don’t win the West.
They are the only team to have hit 40 wins at home this season, sitting at 40-14 SU, but they have also been solid on the road, going 29-24. The Dodgers have had the number of the Rockies this season, going 8-2 in the season series to this point. LA will have Kenta Maeda (7-7, 3.81 ERA) on the mound for this one.
Why bet on the Colorado Rockies?
It has been a disappointing season for the Colorado Rockies, and while they still have time to turn things around, the fact that they are 7 ½ games out in the Wild Card race suggests that it is going to be an uphill battle. There really is no indication that they are going to be able to get the job done, going just 3-7 in their last 10 games to take their record to 49-57, which has them sitting at the bottom of the NL West.
The Rockies have been traditionally good at home, but they have been little more than average there this year, going 26-24 SU and 18-32 ATS. As a home dog, the Rockies have gone 6-9 ATS this season. They will have Jon Gray (9-7, 4.05 ERA) on the mound for this one.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Many of the previous games between these two have delivered a ton of runs, but I still think that the UNDER 13 is the bet to go with here.
LA Dodgers 6 Colorado Rockies 4