The Los Angeles Dodgers will be looking to honor one of baseball’s most revered icons when they host the Colorado Rockies on Jackie Robinson Day on Thursday. Heading into Wednesday’s Game 2 clash of NL West division rivals, Los Angeles was looking to extend its four-game winning streak. On the flip side of the coin, struggling Colorado was looking to snap its polar-opposite four-game losing streak.
Two left-handers will take the mound on Thursday as Colorado goes with Austin Gomber and LA counters with Julio Urias. Now, let’s find out where the best betting value lies in this Rockies Vs LA Dodgers affair so you can make your bets against their MLB odds.
MLB Prediction – Dodgers Host Rockies in NL West Showdown
Colorado Rockies (3-8) Vs Los Angeles Dodgers (9-2)
- When: Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 10:10 PM ET
- Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
- TV: ATT SportsNet-RM, SportsNet LA, SNLA Deportes, MLBN
- Colorado – Austin Gomber – LHP – (0-2, 2.89 ERA, 7 SO)
- LA Dodgers – Julio Urias – LHP – (2-0, 2.84 ERA, 9 SO)
Rockies are Reeling
Heading into Wednesday, Colorado had dropped four straight and eight of 10 including an embarrassing 7-0 shutout loss against the Dodgers in the series opener on Tuesday. Right-hander Antonio Senzatela got bombed right away, allowing four runs on five hits, including three home runs – in only 2.2 innings of work. Center fielder Garrett Hampson had Colorado’s only two hits of the game. The Rockies are scoreless in 22 consecutive innings after also getting shut out by San Francisco on Sunday.
“We’re battling every night,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “We’re not looking in the past. Our team turns the page pretty quickly.
We know the last couple of days we haven’t scored. In San Francisco, we were in hard-fought games. Tonight was really the only game … that from start to finish, we probably weren’t in.”
On Thursday, left-hander Austin Gomber gets the ball. The southpaw limited the Dodgers to one run in 3.0 innings in his first start of the season despite walking a whopping seven batters. Gomber limited San Francisco to two runs in 6.1 innings on Friday.
It’s early, but the defending World Series champion Dodgers are look like a team on cruise control. LA ranks third in scoring (5.8 RPG) and an identical third in runs allowed (3.11 RPG). The Dodgers are 9-1 in their last 10 games and have scored seven runs or more four times during the span while scoring 10 or more twice. On Tuesday, reigning NL Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer pitched seven shutout innings while limiting Colorado to one hit and striking out nine. Corey Seager and Chris Taylor hit back-to-back homers in the first inning, while Max Muncy homered and drove in two runs for the defending champions.
“It was fun,” Bauer said. “Walking out pregame, I was a little excited seeing the fans in the stadium. Happy to turn in a solid performance and get a win.”
On Thursday, LA will hand the ball to lefty, Jose Urías for his third start of the season. The southpaw limited Colorado to three hits and one run in seven strong innings before giving up three runs in 5.2 innings against Washington on Saturday.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
No matter what happens in Wednesday’s Game 2 matchup, the Dodgers are the easy pick here. Jose Urias has been rock-solid in two starts and has already shut down Colorado once this season. In addition to that, Los Angeles has the far more potent offense in this matchup.
The Dodgers have pretty much owned this division rivalry by going 39-14 in the last 53 meetings against the Rockies while 45-16 in their last 61 home dates against Colorado. LA wins again to stay atop the league-wide MLB standings.
Pick: Dodgers 7 Rockies 3