The Colorado Rockies meet the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of their current series at Dodger Stadium.
Los Angeles defeated Colorado on Tuesday night behind a one-hit seven-inning performance by Trevor Bauer in his first home game with Los Angeles. The Rockies only had two hits while allowing the Dodgers 10. Los Angeles scored seven times while shutting down the Colorado offense.
The Colorado Rockies are at the bottom of the National League with a record of 3-8. Colorado is 0-3 in three road games played so far, including their last one which ended in a sorry and scoreless 7-0 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. The Rockies have dropped four straight heading to this contest.
Antonio Senteleza couldn’t get out of the third inning in Game 1 of the series. He gave up a pair of homers in the first inning and the Dodgers didn’t look back from there. Center fielder Garrett Hampson delivered the only hits for Colorado in that game with two.
Trevor Story and Ryan McMahon lead the Rockies with two hits each. McMahon has nine RBIs and 5 home runs to pace Colorado while Hampson has six RBIs on the year and Dom Nunez has three dingers as well. The Rockies are still without Chris Owings who isn’t expected to return on April 20 when he is eligible to come off the injured list.
Jon Gray will get the Game 2 start for Colorado. The 29-year old right-hander is 1-0 in two starts so far this season. Gray has an ERA of 1.54 and a WHIP of 0.94. He has pitched in a total of 11.2 innings this season, giving up six hits and two earned runs with five walks and 12 strikeouts.
Odds from BetOnline as of 04/14/2021
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 9-2 on the season and they are 4-0 at home this year. The Dodgers are in first place in the NL West and have the best record in the majors. In their last game, Los Angeles defeated the Rockies in Game 1 of their current series 7-0 behind another pitching masterpiece from Trevor Bauer.
Bauer pitched seven scoreless innings while allowing just one hit with two walks and nine strikeouts. Corey Seager and Chris Taylor homered off Antonio Senteleza in the first inning to give the Dodgers a quick 2-0 lead. Mookie Betts also drilled his first home run in front of Dodgers fans while Max Muncy delivered the team’s 4th home run in the 6th inning.
Zach McKinstry leads the Dodgers with 10 RBIs on the year while Justin Turner has 9. Seager leads the team with 15 hits while Turner and Muncy each have 14 hits for Los Angeles. Betts is off to a slow start with only two RBIs but he does have two home runs already.
Dustin May will open on top of the mound for the Dodgers. The 23-year old right-hander won his first start of the season against the Oakland Athletics last April 5th. He pitched six innings and gave up only two hits with two walks and eight strikeouts, leading L.A. to a 10-3 win.
Colorado is 17-36 in their last 53 games played. The Rockies are 18-38 in their last 56 road games against a right-handed starter, 22-49 in their last 71 road games, 7-16 in their last 23 Wednesday games, 21-50 in their last 71 games as road underdogs, and 2-7 in their last 9 games against the NL West. They are also 6-21 in their last 27 games against an opponent with a winning record, and 1-8 in their last Game 2 of a series.
Los Angeles is 53-17 in their last 70 games overall, 53-17 in their last 70 games as the betting favorite, and 40-14 in their last 54 games against the NL West. The Dodgers are 42-15 in their last 57 games against an opponent with a winning percentage of below .400, 87-32 in their last 119 home games as the betting favorite, 46-17 in their last 63 games against a starter with a WHIP of less than 1.15, 16-7 in their last 23 Wednesday games, and 34-16-1 in their last 51 games 2 of a series.
This has been a matchup that the Dodgers have historically dominated. Los Angeles is 38-14 in the last 52 meetings between these two teams. The Dodgers are also 44-16 in their last 60 meetings in LA.
These teams have already met once this season, and the Dodgers took three out of four games at Coors Field. Colorado did not face May in that series but the latter has been on fire since a 12-10 campaign in 2020 with an ERA of 2.57. The Dodgers are also swinging the bat well and they have been impressive at their ballpark. There’s just too much difference between these two teams, especially in the pitching department.
Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers
The total has gone under in each of the last five games played by the Rockies. The under is 6-0 in their last six games as underdogs, 3-0-1 in their last four Wednesday games, 5-0 in their last five games played on grass, and 5-0 in their last five games against the NL West. The total has gone under in Colorado’s last four games against a right-handed starter, 5-1 in their last six games against an opponent with a winning record, and 34-16-1 in their last 51 Game 2 of a series.
The total has gone under in each of the last five games played by Los Angeles. The under is 4-1 in their last five games as the betting favorite, 4-1 in their last five games 2 of a series, and 4-1 in their last five games played on grass. The Dodgers have seen the total go under in four out of their last five games against a right-handed starter, 4-1 in their last five games against an opponent with a winning percentage below .400, and 4-1 when the total is set between 7.0 – 8.5.
Odds from BetOnline as of 04/14/2021
This is a battle between two of the best starting pitchers on each team and that should keep the score low in this game. These pitchers combine for an ERA of 4.0 and although the Dodgers are hitting the ball well right now, Gray has looked good so far, getting the big outs when needed and not allowing too many runners.
Prediction: Under 8