The Los Angeles Dodgers try to stay hot in their pursuit of the top spot in the National League West when they take on the division rival Colorado Rockies in the first of a three-game weekend series on Friday night. The series opener is scheduled for a 10:10 p.m. ET first pitch at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
The Rockies are coming off a 10-inning victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, snapping their three-game losing streak. Colorado is 58-69 and in fourth place in the NL West, trailing the third-place San Diego Padres by nine games.
Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep of the Padres on Thursday with a 4-0 victory, improving to 81-47. The Dodgers are in second place in the NL West, 2½ games behind the first-place San Francisco Giants.
The Rockies have been abysmal away from home, managing just 15 wins in 62 games away from Coors Field. It won’t get much easier with a series against the Dodgers as well as a 10-game trip to the East Coast in September.
The Rockies’ offense broke out against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, scoring at least 13 runs for the fourth time this month. Ryan McMahon’s two-run home run in the top of the 10th gave the Rockies the lead for good in a game they finally won 13-10.
First baseman C.J. Cron leads the Rockies in home runs and RBIs and is batting .392 this month with seven doubles, eight home runs and 29 RBIs. He’s batting .227 in 44 at-bats against the Dodgers this season, hitting one double and one home run and driving in eight runs.
Left-hander Kyle Freeland will get the start for the Rockies. He’s 4-6 with a 4.25 ERA, going 1-4 with a 4.07 ERA away from Colorado.
Freeland has faced Los Angeles twice this season, going 0-2 despite a 2.77 ERA. He’s struck out 10 and walked none in 13 innings.
Despite injuries to starters Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin, the Dodgers’ starting rotation is doing its job, with Walker Buehler, Max Scherzer and Julio Urias pitching great. Scherzer threw 7.2 scoreless innings on Thursday night to shut down the Padres.
“I knew coming in that the bullpen was taxed,” Scherzer said after Thursday’s win. “That’s what the team needed. The team needed me to go deep today, and I was able to go out there and execute the game plan with (catcher Austin) Barnes, and we did a lot of great things tonight.”
That bullpen will likely be busy on Friday night, with righty reliever Brusdar Graterol set to make his first start of the season. Graterol in 3-0 with a 3.54 ERA in 20 relief appearances. The team recalled right-hander Andre Jackson on Friday afternoon so he is expected to supply innings.
Of course, with the offense that Los Angeles boasts, a lot of good pitching might not be needed. The Dodgers have batted .289 as a team against Colorado this season, averaging six runs per game.
Third baseman Justin Turner has led the way with a .357 batting average, hitting four doubles and four home runs and driving in 15 in 42 at-bats against the Rockies. Outfielder Chris Taylor also has four home runs against Colorado, batting .289 and driving in eight runs.
Los Angeles has dominated the season series thus far, winning 10 of 13 meetings, including five of the six played at Dodger Stadium. As noted earlier, the Rockies struggle on the road, while the Dodgers are 42-21 playing at home.
The Rockies will have Gray on the mound for Saturday’s game, followed by Antonio Senzatela on Sunday. Los Angeles is scheduled to start David Price in the second game of the series, followed by Urias in the finale.
If you’re doing some online sports betting on this series, the MLB series prices have the Dodgers at -600 and the Rockies at +400.
Dodgers Win Again
No matter who takes the mound for the Dodgers, they’ll get plenty of offensive support. Though Freeland has pitched well against Los Angeles, he won’t be able to lead the Rockies to the victory in this one.
When doing your MLB betting, take Los Angeles to win at home.