The Los Angeles Dodgers opened up their pocketbooks yet again in the offseason signing Freddie Freeman to a $162 million contract fresh off his World Series win with the Braves. When you pair Freeman with the likes of Justin Turner, Trea Turner, Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts, and Max Muncy, many people consider this the best lineup in baseball. The Colorado Rockies are out to prove they are no slouch either.
Dodgers Offense at Coors Field, Oh Boy
Los Angeles hit the fourth-most HRs in the majors last season (237), and they’ll likely add to the 2022 number right away by playing the opening series at hitter-friendly Coors Field. Not only will the atmosphere play a huge part in L.A’s success this weekend, but the Rockies’ pitching staff doesn’t have very high expectations for the season.
While pitching may be an area of concern for Colorado, the Dodgers have two to four Cy Young contenders when they are all healthy/eligible. One of those is Walker Buehler, who was 16-4 last year with a career-best 2.47 ERA. He did struggle as most pitchers do at Coors Field, with a 4.86 ERA in three starts. All three of his starts last year vs. the Rockies were in Denver.
The Dodgers were 13-6 in the season series with Colorado in 2021.
Colorado Says Don’t Forget About Us
The Rockies did suffer a blow in free agency with Trevor Story signing with Boston. Still, Colorado was able to land former MVP Kris Bryant on a 7-year, $162 million deal, and he may have a resurgence playing 81 games at Coors Field this season. Colorado was also able to wrangle Randal Grichuk away from Toronto in a trade and still have Charlie Blackmon and a universal DH position opening up.
The problem with the Rockies is going to be pitching. Granted, their numbers are inflated from playing at Coors Field, but Colorado ranked 24th in ERA and 25th in WHIP last season. They lost arguably their best starter as well when Jon Gray signed with Texas in the offseason. Kyle Freeland gets the ball for Opening Day, coming off a 7-8, 4.33 ERA season in 2021.
Dodgers vs Rockies Head-to-Head
Los Angeles has owned this series pretty well, and this lineup playing at Coors Field is almost popcorn television.
Dodgers vs Rockies Game Information
- Game: Dodgers (0-0) vs Rockies (0-0)
- Location: Coors Field
- Day/Time: Friday, April 8th, 4:10 p.m. ET
- Dodgers vs Rockies Live stream: MLB.tv
Dodgers vs. Rockies Betting Lines
|Team||Run line||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
|Los Angeles Dodgers / W. Buehler -R||-1½ -145||-210||11½-105o||6½-120o / 6½-110u|
|Colorado Rockies / K. Freeland -L||+1½ +125||+180||11½-115u||4½-110o / 4½-120u|
Dodgers vs Rockies Prediction
Buehler is a dominant pitcher with Cy Young aspirations, but he’s also had his struggles at Coors Field. Colorado’s lineup might surprise some people this season with the addition of Bryant, who, when healthy, can be a better producer than possibly even Story.
This Dodgers lineup is absolutely bonkers, and they’re going to come out with guns blazing in the atmosphere of Coors Field. It’s almost cliche to take the over in games in Denver, but that’s the way this one is pointing.