NL West Rivals Play Rubber Game of Opening Series
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies play the deciding game of their season-opening three-game series on Sunday. Los Angeles took the series opener on Friday before Colorado came back with a one-run victory on Saturday. The first two games of the series have both been tight affairs, so before you make a bet online on this contest, check out our in-depth preview.
Not Much Pop in Dodgers Bats
The Los Angeles Dodgers have one of the most potent lineups but they managed seven hits and two runs in Saturday’s loss, with two of the hits and one of the runs coming from the bat of their ninth-spot hitter, catcher Austin Barnes. This came after a five-run season opener in which all of the team’s runs coming in one inning.
New first baseman Freddie Freeman has had trouble getting off to a good start, going 1-for-7 in his first two games, though he did reach base three times in Friday’s opener. Freeman batted .300 with 31 home runs, 83 RBIs and 120 runs scored in 2021.
Outfielder Mookie Betts has gone 2-for-9, with a double and two RBIs. Betts, Freeman and Trea Turner (2-for-9, three strikeouts) are the top third of the Dodgers’ lineup, so if they’re struggling, Los Angeles is going to have trouble putting together a lot of offense.
Left-hander Julio Urias looks to follow up on an outstanding 20-3 campaign in 2021. Urias had a 2.96 ERA and 195 strikeouts last season, going 2-0 in four starts against the Rockies.
Rockies Pull Out Late Win after Blowing Two Leads
Twice on Saturday, the Colorado Rockies took a lead on the Dodgers, and twice they allowed the game to be tied. But Connor Joe gave the Rockies the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth with a solo home run, helping his current team beat his former team and giving Colorado a chance at its first home series win over Los Angeles since August 2018.
“It was awesome,” Joe said after Saturday’s win. “Opening weekend. Playing the Dodgers. Just the excitement of being in Coors (Field). It’s great, in front of the fans.”
The Rockies haven’t been putting up a ton of runs, averaging 3.0 runs a night, but they had enough to get the win on Saturday. Joe is batting .429 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Outfielder Charlie Blackmon – usually one of Colorado’s most consistent hitters – has really struggled. Blackmon, a career .300 hitter, is 1-of-9 with four strikeouts through the first two contests.
Colorado will have right-hander Antonio Senzatela getting the start for the series finale. The 27-year-old was just 4-10 last season, though he had a 4.42 ERA and struck out 105 in 28 starts. Four of those starts came against Los Angeles, with Senzatela going 1-2 with a 7.11 ERA in those games.
Dodgers at Rockies Head-to-Head
The Los Angeles Dodgers dominated the Colorado Rockies last season, taking 13 of the 19 meetings. Los Angeles won eight of the first nine matchups before things got competitive, with four of the final 10 meetings going to extra innings.
As stated earlier, the Rockies haven’t won a home series against the Dodgers since the 2018 season, and Colorado was just 3-7 against Los Angeles at Coors Field in 2021. The oddsmakers see that trend continuing on Sunday, with the MLB lines giving the edge to the visitors.
Dodgers vs Rockies Game Information
- Game: Dodgers (1-1) vs Rockies (1-1)
- Location: Coors Field
- Day/Time: Sunday, 3:10 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
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Dodgers vs Rockies Prediction
The Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t been stacking up the runs but they likely won’t need many with Urias on the mound. The Colorado Rockies are going to have a hard time getting consistent production in this one, leading to the Dodgers getting the series victory
When making your MLB picks, take Los Angeles to get the win on the road.