The Los Angeles Dodgers know that they are in for a real knockdown, drag-out in the National League West, and every victory counts. They failed to get one last night and fell a game behind the San Francisco Giants. They are taking a trip to Denver on Thursday to begin a series against the Colorado Rockies as baseball betting action begins at 8:10 PM ET.
Hyun-Jin Ryu turned in a good performance for the Dodgers on Wednesday, allowing just two runs in seven innings, but Brian Wilson came in and let things blow up as the Cleveland Indians got a 5-4 win that
The Rockies are 36-49 and are twelve games behind the Giants in the NL West. The Dodgers are 48-39 and will send Zack Greinke to the mound. He is 10-4 this season, with a 2.78 ERA. Franklin Morales (4-4, 5.75 ERA) will be on the hill for Colorado
In the MLB odds that have been set forth on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Dodgers are solid favorites:
Los Angeles Dodgers (Greinke – R) -137
Colorado Rockies (Morales – R) +127
Over 10.5 Runs -120
Under 10.5 Runs +100
First of all, the Rockies are hitting .282 as a team on the year, and they have the NL’as batting leader in Troy Tulowitzki, so we know what they are capable of doing at the plate. It’s also not hard for baseball bettors to figure out why they are not within shouting distance in the NL West – they don’t have enough pitching. And the Dodgers has seized upon that to hit .294 against the Colorado staff.
Another rather interesting thing that BetAnySports customers should note about Los Angeles is how good they have been on the road this year. The 26-16 record they have compiled is the best in the National League.
Colorado has a .326 average at Coors Field, which is the best in the major leagues by 40 points. Their slugging percentage of .526 is 67 points higher than anyone else. And the home OPS is .902, which leads the next team on the list by 114 points. So why don’t they have a better record at home than the current 20-19? Because they can’t stop anybody. This staff has a 5.20 ERA at Coors, where opponents are batting .281.
So that’s the dilemma. We don’t mean to keep hitting you with the numbers, but the Dodgers have been getting some great work out of their pitching staff (2.52 ERA in the last 16 games) and the starters in particular. Don’t forget; Clayton Kershaw twirled that all-time classic the last time he faced the Rockies, striking out fifteen batters in his no-hitter, and he is slated to get the start on Friday.
This total is intriguing because it is so high. Greinke was not potent in his last road start, as he allowed five runs in 5-2/3 innings against the Kansas City Royals. Over the last few years, his 3.19 ERA at Coors Field isn’t bad at all. It’s very tempting to go UNDER 10.5 RUNS at even money in our MLB odds play for Thursday’s action.