Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Colorado Rockies look to make it three wins in a row against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rockies are -150 favorites over the Dodgers with an over/under run total set at 8.5 runs.
The Colorado Rockies have won three in a row and six of their last 10 and have made it back to just a game under .500 overall. On Friday Troy Tulowitzki homered and scored twice, Carlos Gonzalez exploded for four hits, Chirs Nelson had three hits and Todd Helton, Ty Wigginton, and Chris Ianetta all had two hits in the 17 hit six run Colorado offensive outburst. Jhoulys Chacin was sharp allowing just three hits and no runs while striking out nine over eight full innings but the bullpen nearly let it slip away as Matt Belisle allowed three hits and four runs and Huston Street allowed two hits and a run before getting his 19th save of the season. On Saturday Colorado starts Jason Hammel who has lost his last four decisions and hasn’t won in his last seven starts. For the season Hammel has allowed 74 hits and 31 earned runs while striking out 44 in 76.1 innings of work.
The Los Angeles Dodgers tried to steal the game against the Rockies on Friday with a ninth inning rally but it fell just short and instead they took their third loss in a row. Dee Gordon had two hits, Matt Kemp hit his 19th home run, and Aaron Miles drove in two runs in the Dodgers’ rally. Chad Billingsley allowed 13 hits and six earned runs while striking out three lasting just 4.2 innings to take his fifth loss of the year. On Saturday Los Angeles looks to rebound as they start Ted Lilly who allowed just two runs while taking a loss in his last start. For the season Lilly has allowed 79 hits and 35 earned runs while striking out 53 in 76.1 innings of work.
Colorado is 5-1 in their last six games against a team with a losing record, 2-10 in their last 12 game three of a series, and 0-7 in Hammel’s last seven starts. Los Angeles is 4-1 in their last five game three after losing the first two games of a series, 2-7 in their last nine against the NL West, and 1-4 in Lilly’s last five starts against a team with a losing record.
Both of these teams have lineups that can hit and these two pitchers can get pounded on the right night and this could be one of them. I’m taking the over 8.5 runs here.