Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies meet for game three of their series in Los Angles. The Dodgers are -170 favorites over the Rockies with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have taken the first two games in this series from the Colorado Rockies but it’s probably a case of too little too late as they prepare to pare down for the trade deadline. On Tuesday Matt Kemp hit a two run home run, Jamey Carroll had two hits, and Tony Gwynn had a hit as the Dodgers converted four hits into three runs and that was all they needed. On the mound Clayton Kershaw has been better this season as he allowed eight hits and two earned runs while striking out six over 6.2 innings of work to earn his 12th win of the year and Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth inning to earn his second save of the year. For Wednesday’s game Los Angeles starts Hiroki Kuroda who makes what could be his last start as a Dodgers as he is willing to waive his no trade clause to go to the right team. For the season Kuroda has allowed 122 hits and 45 earned runs while striking out 97 in 127 innings of work.
The Colorado Rockies are one of the more disappointing teams in baseball this season as they are 11 and a half games back in the National League West and will probably be looking to shed talent and payroll this season. On Tuesday Dexter Fowler had three hits and scored a run, Todd Helton had a hit and two RBI’s, and Eric Young Jr. Had a hit and scored a run as the Rockies were only able to generate two runs off of their eight hits. On the mound Jhoulys Chacin allowed just three hits which amounted to three runs over six innings of work but was hung with his eighth loss of the season. On Wednesday Colorado starts Aaron Cook who got his first win of the year in his last start. For the season Cook has allowed 62 hits and 29 earned runs while striking out 15 in 44.2 innings of work.
Los Angeles is 7-0 in their last seven home games against a right handed starter, 9-4 in their last 13 games against the National League West, and 2-9 in Kuroda’s last 11 starts. Colorado is 2-5 in their last seven games following a loss, 1-4 in their last five road games against a right handed starter, and 1-6 in Cook’s last seven starts. Los Angeles is 2-5 in Kuroda’s last seven starts against Colorado and Colorado is 2-5 in Cook’s last seven starts against Los Angeles.
Kuroda has been a tough luck pitcher this season but in what should be his swan song in Los Angeles he deserves to go out a winner and more than likely he does. Take the Dodgers minus the 170.
Los Angeles Dodgers -170 Colorado Rockies