Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick - 9/3/13
Los Angeles Dodgers (82-55) at Colorado Rockies (65-74)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 8:40 pm (Coors Field)
Ricky Nolasco (R) (11-9) (3.265) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (R) (13-7) (3.083)
The Line: Colorado Rockies +105 / Los Angeles Dodgers -115 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: KCAL, ROOT-Rocky Mountain
The Los Angeles Dodgers look to continue their winning ways Tuesday versus the Colorado Rockies.
Even if you are a casual baseball fan, you know the Dodgers have been the hottest team in the game. People that have been waiting for this team to come back down to earth are still waiting, with the LAD winning five in a row and eight of eleven overall after a 10-8 win at Coors Field on Monday. The pitching has carried the team the past two days, with the bats being quiet, but the roles were reversed Monday, as Clayton Kershaw suffered a rare poor outing with five runs allowed on eleven hits in five frames. The offense came to the rescue, with a 15 hit attack with Andre Ethier going deep and driving in three, while Kershaw and Juan Uribe knocking in two runs each. Ricky Nolasco looks to continue his hot work on the mound when he takes the ball Tuesday at Coors Field. Nolasco is riding the momentum of back-to-back shut outs and has gone 5-0 with a no decision the last six times out.
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Colorado has been winning more than losing over the last the last few weeks, although that won't have any effect in the standings, which are pretty much set in the National League West. Having said that, beating the division leading Dodgers is plenty of motivation for the Rockies. Colorado generally needs some scoring to be at their best, although their pitching can surprise at times, but not on Monday. Chad Bettis was charged with five runs in 4.2 frames before Jeff Manship gave up three more. The bats pounded out 18 hits and walked twice, with Wilin Rosario leaving the yard and knocking in two, while five others drove in runs and six scored. Jhoulys Chacin toes the rubber in Tuesday's battle with the division-leading Dodgers. Chacin has been rock solid over his last ten performances, with quality starts in nine of ten, where he has gone 5-4 with a no decision.
I'm a bit shaky whenever I back Nolasco and he will have to be at his best with Chacin being a quality arm. I'm just going with the hot team at a good price...