Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Free Pick 9/2/13
Los Angeles Dodgers (81-55) at Colorado Rockies (65-73)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm (Coors Field)
Clayton Kershaw (L) (13-8) (1.721) vs. Chad Bettis (R) (0-3) (4.800)
The Line: Colorado Rockies +200 / Los Angeles Dodgers -215 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Rocky Mountain, KCAL
The Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers face-off on Monday at Coors Field in a NL West match up.
The Colorado Rockies are one of the better home teams in baseball, but have had an inability to put together wins on the road. The Rockies are 6-4 in their last 10 games, but they are 17 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. Michael Cuddyer is hitting .328 and Troy Tulowitzki is hitting .317, but the Rockies haven’t been the same since Carlos Gonzalez went down with a finger injury. For game one of their series against the Dodgers, the Rockies start Chad Bettis, who has yet to win this year and the Rockies are just 1-5 in games in which he has started. Bettis has a 4.80 ERA for the season and 4.50 ERA in his last three starts.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have been one of the hottest teams in baseball and have to be the team most are looking at to represent the National League in the World Series. The Dodgers have run away with the AL West, leading by 11.5 games and are riding a four game winning streak coming into Monday’s game. Yasiel Puig is hitting .351, while Hanley Ramirez is at .340 and Adrian Gonzalez at .293. For Monday’s game, the Dodgers send their ace, Clayton Kershaw, to the mound. Kershaw is 13-8 on the season, with a 1.72 ERA and 2-1 in his last three start with a 0.42 ERA.
Colorado is 6-1 in game ones of a series, 6-0 in their last six games as a home underdog, and 5-2 against a left-handed starter. Los Angeles is 51-13 in their last 64 games, 21-7 as a road favorite, and 5-1 in Kershaw’s last six road starts. Los Angles is 10-4 in Kershaw’s last 14 starts against the Rockies.
The Dodgers are a big favorite in this pitching mismatch and rightfully so, as they have been red-hot and Bettis isn’t really much of a match for Kershaw on the hill.