Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/27/14
Colorado Rockies (12-11) at Los Angeles Dodgers (13-10)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 4:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Jorge De La Rosa (L) (1-3) (6.378) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (L) (3-1) (2.118)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -170 / Colorado Rockies +160 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Rocky Mountain, SportsNet LA
The Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers collide in an early season battle for second in the NL West.
Colorado is sniffing around the the top of the NL West in the early going which is what we saw a year ago so it's reasonable to wonder whether this team can be a challenger over a full season. The Rockies had won seven of ten and were tied for second in the division with the Dodgers until Saturday's 6-3 defeat to Los Angeles. Juan Nicasio absorbed the loss with five runs plated on eight hits and a pair of walks in 4.1 innings which the offense couldn't compete with. The bats totaled seven hits and six BB but missed out on several scoring chances especially in the 9th where the bases were loaded with one out. Left hander Jorge De La Rosa is scheduled to be on the bump in the series finale' at Los Angeles. De La Rosa appears to have recovered from a slow start the last two times out with with three runs allowed over eleven frames.
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Los Angeles had dropped four of five before Saturday's victory so they need to reverse the little skid and piece together a few wins. The defending National League West champions have a bullseye on their backs and are without the services of ace Clayton Kershaw so hanging tough until he returns is at the top of their wish list. The team received a huge and unexpected boost on the mound from Paul Maholm Saturday with two runs given up through seven frames and the offense eidn't waste the effort. The Dodgers pounded out 12 hits and walked four times Adrian Gonzalez and Matt kemp leaving the yard while Ysiel Puigposted two hits, drove in a pair and scored. Los Angeles sends red hot Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound hoping he can continue his outstanding run. Ryu has made six starts and has posted a 3-1 record with a 0.90 ERA covering 34 innings of work.
I think the Dodgers have the edge on the mound based on a phenominal start to the year by Ryu. I am backing Los Angeles but probably not betting because De La Rosa is capable and the Rockies can be scary good at the plate...