Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 8/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (73-57) at Colorado Rockies (62-68)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 29, 2016 at 8:40 pm (Coors Field)
Kenta Maeda (13-7) (3.37) vs. Jon Gray (8-6) (4.68)
The Line: Colorado Rockies +125 / Los Angeles Dodgers -135 --- Over/Under: 11 See the Latest Odds
The Colorado Rockies look to play their way back into the wild card hunt as they take on the NL West leading Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on Monday.
The Dodgers have gone on an absolute tear since the all-star break and have silenced the critics who said they would crumble without Clayton Kershaw and add in the fact that the Giants have been the league’s worst team since the midseason hiatus and you have the current division leaders looking to create more separation. Los Angeles has a very solid lineup and their rotation has been spot on and have collectively filled the void left by Kershaw who is slated to return to the lineup before the playoffs start and that is an absolute nightmare for the rest of the league. Kenta Maeda will get the ball in this one as he looks to improve to 14-7 and lower his respectable 3.37 ERA in what has been a very successful debut for him and he will take on Jon Gray who is 8-6 with a 4.68 ERA for the Rockies.
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Colorado has been up and down all season long and were right in the mix for a wild card spot a few weeks ago but right now they are 6.5 games back of the final playoff spot in the National League and will need to go on a run if they’re going to jump in. The Rockies have the offense to be a World Series contender as they are led by Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon, and Nolan Arenado but they have never been able to match their offensive production with consistent pitching and as such they find themselves fighting tooth and nail here just to get into the wild card hunt.
The Dodgers are 5-0 in their last five Monday games, 5-2 in their last seven overall, and 4-1 in Maeda’s last five road starts while the Rockies are 1-4 in their last five overall, 1-6 in their last seven series openers, and 4-1 in their last five home games against a team with a winning record. Colorado needs to win here and Gray is a solid option but Maeda has been excellent and has the edge here for the Dodgers.