Los Angeles Dodgers (35-15) at Colorado Rockies (22-26)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 18, 2020 at 8:10 pm (Coors Field)
Alex Wood (0-1) (4.32) vs. Ryan Castellani (1-2) (4.46)
The Line: Colorado Rockies +195 / Los Angeles Dodgers -235 --- Over/Under: 13.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies meet Friday in MLB action from Coors Field.
This will be the second installment in a four-game set between these teams this week. In the opening matchup on Thursday, the Dodgers plated six runs in the seventh inning on the way to a big 9-3 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Dodgers were down 0-2 heading into the fourth inning on Thursday, but scored eight runs over the next five frames to make the lead insurmountable. Corey Seager had a great offensive effort in that one with three hits, two RBI, two runs and a homer. Starting pitcher Julio Urias went 5.2 innings with three hits and two earned runs.
For the Friday starting pitcher job, it was initially believed the Dodgers would go with Mitch White, but that doesn't appear to be the case. It will certainly be a bullpen game for LA, however. It's looking like Alex Wood will get the opener role here. Wood is 0-1 with a 4.32 ERA in six games (one start) this year, alongside 11 strikeouts in 8.1 innings of work. On his MLB career, Wood is 53-44 with a 3.41 ERA and 779 Ks in 847.1 innings total.
Over on the Rockies’ side, Thursday starting pitcher Kyle Freeland went 6.1 innings with four earned, two walks, six hits and five strikeouts. Trevor Story had a nice offensive night with a double, a home run and two runs scored.
In Friday’s starter role, Colorado will send Ryan Castellani out to the mound. In his eight games (seven starts) this season, Castellani is 1-2 with a 4.46 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 34.1 innings total. This is the 24-year-old Castellani’s first season of MLB action.
The Dodgers are 9-1 in their last 10 during game two of a series and 4-1 in their last five Friday games. Los Angeles is 38-14 in their last 52 games as a road favorite and 45-17 in their last 62 games as a favorite.
Meanwhile, the Rockies are 1-4 in their last five games overall and 1-4 in their last five Friday games. Colorado is 1-4 in their last five home games and 1-5 in their last six games as an underdog.
Pick: I think I’m going to lean Dodgers here. That said, Castellani’s chances aren’t bad. In his last start, Castellani managed one unearned run in 5.2 innings versus the Angels despite six walks. He’s even got a Colorado win at Dodger Stadium on September 4, with 4.1 innings, six hits and four earned runs. All things considered though, Los Angeles shouldn’t have too many potential issues.