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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies

Los Angeles Dodgers (63-52) v Colorado Rockies (60-54)

Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 8:40 pm (Coors Field)

Lines and Odds: Colorado +113 Over/Under: 10.5

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies begin a four-game series tonight at Coors Field. Both teams are in the hunt in a tight National League West division race.

I will give the Los Angeles Dodgers the benefit of the doubt for this season’s “struggles”. The injury bug has hit this team incredibly hard. It started with Justin Turner going on the shelf with a broken wrist and groin strain. Then Corey Seager went down for the season with Tommy John surgery in May. But the most important part is that Clayton Kershaw is showing signs of vulnerability with repeated injuries. All this just goes to show how deep this roster is: that they can play through major injuries and still be in the thick of the pennant race. Keep in mind though that this is virtually the same team that won 102 games and was one win away from their first World Series since 1988.

Los Angeles sends Ross Stripling to the hill for the start tonight. He comes into this game with an 8-3 record and a 2.68 ERA. Stripling has chucked 104 innings in 27 appearances on the season, including 16 starts. Stripling was touched up against Colorado in his only start against, giving up four earned runs on nine hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out seven.

The Colorado Rockies clawed their way back into the division champion discussion on the strength of a 17-6 July. Outside of that, this team has failed to string together any sort of dominance. Two ho-hum months in April and May had them hovering around .500. June was forgettable, going just 11-16. They have lost six of the eight games they have played this month. This team hovers too near mediocrity to be considered a threat, which is a shame. They are wasting Nolan Arenado’s best years. But that is the price you pay when you don’t try to get an ace starter and instead try to build a super bullpen that has seriously under-performed.

Colorado counters with Tyler Anderson, who has been a source of reliability from an otherwise shaky rotation. Anderson comes into this one with a 6-4 record on the season and a 4.05 ERA with 121 strikeouts in 131 innings. He looks to rebound after a shellacking at the hands of the Brewers, who scored seven runs off him in just four innings.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers enter this series with a 32-24 road record. They have been a bit uneven, constantly going back and forth, but they have lost six of their last ten. Getting off to a quick start has not been a problem for Los Angeles over the last two and a half months, as they have won 17 of their last 21 games to start a series.

The Colorado Rockies have sputtered of late, going 3-7 over their last 10 to fall further behind in the division. Playing at Coors Field won’t matter, as the Rockies are just 28-26 at home, and this record is overachieving. They are 22-32 against the run line at Coors. While Anderson may be the stable on in this rotation, the team has had bad luck when he pitches the first game of a series. In fact, they have dropped five of their last six when he does so.

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In a matchup of two evenly matched offenses, the key is pitching, namely, who has it that night. The starting pitching will be evenly matched. Therefore it will come down to bullpen. The Dodgers may not have the greatest bullpen in the world, but it blows the Rockies’ out of the water. Heck, a legion of the living dead would do better than the guys in Colorado’s relief corps. If it comes down to bullpen, the Dodgers will take it.

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Adam Darling
Adam Darling
A New Englander transplanted to the Deep South, Adam goes all over the map for his teams. He recently finished his degree in journalism and history at the University of Maine and has featured on Eastern Bias and Casual Hoya to discuss Black Bear hockey and basketball. He hosted his own baseball talk show for WMEB 91.9 FM and has written and edited for The Maine Campus.
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