Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Gavin Lux (9) swings at a pitch during a MLB game between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 12, 2020 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. The 2020 regular season has been shortened to 60 games due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)
- The Los Angeles Dodgers are -270 road favorites over the Colorado Rockies on Friday evening (Apr. 2, 8:40 pm ET)
- Trevor Bauer (5-4, 1.73 ERA in 2020) will start for Los Angeles, while Colorado will counter with Antonio Senzatela (5-3, 3.44 ERA)
- Read below for a preview and betting prediction for the game
The Los Angeles Dodgers are the defending World Series Champions. They won the title in six games over the Tampa Rays. They’ve beaten up on the lowly Colorado Rockies in the past and will look to hand them yet another defeat Friday evening at 8:40 pm ET.
Dodgers vs Rockies Odds
|Team||Moneyline at DraftKings||Runline||Total|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||-278||-1.5 (-175)||Over 11.5 (-114)|
|Colorado Rockies||+235||+1.5 (+145)||Under 11.5 (-107)|
Odds as of April 1st.
Los Angeles opened up as a -278 favorite in the Dodgers vs Rockies odds, in a game that features a total of 11.5. Colorado was able to win the first game of the series on Wednesday by knocking around Clayton Kershaw and the LA bullpen for eight runs. They held on for an 8-5 win. Los Angeles will try to even the series Friday night.
2021 World Series Odds Tracker
Trevor Bauer Was Money Last Year
Trevor Bauer will take the mound against Colorado fresh off a season where he won the Cy Young. He comes off a season where he enjoyed a career year with a 5-4 record in 11 starts (1.73 ERA, 100 Ks). He signed a three-year deal in the offseason with Los Angeles and this is his debut start.
In his 2020 Cy Young season, Trevor Bauer threw his fastball 47.8% of the time, 5.5% higher than 2019, and threw his changeup just 0.3% of the time, 7.3% less than 2019 ⚾️@gbell5 explains how Bauer improved his game to earn a record-breaking contract with the #Dodgers ⬇️
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) February 5, 2021
Last season, there was a bit of debate on Bauer because of how few starts he had in the COVID-shortened season and the caliber of the teams he faced. Here is a list of those teams.
Things that make you go hmmm …..
Trevor Bauer started 11 games in his Cy Young winning season in 2020 … he pitched against 6 teams which were:
Brewers x3 (.483)
Tigers x2 (.397)
Pirates x2 (.317)
Cubs x2 (.567)
White Sox (.583)
— George Long (@talkinjays) February 6, 2021
Now he gets a matchup with Colorado, one of the league’s worst teams last year in the National League. Bauer doesn’t have a large track record versus Colorado and did not pitch versus the Rockies for four seasons.
Rockies Career Stats vs Bauer
Dodgers Offense Could Be Tested
Colorado outscored Los Angeles 8-5 on Thursday as Los Angeles pounded out 16 hits but only managed five runs. On Friday, they’ll take on Antonio Senzatela, who had three starts versus the Dodgers last season. The 26-year-old had one rough start where he yielded four runs but two starts where he was excellent — yielding just three runs combined on ten hits. He could be in for a season with a decent workload.
My projections for the Rockies rotation:
Márquez: 190 IP, 3.65 ERA
Senzatela: 180 IP, 4.25 ERA
Freeland: 160 IP, 4.00 ERA
Gray: 175 IP, 4.20 ERA
Gomber: 170 IP, 4.35 ERA
— Mario (@DeGenZGZ) March 31, 2021
Senzatela, some believe, could come close to 200 innings pitched but the problem is Colorado management may want to tone down his workload a bit. He has above-average stuff but could fade down the stretch. He enjoyed a career-best 2020 and 2021 could prove to be an intriguing one. Look at his home ERA and road ERA last season.
Senzatela had a 2.10 era in Colorado last year and 4.62 on the road.
— DodgerExpert (@Dodgerexpert) March 29, 2021
Again, was that a fluke? Or is this a part of a trend? That definitely is the question.
Dodgers Career Stats vs Senzatela
Take the Dodgers
The Dodgers just could not convert with runners in scoring position on Thursday and the feeling is they could behind a better pitching performance on Friday. The runline number is enticing at -169 versus the moneyline which is at -278.
If Los Angeles can score five runs again, the expectation is that they will win this game. Senzatela could keep Colorado in Friday’s game early but the bullpen may be their undoing. Take the Dodgers.
Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5 (-169), Under 11.5 (-115)
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