The Los Angeles Dodgers have rolled into MLB’s best record, and they’ll look to stay hot against the reeling Colorado Rockies on Saturday. Photo via @DodgerBlue1958 (Twitter).
- A pitchers’ duel could be in the works as the Dodgers and Rockies both send promising starters to the mound on Saturday (Aug. 22nd, 9:10 pm EST)
- The once-surging Rockies have sunken into a slump, while the Dodgers boast the best record in baseball
- Check out the article below for odds, matchup analysis and a pick for this game
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies are both sending promising and intriguing arms to the mound for Saturday’s matchup at 9:10 pm EST. But the teams are coming from completely different places in the standings, as the Dodgers boast MLB’s best record and the Rockies are careening toward mediocrity.
As Colorado seeks to avoid an eighth loss in nine games, here’s a look at Dodgers vs Rockies odds.
Dodgers vs Rockies Odds
|Team||Moneyline||Runline||Over/Under Run Total at DraftKings|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||-230||-1.5 (-116)||Over 9 (-108)|
|Colorado Rockies||+198||+1.5 (-102)||Under 9 (-112)|
Odds as of Aug. 22nd.
Justin Turner Tries To Stay Hot
Justin Turner’s 13-game hit streak ended on Thursday, but he could be due to start another one against Kyle Freeland and the Rockies. Turner is not the only Dodger to succeed against Freeland, but his 12 hits in 25 at-bats signifies that he has figured something out about the Rockies lefty.
What Turner, a one-time NLCS MVP, hasn’t figured out yet this year is hitting with power. His .418 slugging percentage so far is the lowest of his Dodgers’ tenure (circa 2014).
Justin Turner’s first homer of the season is a 3 run shot that cuts the deficit to 5-4 pic.twitter.com/YvMNEDHrFo
— JackDodgers (@MidWestDodger_) August 9, 2020
But the bearded third baseman has still found a way to get on base in 23 of 26 games, which has helped him maintain an effective 115 OPS+.
Dodgers Career Stats vs Freeland
Freeland might not have as eye-popping raw stuff as Dustin May (May’s fastball velocity, fastball spin rate and curveball spin all exceed the 90th percentile), but the Colorado pitcher does have one thing going for him: consistency.
All five of Freeland’s starts this season have been quality starts, meaning he has pitched six-plus innings and allowed three or fewer runs. By doing so, he has given the Rockies a chance to win every time he has stepped on the mound.
The #Rockies Kyle Freeland slider/changeup pairing. pic.twitter.com/nlzuR7418f
— Michael Augustine (@AugustineMLB) August 18, 2020
May’s outings with the Dodgers have been more sporadic, as he has failed to work past the fifth inning in three of his five starts. But he’s also only 22 (while Freeland is 27), and presumably has a shorter leash.
Then again, the Dodgers have had the best bullpen in baseball (1.85 ERA), while the Rockies lag behind at 20th (5.08 ERA). So there’s less pressure on May to go deep into games.
Rockies Career Stats vs May
Rockies Are Free Fallin’
On August 11, Colorado was 1.5 games ahead in the NL West with a 12-5 record. They were one of baseball’s most pleasant surprises, in prime position during the shortened season.
They’ve won only once in nine games since, scoring two or fewer runs in four of those games. The Rockies have also allowed nearly seven runs per game in that span.
It’s a free fall, which is tough to watch but important for bettors to take heed of.
Can’t stop Corey. pic.twitter.com/CKyVc5eQrn
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 22, 2020
And it makes the decision to take the Dodgers that much easier, given that they’ve won nine of their past 10 — including a 5-1 win over Colorado on Friday.
Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers moneyline -230
Jordan Horrobin is a sports journalist whose MLB, NHL, NFL and NCAA work has appeared in outlets such as The Athletic, MLB.com, the Detroit Free Press and more. He is currently based in Toronto, also working as a contributor for Forbes.com and a freelance editor for Sportsnet.