Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers – MLB April 15

The 3-9 Rockies wrap up a three-game series in Los Angeles on Thursday night after dropping the first two games by a combined nine runs. Since Colorado defeated the 10-2 Dodgers on Opening Day, Los Angeles has won the last five meetings between these two teams.

The Rockies were able to get the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning on Wednesday night before Kenley Jansen struck out Raimel Tapia to secure the 4-2 win for the Dodgers.

About the Rockies

Colorado Rockies LogoThe Rockies are a very different team than they were one year ago, with star third baseman Nolan Arenado being sent to St. Louis over the summer for prospects and David Dahl heading to Texas, the team lost much of its offensive production. Shortstop Trevor Story and outfielder Charlie Blackmon will be tasked with carrying the load at the plate this season.

So far,however, neither one has been able to get going. Story has yet to get a single RBI this year and Blackmon is batting .154 through 12 games. Second baseman Ryan McMahon has picked up the slack for Colorado, batting .289 with five home runs. The Rockies have allowed 5.1 runs per game, ranking 22nd in the major leagues. But per usual, that is inflated in large part due to the fact they call Coors Field home and also because they have played Los Angeles six times. Colorado’s pitching is hardly why they are losing on the road, as the Rockies are averaging 1.2 runs per game this season in games away from Coors Field.

About the Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers LogoThe defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers have not missed a beat to start this season. The rich got richer in the offseason with the Dodgers adding reigning NL CY Young award winner Trevor Bauer in free agency. Los Angeles has been the perfect team to start the season, ranking in the top three in runs scored and runs allowed per game.

The Dodgers also lead the majors in batting average, on base percentage, slugging and OPS. Los Angeles is the favorite to defend its title for a reason. The Dodgers are the most talented team in the major leagues and they show it almost every night they step on the diamond.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Colorado Rockies +1½ (+115) +225 O 7½ (-115)
Los Angeles Dodgers -1½ (-135) -275 U 7½ (-105)

The Pitching Matchup

The pitching matchup Thursday night is an intriguing one with left-hander Austin Gomber getting the ball for Colorado. Gomber allowed three runs in three innings in his first start of the year against the Dodgers, but it was largely due to his lack of command, seeing as Los Angeles went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. He bounced back in his next start, allowing two runs on only one hit in 6.1 innings pitched against the Giants. Gomber has walked 11 batters over his 9.1 innings pitched this year, but if he can get his control down, he can be a very good pitcher for a team that desperately needs one.
Left-hander Julio Urias will be getting the ball for the Dodgers in this one and the World Series hero has picked up right where he left off in Game 7 of the Fall Classic. Urias pitched seven innings in his last start against the Rockies, allowing only one run on three hits.

What’s the Bet?
To find the bet with the most value in this one you have to dig deep. There is no value in taking Los Angeles at such a hefty price tag and the Over/Under total is up in the air with how awful the Colorado bullpen is. The best bet for this game is to take the Over/Under of four runs for the first five innings. Gomber is a competent enough starter to keep the Dodgers lineup in check for the first time through the order and maybe more. Meanwhile, the Rockies cannot score away from home regardless of who is on the mound. Urias should be able to keep his hot streak alive with a dominant start in his first start at Dodger Stadium this season. Take the first five innings Under to avoid relying on the Colorado bullpen and watch this bet cash before the final out of the ballgame.
The Bet
First Five Innings Under 4 Runs

*Odds courtesy of MyBookie

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Joe Menzer / Author

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