German Marquez (2-5, 4.88 ERA) vs. Tony Gonsolin (0-0, 0.51 ERA)
The Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers are back out on the diamond at Dodger Stadium for the second meeting in this three-game series. The Dodgers erupted late, as we anticipated, for a 10-6 victory over the Rockies on Friday night. Just when the Rockies thought they were heading towards a win after a Kevin Pillar grand slam in the top of the 8th, the Dodgers responded for 5 wins in the bottom half of the inning to earn a 10-6 win.
When you’re a team that can give up a grand slam and still win by 4 runs, you know that the offense must be special. The Dodgers are a 30-10 club heading into Saturday. They are the fastest team to 30 wins this season, with the Tampa Bay Rays at 27-12 the next closest opponent in the majors.
In the NL West, the Dodgers have a six-game advantage on the San Diego Padres. The Padres are winning, but the Dodgers are so hot that they are unable to play any form of catch up right now. In any case, it’s more than likely that we’ll see both teams in the postseason, and they very well could see each other in the same series in October.
The Rockies did all they could last night. It looked like they were going to come through in the clutch, but you can never count the Dodgers out. They turned a 6-5 deficit in the 8th into a 10-6 win in impressive fashion.
The win gave the Dodgers their fourth straight victory after sweeping the Diamondbacks and opening this weekend series with a win. With the Yankees injured and limping, it might be the Dodgers’ biggest choke job ever if they falter in the postseason in 2020.
Tony Gonsolin could play a big role for the Dodgers in the postseason. Instead of being buyers for their rotation at the trade deadline, they sent Ross Stripling to Toronto. Gonsolin is the main reason why the Dodgers didn’t feel the need to bring in another arm.
He’s been excellent and has found a way into the rotation as a full time starting pitcher. Gonsolin gets the starting nod for the Dodgers, while German Marquez counters for the Rockies. Head below for our free Colorado Rockies vs. LA Dodgers pick for September 5, 2020.
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German Marquez will be the next pitcher in line to try to cool down the bats of the Rockies. Antonio Senzatela was solid for the Rockies on Friday, and the Dodgers still got 10 runs out of the game. It will be important for Marquez to settle in early at Dodger Stadium, or this likely turns into a blowout. Marquez owns an ERA of 4.88 and 1.38 WHIP through eight games and 48 innings of work. He was pitching much better early on.
It’s been a major struggle for Marquez recently. He has been swallowed up for a 10.13 ERA and 1.94 WHIP in his previous three starts. The power numbers have been solid for the Dodgers against Marquez. They’ve connected for 7 home runs and 14 runs in 121 at-bats. The Dodgers have been swinging a hot stick in 2020. With 5.70 runs per game, they’re a hair behind the Padres for the best offense in the majors.
If Tony Gonsolin keeps pitching how he has been, then the Dodgers probably won’t have to put up too many runs to win here. Gonsolin has been the x-factor of the year for the Dodgers. After posting an ERA of 0.51 and 0.79 WHIP, Gonsolin will make his debut as a full-time member of the Dodgers’ rotation on Saturday. He certainly deserves the honor.
In his first three starts, Gonsolin didn’t give up a run across 14.2 innings of work. Gonsolin gave up his first and only run of the season versus the Rangers on the road last week. In two starts at Dodger Stadium, Gonsolin has a 0.00 ERA and 0.56 WHIP. The opposition has hit just .139 versus him at Dodger Stadium in 2020. His hot hand carries over from his rookie campaign, where he posted a 2.93 ERA in 11 appearances. Everything considered, I will gladly take the Dodgers on the run line at this price at home.