Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers were frustrated on Wednesday night. By guess who? The same team who has been frustrating a whole lot of other teams in the major leagues. This time they did it against a National League foe and one of the best pitcher’s in baseball. The Athletic are a team I would not want to be playing in the postseason. I would be hoping for them to bust out before it got to that point.
The way it’s looking now, the Yankees are going to have to deal with the A’s in the wildcard game. I don’t want to be premature, but from everything we’ve seen over the last month, it’s looking like the Athletics and Yankees. It’d be awfully tough to fade the A’s in that spot. They would of course be underdogs, probably sizable underdogs at Yankee Stadium. There would nevertheless be a healthy amount of money backing the Athletics.
The Athletics head into the weekend with a 3-game lead in the AL West. They catch a break with the Mariners in Houston this weekend. That 3-game lead could look even better by Sunday. Meanwhile, the Dodgers will get back to National League play Thursday. It’s a big game, notably for the Rockies who can play catch up with the Dodgers in this series.
The Rockies are 3 games back after dropping two in a row and just 3-7 in their last ten games. Only themselves to blame if they miss out on winning the NL West by two or three games. Ross Stripling will get the start for the Dodgers, while the Rockies will go with Tyler Anderson. Head below for our free Dodgers vs. Rockies pick
L.A. Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies Pick
Ross Stripling (8-3, 2.68 ERA) vs. Tyler Anderson (6-4, 4.05 ERA)
Ross Stripling was cruising right along until he ran into the Phillies and Braves. The Phils knocked him out after allowing 5 runs in 4.2 innings. Then the Braves followed it up with 4 runs scored against Stripling in 4 innings of work. Note that this will be his fifth start in a row at home. Stripling hasn’t pitched at Dodger Stadium since July 1st which came against the Rockies.
Colorado racked up 9 hits and 4 runs in 6 innings. Some of the Rockies best hitters have done well against Stripling. Areando is hitting .455 in 11 at-bats, DJ LeMahieu is hitting .455 in 11 at-bats, and Gerardo Perra .400 in 10 at-bats. Trevor Story has gone 2-for-4 against Stripling in 4 at-bats. In his last three starts, Stripling has posted a 5.52 ERA.
Conversely, the Dodgers have been hitting Tyler Anderson pretty good, too. Justin Turner is hitting .524 in 21 at-bats, Matt Kemp is at .429 in 9 at-bats, and Cody Bellinger is hitting .429 against Anderson. He owns an ERA of 6.23 and .310 OBA in his previous three starts. His last being his worse, with 7 earned runs allowed against the Brewers. Anderson gave up 3 long balls in the 4 innings he was out there on the bump. If you are looking for an entertaining game with some runs, this should be your game. With that said, the OVER looks like a decent enough pick to make a play on.