The LA Dodgers didn’t leave the desert yesterday feeling good about their performance on Wednesday. The Dodgers got smacked by a score of 8-2, as they didn’t show up to play. It will happen throughout a long season, especially an afternoon game against the Diamondbacks in June. Following the loss, the Dodgers still hold a very comfortable 12-game lead in the NL West. That loss doesn’t put a dent in much.
They leave Arizona with one win in three games, though they are winners in seven of their last nine games. The Dodgers were on a six-game winning streak before heading to Phoenix. They clearly didn’t put their best foot forth against the Diamondbacks and didn’t go full out. That series and the Rockies’ series in San Francisco is sandwiched between a home-and-home between the Dodgers and Rockies.
After the Dodgers swept the Rockies in three games at Dodger Stadium, this weekend series heads to Coors Field in Denver. The Rockies need to do some damage if they want to put at least a small dent in the Dodgers’ 12-game lead. Get it below double digits before the All-Star break and then maybe they have a run in them in the second-half?
I can see them having a run in them, but I can’t see the Dodgers collapsing to that extend. That run might be good enough to put a charge into the wildcard race, though. It’s so competitive that picking two teams to get out of the National League is like laying your chips down on a roulette table.
The Rockies are currently in by half a game if the postseason was to begin today. There are ten teams within five games in the National League, so they don’t have much room for comfort. Walker Buehler, who has been on fire, will get the call for the Dodgers on Friday night. The Rockies will counter with rookie Peter Lambert. Head below for our free Dodgers vs. Rockies pick.
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The Rockies’ rotation from top to bottom haven’t been good. They are still searching for someone to breakout, ala Kyle Freeland from last season. German Marquez and Jon Gray have been decent, but there isn’t an ace to speak of on their roster. Peter Lambert is only a rookie, so he can’t carry much blame.
Lambert got called up with Freeland going down to the minors after a ton of struggles for him. He hasn’t done much better, but at least the young guy, who is their top pitching prospect is getting some experience. Lambert opened the year with a lot of success against the Cubs, but he has since tailed off and regressed.
Lambert enters Thursday with an ERA of 5.85 and 1.35 WHIP on the season. He was sharp in first two games, shutting down the Cubs in back-to-back spots. Lambert allowed a run in each game, which included 12 innings of work for him. When he faced his second team, the floodgates opened and the Padres knocked Lambert around for 9 hits and 8 runs in 3 innings.
In the following start, Lambert gave up 7 runs and 3 runs in 5 innings. He holds an ERA of 8.31 and 1.69 WHIP in his last three starts. Also, Lambert hasn’t liked it at Coors Field, at least so far. We need a larger sample size to gauge him accurately, but it wouldn’t be surprising if we see a 22-year-old rookie continue to struggle in Denver. He owns an ERA of 10.12, 1.75 WHIP, and .410 OBA at Coors Field this season. It’s hard to see him doing well against the Dodgers here.
Walker Buehler, who I have considered the most underrated pitcher, is still hot and pitching like a future ace of the club. He’s speeding up the process recently, on fire with an ERA of 0.78 and 0.52 WHIP in his previous three contests. Buehler has allowed just 2 runs and 11 hits in his last 23 innings on the bump.
Going back to May 11th, he’s allowed 2 or less runs in seven of eight games. In seven of his last nine, Buehler has yielded 1 or less runs. He also has a solid history against the Rockies. Note that they are hitting just .171 in 152 at-bats. I think all he’s going to need is a decent enough performance to get the win against Lambert. Expect the Dodgers to get back on track in Denver tonight.