The LA Dodgers will look to complete a sweep over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. The Dodgers took a 11-8 victory on Friday, and then they ran up the scoreboard again on Saturday, as they put up 12 runs in a 12-4 win. Dodgers’ hitters are taking advantage of the altitude in Denver, as the runs have been easy to find for them against the Rockies. Pitching for the Dodgers took care of business as well, something that was invisible on Friday. Playing in Colorado can often mean just put up 10+ runs to get a win, so whenever that includes a strong pitching performance you take it.
The Dodgers moved closer to .500 with another win yesterday. It’s been a rather turbulent start for the defending National League Champions. That seems so long ago, but it was just this past season that the Dodgers were playing for the World Series. The Astros made sure that’s as far as they got, though. Looking to come back strong in 2018, the Dodgers look like they’ve been in a haze, and it isn’t because they’re in Colorado. The Dodgers advanced to 28-30 with the win yesterday, so there is work to be done. The good news is that it’s only the beginning of June. Also, the NL West hasn’t been looking too hot thus far.
Despite a slow start, the Dodgers are only 2 games behind the 1st place Arizona Diamondbacks. The NL West and AL Central have left the door open for anyone with a respectable record to have a chance at winning the division. That’s the case at least this moment. In a sense, the Dodgers have gotten a mulligan with everyone else in the division starting slow. Alex Wood will look to give the Dodgers the sweep with a crisp start on Sunday. The Rockies will look at Chad Bettis to get the job done. Head below for our free Dodgers vs. Rockies pick.
L.A. Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies Pick
Alex Wood (1-4, 3.75 ERA) vs. Chad Bettis (4-1, 3.68 ERA)
Alex Wood has done a serviceable job for the Dodgers so far this season. He was actually hot as ever before he met the Padres in his last outing. Wood was touched up for 5 runs in 5.1 innings of work. Prior to that start, he was looking untouchable, as he allowed 1 run in three of fours starts and no more than 2 runs per start. Wood also had a bad outing earlier in the season against the Oakland Athletics. He has yet to have a bad start on the road, though. All of his poor pitching has come at Dodger Stadium. Wood has looked pretty capable elsewhere, with an ERA of 2.88 and 1.02 WHIP. After posting a 2.75 ERA in 2017, Wood looks poised for another solid year, but it’s going to be tough to top that.
Yasiel Puig should be happy to see Chad Bettis today. Puig is hitting .364 against Bettis with 4 RBI’s in 11 at-bats. Matt Kemp and Yasmani Grandal are hitting Bettis well too, with batting averages of .294 in 17 at-bats. Yes, they have the same number of at-bats and batting average against Bettis. Justin Turner is the biggest thorn in his side, though. In 18 at-bats, Turner has hit Bettis for a .500 batting average with 5 RBI’s and 3 doubles. Further, Bettis has been a train wreck at the tricky Coors Field. He holds an ERA of 7.06 compared to 2.03 on the road. Look for the Dodgers to complete the sweep against the Rockies on Sunday afternoon.