Dodgers vs. Rockies Pick MLB – April 24th

We stayed hot on the diamond with an easy winner last night in Coors Field.  The TOTAL was a whopping eleven runs which left a lot of room to breathe on our UNDER play with a 4-1 result.   Kenda Maeda was beyond “still good” and edging into “oh yeah, we used to have Greinke” kind of territory.  The rookie ran his record to 3-0 and flirted with a no-no in Coors Field – which as I noted yesterday, was surrendering an average of 14.2 runs per game prior to yesterday.  It reinforces the old axiom that good pitching trumps good hitting, and Maeda has been far more than merely “good” in 2016.

Meanwhile, the Nationals keep rolling, this time doing it with pitching in a 2-0 winner and the Reds finally solved the Cubs dominance with a frustration-venting 11-5 victory.  The Reds first win in six attempts against their division foes pulled them to a surprising 9-9 record.  Both the Reds and the Phillies, the two worst teams in all of baseball last season, enter today with identical .500 records.

It’s Sunday, so keep in mind every game with the exception of ESPN’s Red Sox at Astros game, they are all matinees.  Here’s this afternoon’s free pick as we attempt to run our MLB streak to four straight…

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Today’s Free Pick:

Los Angeles Dodgers -116 at Colorado Rockies +106 (Total: 11)

Alex Wood (1-2, 5.06 ERA) vs. Jordan Lyles (1-1, 6.00 ERA)

Yesterday, we had a nice easy winner on the UNDER; good pitching trumps good hitting, right?  Well, what about today’s likely regression to the norm?  Coors Field gives up runs like that softball barnstorming tour where the guys hit 450 foot homeruns as part of a traveling pre-game exhibition.  Fourteen-plus runs a game is an insane average, but that is what has been allowed at Coors prior to yesterday’s Maeda performance.  Today, neither hurler has the same dominating stuff, so expect both offenses to get back to bashing.

Alex Wood has surrendered 15 runs and 21 hits in just 11 innings at Coors Field.  That doesn’t bode well for today’s game.  Meanwhile, his opposition, Jordan Lyles, has lost his last five starts at Coors, posting an 0-4 record with a 8.28 ERA in that span.  Expect both to have tough afternoons.

Let the fireworks begin this afternoon in Coors!

I expect both teams to exhaust the other’s bullpen and to put plenty of offense up on the board.  Going OVER 11 feels like a crazy thing to type, but the rules go out the window in the launching pad of Coors Field, especially with the results-to-date in 2016.

I’ll take offense all day and the OVER.

Today’s Free Pick: Run TOTAL OVER 11

Chris Scheeren / Author