Clayton Kershaw (5-2, 2.28 ERA) vs. Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-1, 8.68 ERA)
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies will meet at Coors Field for the third game of this four-game series in Denver. It wasn’t a close contest on Friday night, with the Dodgers running away with a 15-6 victory. Ryan Castellani was hammered for 4 hits and 7 earned runs in 4.1 innings.
Jeff Hoffman and Wade Davis were rocked on the hill as well. Hoffman pitched 1.2 innings with 6 hits and 3 earned runs conceded. Conversely, Davis gave up 4 hits and 4 earned runs while recording just 2 outs. An ugly day for the Rockies on the mound. Their offense had no hope keeping up with that offensive onslaught.
The Rockies were pushed back to 22-28 on the season with that loss, and the Dodgers advanced to 37-15. San Diego is trying to keep pace with the Dodgers, but with the playoffs quickly approaching, the Padres might run out of time. There is only a week and change left in the regular season and the Padres are four games back. Obviously not impossible, but it won’t be easy.
Trading wins is going to do the Padres no good at this point. Having said that, winning the NL West isn’t going to be the only ticket to the World Series. The Dodgers more than anyone in the major can tell you that winning the division doesn’t mean that much. They should be well past the point of getting happy over winning the NL West. It’s a World Series win or nothing.
The Dodgers go into Saturday with four straight wins after bouncing the Padres twice and two in a row over the Rockies. Offensively the bats have loved playing at Coors Field. The offense has been on fire in Denver. Chi Chi Gonzalez will attempt to cool the Dodgers’ bats off on Saturday. It’s a tall order for Gonzalez who hasn’t been in good form. Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to counter for the Dodgers. Head below for our free LA Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies pick for September 19, 2020.
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Chi Chi Gonzalez needs a much better effort if he’s going to get out of this game alive. The Dodgers are hot at the plate in Denver, and Gonzalez has been ice cold on the hill. LA has throttled Colorado pitching for 31 runs over the last three days. It’s hard to see the offense cooling off for the Dodgers in this one.
Gonzalez has been getting torched in 2020. He heads into Saturday with a shaky ERA of 8.68 and 1.82 WHIP through four starts. Gonzalez was touched up for 4 hits and 4 earned runs against the Padres in San Diego. He didn’t escape the first inning and left having recorded just 1 out. That said, Gonzalez has a tremendous history against the Dodgers.
He’s managed to hold this team to a 0.57 batting average through 41 at-bats. However, I could see variance catching up to Gonzalez against the Dodgers on Saturday night. With Gonzalez struggling right now, this could be an opportunity for the Dodgers to finally tattoo a pitcher that they haven’t yet. There aren’t a whole lot of starting pitchers in the National League that haven’t had at least one bad game against them.
Kershaw enters Coors Field with a record of 10-5 at Coors Field. As difficult as it is to pitch at Coors, that’s not a bad record for a visiting hurler. That said, the Rockies have not been intimidated against Kershaw. They’re hitting .339 with 9 home runs and 25 RBI in 214 at-bats.
There are five batters hitting at least .300 against Kershaw on the Rockies. Kershaw hasn’t been in perfect form recently, as he’s allowed 6 earned runs in his last 11.1 innings across two outings. I know it’s Kershaw, but the Rockies should be able to generate some runs in this one. There’s a little too much juice on the Dodgers’ moneyline and runline for me to play, but the OVER looks like a decent deal.