Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies Pick – MLB April 9, 2022

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies headline a Saturday night matchup at Coors Field. In the second meeting of a three-game series in Denver, Tony Gonsolin and German Marquez are expected to open the game and toe the rubber.

The Dodgers and Rockies had their Opening Day on Friday at Coors Field. Walker Buehler returned where he left off from last season, as Buehler lasted 5 innings with 2 earned runs conceded. Pretty good for a start anywhere in the majors, but especially Coors Field.

Conversely, Kyle Freeland was tagged for 5 hits and 5 earned runs across 3.2 innings. It’s a new season, but some things never change. Buehler is strong, while Freeland was able to last only 3.2 innings at home.

The Dodgers were led at the bottom of the lineup by Gavin Lux. Lux had a 2-run single to lead the Dodgers with a couple of RBIs. This is a deep lineup, and when the Dodgers are getting clutch hitting from Lux at the bottom of their lineup, the rest of the National League has to be concerned.

The bottom three in the Dodgers’ lineup on Opening Day were Chris Taylor, Cody Bellinger, and Lux. That’s some depth for the Dodgers. Bellinger batting eighth is a luxury that no other team in the majors has this season.

Gonsolin deserves a chance to be a regular member of the rotation, and he is getting it in 2022. He’s been a Swiss Army knife for the Dodgers’ pitching staff, with the organization warming up to him as more of a starting role last year.

Head below for our free Dodgers vs. Rockies prediction on April 9, 2022.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies Live Odds and Betting History:

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
LA Dodgers -1.5 (+100) -155 Over 12 (-105)
Colorado Rockies +1.5 (-120) +130 Under 12 (-115)
Team Data LA Dodgers Colorado Rockies
Overall Record 1-0 0-1
Away/Home Record 1-0 0-1
Batting Average .222 .200
Batting Average Away/Home .222 .200
Runs Per 9 5.00 3.00
Team ERA 3.00 5.00
Team ERA Away/Home 3.00 5.00

Dodgers vs. Rockies Prediction:

The Rockies wasted a good opportunity to upset the Dodgers yesterday. Holding this lineup to 5 runs at Coors Field is an accomplishment. It’s going to very difficult to consistently do that at Coors.

The Dodgers are too stacked from the top to the bottom of their lineup. There are no weak spots for the Dodgers offensively. Expect the runs to flow for the Dodgers this season.

That could be the case against German Marquez tonight. Marquez has given up 5 home runs and 20 RBIs in 138 at-bats versus the Dodgers.

The Dodgers have also notched a .355 OBP versus Marquez. Marquez has a career ERA of 4.28 and a 1.27 WHIP in six seasons. He posted a 4.40 ERA and 1.27 WHIP for the Rockies last year.

Marquez faded off towards the end of the campaign in 2021. He had a 6.75 and 6.38 ERA in August and September after two strong months below 4.00.

Marquez could be in trouble tonight if that form carries over to this season. The Dodgers should prove to be a tough assignment in this one.


Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies Betting Trends:

Dodgers

  • Record (Last 10): 1-0
  • 41-13 overall in their previous 54 games versus the Rockies
  • 19-7 overall in their previous 26 games at Colorado
  • 47-17 overall in their previous 64 games as a betting favorite
  • 53-16 overall in their previous 69 second games of a series
  • 43-8 overall in their previous 51 games versus a team with a winning percentage below 40%

Rockies

  • Record (Last 10): 0-1
  • 1-7 overall in their previous eight games versus the NL West
  • 1-10 overall in their previous 11 games as an underdog at home
  • 0-7 overall in their previous seven games at home
  • 2-7 overall in their previous nine games versus a right-handed starter
  • 1-5 overall in their previous six games after a loss

The Rockies haven’t done much against Gonsolin when he’s on the bump. Gonsolin has been sharp, with this Rox lineup hitting .146 and a .213 OBP in 32 at-bats. Colorado is better with Kris Bryant, though they’re not scaring most pitchers.

As the second pitcher in the rotation to open 2022, this is a big year for Gonsolin. Gonsolin has a 2.85 ERA and 1.09 WHIP across 35 games in his three-year career. Most recently in 2021, Gonsolin had a 3.23 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in his most work as a starting pitcher.

The Dodgers are worth a bet at this price. Their true odds should probably be in the -170 range at Coors Field. The Rockies did their best to hold down a dangerous Dodgers offense last night. Expect more pressure from the LA bats in Denver.

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Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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