A wild finish at Dodger Stadium last night, which was highlighted by a Matt Beaty 2-run shot to send everybody home in the 9th inning. With the game tied up at 2, Beaty made Dodgers’ fans and runline backers happy on Friday night. That was going to be the only way to win that bet, as 1-run would have been good enough for the win. Along with the timely hitting by Beaty, Walker Buehler was fantastic on the bump.
In what I consider the most underrated pitcher in baseball, Buehler struck out a career-high 16 batters at the dish. He went the distance and didn’t allow the bullpen to mess his career night up as well. It was the first complete game by Buehler, as he is going to have plenty more of them in his major league career.
What makes the Dodgers so dangerous is all of the options they have in their rotation. While I just noted, in a previous article, that no pitcher is going to want to go up against the Yankees’ lineup, no hitters are going to want to face the Dodgers’ rotation in the postseason. They’re also going to have the luxury of going to some of these guys out of the bullpen in spots. In do-or-die spots in the postseason, it’s throw out the best pitcher on the mound and let him see what he can do with a fresh arm.
Following Buehler, the Dodgers go to a pitcher who is a Cy Young candidate on Saturday. Hyun-Jin Ryu will settle in and try to improve on his NL-leading ERA of 1.26. If the season ended today, there isn’t much question about who would win the Cy Young. You will be looking at him on Saturday wearing a Dodgers’ uniform on the bump.
Ryu will also be looking to give the Dodgers their 53rd win on the season and fifth straight win. Rookie Peter Lambert, who was rocked in his previous outing, will get the call for the Rockies. The Rockies are high on Lambert, but he will go through growing pains as a rookie. Head below for our free Rockies vs. Dodgers pick.
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Ryu hasn’t had a bad start yet this season. His worst on the year was way back on April 8th against the Cardinals. He lasted just 1.2 innings with 2 earned runs on the board against him. That’s all to really report on Ryu having a rough outing, though. The Dodgers were quick to pull him before things got out of hand there. Ryu hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in any start this season, hence the 1.26 ERA. In six of his last eight games, he hasn’t given up a run. Additionally, in seven of his previous eight showings, Ryu hasn’t surrendered more then a run.
He hopes to teach a lesson to the top pitching prospect in the Rockies’ organization. Peter Lambert has looked special at times, which came in both of his first two starts. He’s only made three outings thus far in his major league career. Lambert held the Cubs to 1-run in each outing. So, he’s made three starts, but has only seen two teams. In his most recent showing, the Padres rocked him for 9 hits and 8 runs in 3 innings. The 22-year-old quickly found out that it isn’t going to be that easy all the time.
Lambert grew up around Los Angeles in San Dimas, so this figures to be a special game for him. It might be special, but it’s not going to be easy against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The Rockies might be a decent 40-35 team that can compete for a wildcard, but the road has been a struggle for them. They enter Saturday with a record of 18-20 on the road as opposed to 22-15 at home. The Rockies generally win games with their offense, and the ball doesn’t quite carry like it does at Coors Field. A day after hitting the Dodgers, put this bet on repeat against the Rockies on Saturday.