The Los Angeles Dodgers have been silenced at the plate recently. What are the odds that they’ll likely break out against a pitcher making his first professional start for the Colorado Rockies Friday night?
Struggling at the plate
Los Angeles has hit just .204 in dropping six of its last eight games, which played a big part in ending its last homestand with a pair of losses due to scoring just two combined runs. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is concerned with chemistry issues in the locker room, while outfielder Matt Kemp is mired in a 4-for-38 slump at the plate. MLB handicappers will find that the Los Angeles Dodgers are 5-2 as road favorites of -125 to -150 this season, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (3-3 'Over'/'Under').
Going in the wrong direction
Colorado has lost seven games in a row, which includes allowing 32 runs in losing three home contests against the Diamondbacks earlier this week. Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki continues to lead the offense with 16 home runs, but the starting rotation has compiled a 7.35 ERA during the team’s losing streak. Over the last two-plus seasons, the squad is a dismal 22-37 in the month of June.
Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu (6-2, 3.09 ERA) has tallied three consecutive wins, including a 12-2 home victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates last time out, but he did allow 10 hits in six innings of work. The left-hander has put together a MLB-leading 0.56 road ERA—serving up just a single home run in 32 combined frames. Ryu is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA against the Rockies in his career, but this will be his first appearance in the Mile High City.
Eddie Butler is considered the No. 2 prospect in the Rockies’ organization, as he’ll make his MLB debut just a week shy of his 23rd birthday. The right-hander finished last year with an organization-best 1.80 ERA in 28 Minor League starts, while he’s gone 4-4 with a 2.49 ERA in 11 outings at the Double-A level in 2014.
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks, with the 'over' going 19-7 in the last 26 meetings in Colorado. Sports bettors should expect a lot of early scoring in this affair, considering both starters have never thrown a pitch at this ballpark.
My Free MLB Pick: Bet 'Over' 10