Clayton Kershaw, as expected, bounced back last night and was able to pick up his first win of the season, as the Dodgers topped the Rockies in the series opener. Let's run over the MLB odds for game two tonight.
A day after Clayton Kershaw took the mound and mowed down the Rockies, odds makers have once again made the Dodgers favorites. Yes, the lines aren't outrageous, but Los Angeles is still listed at -185 or so to get the win. It's going to cost a pretty penny in order to back the Dodgers, unless you get creative or feel extremely confident. If you like Colorado here, you can get a plump +175 price at a lot of the top sportsbooks.
The total is at an even seven runs for tonight's game.
Los Angeles Dodgers (Greinke)
Clayton Kershaw didn't have the dominant couple of opening starts many were expecting, but he looked pretty darn good in yesterday's win over the Rockies. He struck out 12 and only allowed one earned run in LA's victory, and it was Adrian Gonzalez that had another big day at the plate. Howie Kendrick was excellent too, hitting a homer and also recording a double.
The Dodgers will now send out right-hander Zack Greinke to the mound, and he has looked good in his first couple of starts. He has only allowed one earned run over 13 innings of work against Arizona and San Diego, so that bodes well heading into a meeting with a strong Colorado offense. We know Greinke has the stuff to shut down any lineup, but he's really going to have to be at his best to come to terms with Troy Tulowitzki and company.
However, we're not exactly worried about LA's chances of running up some runs against an inconsistent Jordan Lyles. Gonzalez has gotten off to a ridiculously good start and has been instrumental in the team's 7-3 start. Things are looking good for the Dodgers as they head into game two this evening.
Colorado Rockies (Lyles)
The Rockies didn't really have any answers for Kershaw yesterday and they didn't get much out of Kyle Kendrick, who was beaten up pretty badly. Clearly there was a reason Los Angeles was such a heavy favorite on the MLB odds board, and the Dodgers promptly took care of business by getting a quality pitching outing from their ace and then making life difficult on Kendrick.
A series-opening loss isn't the end of the world though, and generally speaking the Rockies have enjoyed an excellent start to their 2015 campaign. They don't have great pitching, and that's a widely known fact, but they have a lineup that can do a lot of damage at the plate, and they have a lot of excellent defensive talent too.
Pitching is obviously pivotal to success, however, and though Jordan Lyles has been solid in his first couple of starts, we're not buying him as a truly reliable pitcher. That's especially true when he comes up against good offenses, like he will tonight. Lyles has a 2.25 ERA through his first two starts of this season, yet he has a 5.03 career earned run average. He's going to regress.
This sets up as another favorable spot for the Dodgers as a whole. They have the clear pitching advantage once again, and it would take a great pitching effort from Lyles if this game is to stay close - we're just not too confident in his ability to do that against a potent Dodgers lineup
So, with Greinke on the mound and eager to follow up his encouraging start with another victory, we like Los Angeles to pick up another win and set themselves up for a sweep opportunity on Sunday.
With your MLB Picks, consider adding the Dodgers on the run-line in expectation of comfortable win.
MLB Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5 (+120)