MLB Total & Moneyline Picks: Rockies vs. Dodgers

Matthew Jordan

Monday, June 16, 2014 1:20 PM UTC

Monday, Jun. 16, 2014 1:20 PM UTC

The Colorado Rockies are usually night-and-day different away from Coors Field as they have one of the worst road records in the National League.  They open a three-game set at the Dodgers on Monday, with Los Angeles a -170 favorite on MLB odds.

Roughed-Up Rockies
The Rockies are the Texas Rangers of the National League in that they have been devastated by injuries. Outfielder Michael Cuddyer (.317), last season's NL batting champion, could be out until August with a fractured left shoulder. Third baseman Nolan Arenado (.305), who has established himself as one of the best in the majors at his position and had a 28-game hitting streak earlier this year, likely is out another month with a broken left finger. Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez (.255 31, RBIs) is on the shelf for a few more weeks after having a small tumor removed from his left index finger. The rotation has lost Jordan Lyles, Tyler Chatwood, Brett Anderson and touted prospect Eddie Butler to the DL.

The good news is that superstar shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hasn't made his annual visit to the disabled list yet. He's your NL MVP favorite as things stand, but you have to think an injury is coming. Tulo has played more than 152 games just once in his career. The Rockies had to be fearing the worst on Friday when he injured his toe in a win over the Giants. Tulowitzki didn't start Saturday's game -- an MRI was negative -- but was back in the lineup Sunday and homered against San Francisco.

Thus it's hard to determine if the Rockies will be buyers or sellers ahead of the trade deadline. At least none of those guys are done for the season. There were rumors the Rockies were aggressively pursuing the Cubs' Jeff Samardzija, but that has cooled. Entering Sunday's action the Rockies were two games under .500 after being eight over at one point, and 9.5 games out of first place in the NL West. They are only three games out of a wild-card spot, however.

Probable Pitchers
Colorado rookie lefty Tyler Matzek makes his second career start; he's only in the rotation due to injuries to other guys. Matzek's debut went well, as he allowed just two runs and five hits over seven innings in a victory over Atlanta. Matzek had terrific control, only going to a three-ball count against two of the 26 batters he faced. He is likely to be especially jacked-up for this start, as he's from nearby Mission Viejo, Calif. He was the Orange County Player of the Year his senior year at Capistrano Valley High School. The Rockies picked him No. 11 overall in the 2009 draft.

It's southpaw Hyun-Jin Run for Los Angeles. Ryu (7-3, 3.33) had won four straight starts since a disabled list stint, before he was tagged for four runs and six hits over six inning in a loss at Cincinnati on Wednesday. Ryu is 2-2 with a 4.71 ERA in his career against Colorado. He has faced the Rockies twice this season. On June 6 at Coors Field, the Dodgers were -112 on MLB odds and Ryu beat the Rockies 4-2. He allowed two runs and eight hits over six innings. On April 27 at Dodger Stadium, Ryu's final start before landing on the DL, the Dodgers were -148 favorites at sportsbooks and lost 6-1. Ryu allowed six runs and nine hits over five innings. Charlie Blackmon is 5-for-7 career off Ryu with an RBI. Tulowitzki is 3-for-8 with two strikeouts.

Season Series
It's tied 3-3, with the Rockies 2-1 in Los Angeles. Tulowitzki is hitting .250 against the Dodgers this year but has gone deep twice. Outfielder Brandon Barnes, generally a part-time player, is 7-for-14 against the Dodgers with four RBIs. Hanley Ramirez is 7-for-17 with a homer and three doubles against the Rockies. Matt Kemp is 8-for-20 with a homer and four knocked in. Yasiel Puig is 5-for-18 with a dinger and four knocked in.

MLB free picks: Dodgers at +125 on the runline and 'under' 7 runs at +105 for your MLB picks. Colorado has lost six of its past seven series openers. The Dodgers are 8-2 in Ryu's past 10 at home against teams with a losing record. The 'under' in 5-2 in Ryu's past seven series openers.

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