Sunday Runline Play on the Dodgers & Rockies

Doug Upstone

Sunday, June 25, 2017 1:23 PM UTC

Sunday, Jun. 25, 2017 1:23 PM UTC

Colorado has found playing the other top teams in the NL West to be a rocky experience this week. The Rockies will try and salvage their pride on Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.

Going into Saturday night's contest against Clayton Kershaw, Colorado was 1-3 since Tuesday taking on Arizona and Los Angeles. Will the Rocks have what it takes to hold cool off a Dodgers squad that has been almost as hot as Buffalo Wild Wings "Blazin'" sauce?

The answer to this question in the details for MLB picks.

Pitching Matchup - Anderson vs. McCarthy

Tyler Anderson (3-5, 5.75 ERA) was moved up in the Rockies rotation to combat the Dodgers left-hand sluggers, after lasting only one inning with a sore knee on June 22nd against Arizona. Anderson has good and bad numbers in his 61 innings thus far, fanning 62 while allowing 70 base-knocks. He might not be a lot of help since three of his setbacks have come against L.A. and he has a 5.73 ERA.

What has prevented Brandon McCarthy (6-3, 2.87) from having a notable career, is injuries. Since ditching the power pitcher routine in stops in Chicago in Texas, the right-hander went to sinker/slider mix and altering arm angles and he became a dependable starter, when he was not on the DL. Playing in a pitcher's park and backed by a superb offense, McCarthy is throwing worry free and challenging hitters and is at almost 40 points below career numbers for batting average allowed (.226 vs. .264).

Rocks Having Tough Week, the Dodgers are En Fuego

Colorado hitters picked the wrong week to stop hitting. In reviewing the numbers, the issue this week has been facing a plethora of hurlers known for creating swings and misses and the Rockies batters have fallen victim. To get after McCarthy, the Rocks lineup has to be willing to pull the hands in and attempt to drive the low pitches up the middle or the other way and look for mistakes.

Manager Dave Roberts has Yasiel Puig batting eighth. When you consider Puig is second for Los Angeles in home runs and runs batted in, that says a lot about what gear your offense is in and is why they have averaged 6.9 RPG in winning 14 of 15. (As of 6/23)

Betting Odds, Head to Head and Bullpen Numbers

For this afternoon affair, the MLB odds have Los Angeles is a -170 favorite with a total of 8.5. The Dodgers have ripped the Rockies at home to the tune of 17-6 the past few years and the UNDER is 15-7 thru 6/23. As I mentioned on Friday's article about these teams, the L.A. bullpen is special and No.1 in ERA in the NL, Colorado not so much at 10th.

The Winner Is......

Just like two days ago, this Dodgers money line is pricey and Anderson provides little confidence Colorado can come through. This season, Roberts guys are 37-10 when favored by -150 or more and 26-5 since last season at home when the total is 8 or 8.5. In each instance, they are winning these tilts by 2.4 or more runs a contest, which leads to run line selection on Dodger Blue.

Free MLB Play - Los Angeles on the Run Line (+130)Best Betting Line at 5Dimes

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