Dodgers vs. Rockies Series Betting Preview
The Colorado Rockies host the Los Angeles Dodgers for a four-game weekend series in Denver. The Dodgers should be favored on the Dodgers vs. Rockies betting lines throughout the series, as L.A. is the favorite to win the World Series at many sportsbooks.
Colorado enters this series coming off of a hard-fought two games at home against the Oakland A’s, while the NL West-leading Dodgers battled the second-place San Diego Padres.
On the injury front, the Dodgers will be without reliever Joe Kelly (shoulder) and Walker Buehler will miss the series as he continues to battle a blister. The Rockies are without starting pitcher John Gray for the rest of the regular season with a shoulder injury.
Taking a look at the Rockies vs. Dodgers odds entering the series, the Dodgers are favored. This lines up with a bigger picture view of how these two teams stack up in the minds of bettors. Both teams are in the NL West, but it’s the Dodgers sitting on top. The Rockies got off to a better start than many expected, but the team has fallen back under .500 and the mismatch on paper could help suppress their odds throughout the series.
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How the Rockies Look
The Rockies starting staff had been better at home than on the road, but that is no longer the case late in the season as the team has dropped to the bottom-third of the league in FIP and home runs per 9 innings. Antonio Senzatela, Kyle Freeland, and German Marquez have done an admirable job of keeping the Rockies in games.
The Colorado bullpen has consistently been in the bottom six in WHIP and SIERA in baseball over the past two months.
Despite rolling out All-Stars Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, and Trevor Story, the Rockies are no longer top-10 in home runs and OPS at Coors Field.
Dodgers Excelling In All Phases
Overall, L.A.’s rotation is as deep and talented as any other club. While they’ve struggled with a bottom 10 in K% this season, they have also been on the fringes of a top 10 in SIERA. Buehler’s absence hurts, but Clayton Kershaw has reverted to his Cy Young award-winning form and the team traded Ross Stripling to Toronto so rookie right-hander Tony Gonsolin can get opportunities to start, and he performed very well in his last outing.
The Dodgers bullpen is elite, among the top three in a multitude of statistical pitching categories. Despite diminished velocity over the past two seasons, Kenley Jansen continues to perform as one of the most effective and reliable closers in the game. Blake Treinin, Scott Alexander, and Caleb Ferguson are examples of L.A.’s embarrassment of riches in the bullpen.
Los Angeles has one of the best offenses in MLB, leading the National League in home runs. This season, the Dodgers set the National League record for home runs in a calendar month (August) with 57, although this is the first year of the designated hitter in the NL.
The Dodgers will be heavily favored in this series, so keep that in mind when betting Rockies vs. Dodgers odds.