LA Dodgers (59-48) at Colorado (54-53)
When: Thursday, August 4th 2016
Where: Coors Field, Denver, CO
Time: 8:40 ET | TV: SportsNet LA, ROOT Colorado
The Colorado Rockies look to continue their strong playoff push when they host the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night. Colorado has taken the first two games in this series after last night’s 12-2 thrashing where the Rockies collected 17 hits. Carlos Gonzalez belted two homeruns before leaving the game with an ankle injury and is considered day-to-day. The Rockies are over .500 for the first time since May 18th and are 14-5 since the All-Star Break. Oddly enough, it’s the starting pitching that has given Colorado a boost recently. The starting staff is 10-0 with a 2.00 ERA in the last 13 games. Los Angeles has dropped four of their last six and are just 8-8 since the Break. The Dodgers are the top Wild Card team in the National League while the Rockies trail St. Louis by three games for the second spot. Justin Turner is swinging a hot bat for Los Angeles, going 7-for-16 with four doubles, a homer and five RBIs in his last four games.
Pitchers: Dodgers – Kenta Maeda (9-7, 3.23 ERA) | Rockies – Tyler Chatwood (10-6, 3.50)
Kenta Maeda rebounded from a poor outing right after the All-Star Break with two solid outings against the Cardinals and Diamondbacks. Maeda allowed two earned runs in each contest to earn a win and no-decision. Maeda has split two outings against Colorado this year, prevailing 4-1 at Coors Field on April 23rd after yielding three hits and striking out eight in 6.1 scoreless innings.
Tyler Chatwood continues to dominant on the road, but hasn’t had the same success at Coors. He’s 6-0 with a 1.30 ERA on the road and 4-6, 5.69 at home. Chatwood has allowed just one run over his last two starts against Atlanta and the Mets. Chatwood is 1-1 in two starts versus the Dodgers this season with a .171 batting average against.
Chatwood is coming off a scoreless outing at Coors the last time he pitched there and the Rockies are hot right now. Los Angeles is really slumping and I can’t lay -130 on them right now on the road. Look for Colorado to earn the sweep even if Gonzalez sits out.
Pick: Rockies +122