Extra-thick chalk on Thursday’s baseball betting card awaits anyone looking to play the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers in their series finale against the sinking Colorado Rockies.
Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
at Dodger Stadium
To no one’s surprise, Los Angeles and Colorado are on opposite ends of the NL West standings, just as the MLB futures odds suggested before the season began. The Dodgers and Rockies also head into their series finale with opposite streaks, LA surging with five consecutive wins while Colorado is in the throes of a 5-game skid. The Dodgers extended both of those streaks by taking the first two games and outscoring the Rockies 11-2 in the process.
Rocks Also Riding 7-Game ‘Under’ Streak
Thursday’s series finale features an early rematch on the mound between young lefthanders, Austin Gomber (0-2, 2.89) climbing the hill for Bud Black’s Rockies opposite Julio Urias (2-0, 2.84) for Dave Roberts’ Dodgers. Los Angeles is priced -315 on the moneyline at DraftKings where an 8-run total slightly favors the ‘under.’
Colorado has been blanked twice during its 5-game losing streak, finally ending a 26-inning scoreless stretch in Wednesday’s 4-2 loss. A .657 OPS has the Rockies ahead of only the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs in the National League ranks, and while the team’s 13 homers rank in the middle of the pack, eight of those are off the bats of just two hitters, rookie catcher Dom Nunez and infielder Ryan McMahon.
Los Angeles hurlers have thrown three shutouts during their win streak, all while their lineup has supported them with two dozen runs. The Dodgers top the NL with an .873 OPS, and the lineup has received a boost from rookie Zach McKinstry in the absence of Cody Bellinger, who is on the shelf with a left calf injury.
Dodgers Chalked by Average -230 Moneyline During Win Streak
Gomber has been missing a lot of bats, as evidenced by just two hits allowed and seven strikeouts in his first 9+ innings of work. Unfortunately, the former fourth-round pick out of FAU has also been missing the strike zone with great frequency, issuing 11 walks along the way. The good news is he has yet to allow a home run, helping to temper some of the wildness.
The first of his two starts came against Urias and the Dodgers at Coors Field on Opening Weekend, Gomber saddled with the loss after allowing seven free passes over the first three innings (73 pitches) in a 4-2 LA triumph. That was his first look at Los Angeles since his 2018 rookie season, and his lone career start at Dodger Stadium was a no-decision (5 IP, 2 ER).
Urias was outstanding in the earlier matchup against Gomber and the Rockies, getting through seven full innings on just 79 tosses and allowing a single plate crossing with six strikeouts. The effort was far and away his best showing against the Rockies, Urias entering that matchup with an 0-1 record and 5.76 ERA across seven previous starts and three relief outings (34.1 IP).
The 24-year-old followed that up with another dubya on his ledger, though it was just a so-so start at home against the Nationals last Saturday. Lined as -170 chalk in the assignment at USA betting sites, Urias was touched up for three runs on nine hits before heading to the showers two outs into the sixth inning. Urias owns a 3.11 ERA over the course of 138.1 career innings at Dodger Stadium.
Umpire Notes, Tinseltown Forecast & A Free Pick
Cory Blaser is scheduled to call balls and strikes for Tom Hallion’s crew, Blaser’s first plate assignment of 2021 after running 26-18-4 O/U/P the past two seasons. The Denver native was behind the dish for three games at Dodger Stadium last season, and all three made it past the totals. The 39-year-old is known as being noncombative with players and coaches, last thumbing anyone from a game in September 2018.
Cloudy skies throughout the day and into the evening are going to keep things from warming up in normally-sunny LA today. The weatherman is calling for a 60° reading at first pitch with a light SW breeze (out to right). Those cooler temps could only exasperate the current state of offense for the Rockies, making it an easy choice for my free MLB pick to play the run-line on Los Angeles and knock off some of the chalk.
Free MLB Pick: Dodgers -1½ (-132) at DraftKings