Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 4/25/2014
Saturday, April 26, 9:10 PM on ROOT, SNLA
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Colorado Rockies - Nicasio, J (2-0) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - Maholm, P (0-2)
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Juan Nicasio (2-0) left with the lead the last time out but his bullpen couldn't hold it to push his record to 3-0. With the way Dodgers starter Paul Maholm has pitched against the Rockies in his life, Nicasio could get the win by being moderate at best. Nicasio also aims to keep his good start/bad start streak going, especially since his last outing was less than stellar, giving up 4 runs over 5 innings.
Nicasio was great against the NL West leaders in 2013, holding down a microscopic 1.65 ERA against the Dodgers potent lineup in 3 starts. His record was 2-0 but you can't do much better than 3 runs allowed in 16.1 IP with 16 K's. In Nicasio's last two starts against LA he gave up 0 R in 12.1 IP while striking out 10 and walking only 2.
Maholm likely has nightmares about the Rockies. He's gone a meager 1-8 against them in his life. Maybe time heals old wounds because the 31-year-old left hander hasn't matched up with the Rockies since 2011, where he was 0-2 with a 4.97 ERA as a member of the Pirates.
Maholm got torched for 4 runs in 5 innings his last time out and has switched back and forth between the rotation and bullpen thus far in 2014. He's given up 9 ER in 9.1 IP while starting, and threw a season high 107 pitches on April 21st. The 4 active Rockies who have faced Maholm (Carlos Gonzalez, Justin Morneau, Drew Stubbs, Troy Tulowitzki) are 21 for 62 (.339) with 4 HR in their career.
Colorado Rockies Betting Trends
Colorado Rockies are 13-9-1 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Colorado Rockies is 0.8
Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends
Los Angeles Dodgers are 9-12-1 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Los Angeles Dodgers is 0.5
Injuries to Watch
04/21/14 RF Michael Cuddyer Hamstring 15-day DL (4/21)
04/15/14 P Brett Anderson Finger 15-day DL (4/13)
03/28/14 P Jhoulys Chacin Shoulder 15-day DL (3/21)
Los Angeles Dodgers
04/09/14 C A.J. Ellis Knee 15-day DL (4/06)
03/29/14 P Clayton Kershaw Back 15-day DL (3/23)
03/27/14 P Chad Billingsley Elbow 15-day DL (3/19)
03/27/14 P Onelki Garcia Elbow 60-day DL (3/14)
03/27/14 P Scott Elbert Elbow 60-day DL (2/8)
Josh's Pick: Take Colorado
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