Colorado Rockies vs Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction, 8/22/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Colorado Rockies vs Los Angeles Dodgers
Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020
Location: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Rockies (+190) Dodgers (-208)
Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers (19-8, 1st in NL West) host the Colorado Rockies (13-12, 3rd in NL West) at Dodger Stadium on Saturday. The Rockies open this game at +190 while the Dodgers are priced at -208. The O/U is set at 9.5. The men taking the mound will be Kyle Freeland and Dustin May.
Key Colorado Rockies Injuries
8/21/2020 Wade Davis RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
8/20/2020 Joe Harvey RP Undisclosed Probable for Aug 21
8/20/2020 Chris Owings 2B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 30
8/19/2020 David Dahl CF Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/7/2020 Chi Chi Gonzalez SP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
8/2/2020 Scott Oberg RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Sep 21
7/23/2020 Peter Lambert SP Elbow Out for the season
Key Los Angeles Dodgers Injuries
8/20/2020 Pedro Baez RP Groin Expected to be out until at least Aug 30
8/18/2020 Alex Wood SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/17/2020 Edwin Rios 1B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 27
8/15/2020 Will Smith C Neck Expected to be out until at least Aug 23
8/12/2020 Joe Kelly RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/12/2020 Edwin Uceta RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/12/2020 Zach Reks LF Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
7/21/2020 Jimmy Nelson SP Back Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rockies have a 13-12 overall record this season. Freeland (33-30 career win-loss mark) has earned a FIP of 4.52 while going up against 2,128 opposing hitters in the majors. His ERA is 4.04 (222 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.384. He has conceded 505 hits (9.2 hits per 9 innings) and has had 179 free passes. Freeland has pitched in 494 innings and has totaled 377 K's in his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.08 and they have given up 85 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .245 against the bullpen and they've struck out 75 hitters and walked 26 batters. As a team, Colorado allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.3 batters per nine innings. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.35. The Rockies pitchers collectively have given up 218 base hits and 108 earned runs. They have allowed 25 home runs this season, ranking them 28th in the league. Colorado as a pitching staff has walked 59 batters and struck out 182. They have walked 2.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.24 and their FIP as a unit is 3.95.
As a team Colorado is hitting .270, good for 1st in the league. The Rockies hold a .438 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.3 hits per game. Charlie Blackmon is hitting .424 with an on-base percentage of .463. He has 42 hits this season in 99 at bats with 24 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .606 and an OPS+ of 173. Nolan Arenado is hitting .234 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .279. He has totaled 22 hits and he has driven in 15 men in 94 at bats. His OPS+ is 93 while his slugging percentage is at .489. The Rockies have 233 hits, including 36 doubles and 31 home runs. Colorado has walked 81 times so far this season and they have struck out 206 times as a unit. They have left 168 men on base and have a team OPS of .768. They score 5.4 runs per contest and have scored a total of 135 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Los Angeles has a 19-8 overall mark this year. In his career, May has allowed 58 base knocks and he has 51 K's in 58 innings pitched. He has allowed a total of 22 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.168 and a FIP of 3.3. His strikeout to walk ratio is 5.10 and he has faced 242 opposing hitters so far in his pro baseball career. May (3-4 mark in his career) has a 3.40 ERA while surrendering 9.0 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 1.85 and they have given up 73 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .167 against the Dodgers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 111 batters and walked 39 opposing hitters. As a team, Los Angeles allows 6.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 2.72. The Dodgers pitchers as a team have surrendered 185 base knocks and 74 earned runs this season. They have given up 30 home runs this year, which ranks 18th in Major League Baseball. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 75 hitters and struck out 232 batters. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.06 while their FIP as a staff is 3.90.
As a team, they are batting .244, good for 16th in the league. The Dodgers hold a .455 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322, which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 13th in MLB with 8.4 hits per contest. Mookie Betts comes into this matchup batting .294 with an OBP of .363. He has 30 hits this year along with 21 RBI in 102 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .627 with an OPS+ of 166. Cody Bellinger is hitting .192 this season and he has an OBP of .263. He has collected 20 hits in 104 at bats while driving in 14 runs. He has an OPS+ of 76 and a slugging percentage of .385. The Dodgers as a unit have 227 base hits, including 40 doubles and 50 homers. Los Angeles has walked 93 times this year and they have struck out on 212 occasions. They have had 172 men left on base and have an OPS of .777. They have scored 5.59 runs per game and totaled 151 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rockies/Dodgers MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Dodgers (-208)
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