Los Angeles Dodgers vs Colorado Rockies Prediction, 4/1/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Dodgers vs Colorado Rockies
Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Location: Coors Field in Denver, CO
TV: AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-217) Colorado (+197)
German Marquez and the Colorado Rockies (26-34, 4th in NL West last season) host the Los Angeles Dodgers (43-17, 1st in NL West last year) at Coors Field on Thursday. The line on this game has the Dodgers priced at -217 and the Rockies are at +197. The total is set at 10. The men taking the mound are Clayton Kershaw and German Marquez.
As a team last year, the Los Angeles Dodgers put up 5.8 runs per game, which had them sitting at 1st in the league. They had 349 runs while having a team on-base percentage of .338. The Dodgers tallied 97 two-baggers as a team and knocked 118 baseballs out of the stadium. They accounted for 327 RBI's and 523 hits during the previous year, while their batting average sat at .256. Los Angeles had a slugging % of .483 and struck out 471 times, while taking a walk on 228 occasions.
Dodgers pitchers conceded 66 home runs and 213 total runs (29th in the league). They walked 145 opposing hitters and their FIP finished at 3.79 as a team for the previous season. Their strikeout to walk ratio was 3.57 and their pitching staff held a collective WHIP of 1.06. The Dodgers held a team earned run average of 3.03 during the previous year (1st in MLB), and the staff rung up 517 batters. The Dodgers dispatched 249 relief pitchers to the mound over the course of last year. The bullpen inherited 102 runners for the prior year and 27.5% of them crossed the plate. They recorded 15 saves for the previous season and did not convert 10 of their 25 save opportunities. The Dodgers relievers earned a save percentage of 60.0% and entered the game in 79 save situations. The relief pitchers tallied 52 holds last year (2nd in MLB). Dodgers bullpen pitchers went to the mound with runners on base in 74 outings in addition to 66 games with high leverage.
Clayton Kershaw surrendered 41 hits in 58.1 innings in which he pitched last year. His earned run average sat at 2.16 and he struck out 62 batters. He conceded 14 ER's over the course of last season with a strikeout to walk ratio of 7.8. He gave up 6.3 H/9 and his WHIP was 0.84. Kershaw held a FIP of 3.31 and his ERA+ was 196. Kershaw has pitched in 2,333 frames and has racked up 2,526 strikeouts so far in his MLB career. His earned run average is 2.43 (631 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.003. He has conceded 1,756 base knocks (6.8 hits per nine innings) with 585 free passes. Kershaw (175-76 win-loss record in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 2.75 while he has gone up against 9,179 batters during his time in the major leagues.
The Colorado Rockies had a team OBP of .311 and a batting average of .257 in the prior season. They were called out on strikes on 543 occasions (10th in baseball) and had 528 base knocks. Colorado accounted for 63 home runs for the previous season in addition to 264 runs batted in. The Rockies had a slugging percentage of .405 and they scored 4.58 runs per outing (15th in MLB). They tallied 84 two-baggers, while getting a free base 161 times and putting up 275 runs.
The Colorado pitching staff surrendered 353 runs during the previous year while having an ERA of 5.59 (327 earned runs relinquished). They conceded 83 dingers and they gave up 6.04 runs per 9 innings (30th in baseball). The Rockies had a team WHIP of 1.490 with a FIP of 5.14 as a squad over the course of last year. They had a K/BB ratio of 1.92 (393 strikeouts against 205 free passes). They were sitting at 2nd in the league as a staff in total hits given up with 579. Colorado relief pitchers held an inherited score percentage of 39.0% out of their 96 inherited runners. Their bullpen pitchers took the field in 59 games with high leverage and also 59 outings with runners on. Wrapping up the year with 24 save opportunities, the Rockies had 20 holds and also 8 blown saves. They were ranked 9th in baseball with a save rate of 66.7%, and they sent 189 relievers to the hill last year. Colorado called on relievers to step onto the hill in 44 save situations and they converted 16 saves.
Marquez had a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.9 with 73 total strikeouts and he was the owner of an ERA+ of 138. He pitched in 81.2 innings last season while surrendering 8.6 hits per 9 innings. Marquez allowed 78 total base hits while he surrendered 34 earned runs (3.75 ERA). His WHIP was at 1.26 and he held a FIP of 3.28 last year. In his pro baseball career, Marquez has surrendered 633 base knocks while tallying 640 K's in 634 innings pitched. Marquez (42-30 mark in his career) has a 4.24 ERA and has allowed 9.0 hits per 9 innings. He has given up 299 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.269 and a FIP of 3.9. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.72 and he has gone up against 2,681 opposing hitters during his MLB career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Colorado (+197)
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