The Los Angeles Dodgers continue their road trip on Monday when they stop in Denver to begin a series with the Colorado Rockies. Naturally, the Dodgers are heavy favorites on the road with a moneyline of -210 compared to Colorado’s moneyline of +175. The game also has an over/under of 11.5 runs.
After winning on Sunday night in Atlanta, the Dodgers are now 5-1 on their current road trip. They had a troubling stretch earlier this month when they lost their hold on the NL West lead. But Los Angeles appears to have righted the ship and is heating up late in June and is back to being two games ahead of San Diego atop the division.
Meanwhile, the Rockies are back home on Monday after a 1-5 road trip. That stretch has dropped them to 9-16 in the month of June, bringing them to the bottom of the NL West. The Rockies are now 11 games under .500 and nine games out of a playoff spot.
Chad Kuhl will get the start for the Rockies on Monday. He’s been one of the bright spots in Colorado’s rotation this year, going 4-5 with a 3.95 ERA over his 13 starts. Surprisingly, Kuhl has been even better at Coors Field than he’s been on the road, although he’s taken a loss in three straight starts, with Colorado losing his last four starts.
At the same time, the Colorado lineup has fallen on hard times, averaging just three runs per game over their last six games. Obviously, returning home should help, although Kris Bryant being on the IL hurts Colorado despite Bryant having a disappointing season. Connor Joe and Brendan Rodgers have helped to keep things going, but the other key players in Colorado’s lineup have hit a slump lately.
The Dodgers will have lefty Tyler Anderson on the mound for Monday’s series opener. The 32-year-old has become a new ace for LA, going 8-0 with a 3.00 ERA over 11 starts and two relief appearances this year. Needless to say, Anderson has been a good-luck charm for the Dodgers, who have won the last seven games that Anderson has started.
Offensively, the Dodgers have been clicking during their current road trip, averaging 6.3 runs per game. Even with Mookie Betts on the IL, Freddie Freeman and Trea Turner have continued to perform at an all-star level and carry the LA lineup. Will Smith has also been red-hot, batting .379 with three home runs over his last six games to give the Dodgers even more depth.
The Dodgers might be a little vulnerable in this game because they had to play late on Sunday and then travel two-thirds across the country without an off day.
However, that slight edge for the Rockies can easily be canceled out by their slumping lineup facing Anderson. Even if there isn’t a ton of value in taking the Dodgers as such heavy favorites, Los Angeles beating the Rockies on Monday remains a safe bet.
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