Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Picks 8/22/20

by | Aug 22, 2020 | mlb

Colorado Rockies (13-13) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (20-8), 8/22/20
Time: 9:10 pm ET Saturday, Aug. 22
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Listed Pitchers: Kyle Freeland (2-1, 2.56) vs. Dustin May (1-1, 3.00)

Moneyline: Rockies +190/Dodgers -230 (Get better lines) Over/Under: 9

The Dodgers beat the Rockies at a big price Friday night, and they’ll play against another large number when the teams meet against Saturday evening at Chavez Ravine. How are we playing this one with our free MLB pick?

MLB Betting Odds

Saturday’s MLB betting odds opened LA and May at around -215 over Colorado and Freeland, with an over/under of nine runs. Early betting action then bumped the Dodgers about 15 cents, to around -230. LA could also be found “getting” around -115, giving the run and a half on the MLB run line.

Rockies vs. Dodgers Set-Up

LA grabbed the opener of this series Friday night 5-1. The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, then scored three runs in the fourth to back up a quality outing from SP Walker Buehler and three shutout innings from the best bullpen in Baseball. Los Angeles won Friday as a -245 favorite on the MLB betting odds and covered against the run line at a price of -120. Friday’s game also played under a total of nine runs. With Friday’s win, the Dodgers are 9-1 over their last ten games. Meanwhile, Friday’s loss extended Colorado’s losing skid to five games. At 20-8 overall, Los Angeles now leads the NL West by four games over second-place San Diego, and it’s 2.5 games up on the Cubs in the battle for the best record in the National League. At 13-13 overall, the Rockies trail LA by six games in the NL West, but they also cling to the No. 6 spot in the National League standings, which is good for a playoff berth this season. Last year the Dodgers took the season series from Colorado 15 games to four.

Saturday’s Starting Arms

May is 2/5 on quality starts this season, in part due to a short leash. Last Sunday, he gave up two runs and seven hits through 4 1/3 innings of an 8-3 Dodgers victory over the Angels. And in two starts previous to that, he held the Padres to four runs through 12 innings. On the season, May has allowed eight runs on 25 hits and five walks through 24 innings, and the Dodgers are 4-1 with him. In his only previous appearance against Colorado, May threw an inning of hitless, scoreless relief in an LA win back in September of last season. Lefty Freeland is a perfect 5/5 on quality starts this season. Monday, he held Houston to two runs on seven hits through six innings, although the Rockies lost that game 2-1. And just before that, he held Arizona to two runs through seven innings of an 8-7 Colorado win. On the season, Freeland has allowed nine runs on 28 hits and seven walks through 31 2/3 innings, and the Rockies are 4-1 with him. However, in two starts against the Dodgers last year, Freeland got clipped for seven ER and ten hits through just 5 2/3 innings, although Colorado managed to split those two games.

Saturday’s Batting Splits

Colorado is batting .252 against right-handed pitching this season, with a .315 team OBP and a .417 team slugging percentage. The Rockies have also been held to exactly one run three times over their last five games. Los Angeles is batting just .209/.296/.338 vs. left-handed pitching this season. But the Dodgers have also scored at least five runs eight times over their last ten games.

The Bullpens

The Rockies bullpen owns a 4.93 ERA this season and a 1.37 WHIP. The Dodgers pen owns an ML-best 1.81 ERA and an ML-best 0.98 WHIP.

MLB Betting Trends

  • Colorado is 6-5 on the road this season.
  • Los Angeles is 9-5 at home this season.
  • Colorado is 7-10 against right-handed starters this season.
  • Los Angeles is 7-1 vs. left-handed starters this season.
  • The Dodgers are 41-14 their last 55 games at home against the Rockies.

Totals Report

  • Unders are 14-11 in Rockies games this season.
  • Unders are also 14-11 in Dodgers games this season.
  • Unders are 7-4 in games played at Dodger Stadium this season.
  • Unders are a combined 7-2 with May and Freeland this season.

Free MLB Pick

The Dodgers are hot, while the Rockies are not, and that’s all we gotta know for this game. We’re taking LA. And we’ll also take a chance and chase a better price by giving the run and a half on the run line.