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Kate Barrington  |  Sat 6th Apr   | MLB

The Los Angeles Dodgers keep piling up wins behind their juggernaut offense and imposing pitching. On Saturday, the National League champs will gun for their fourth consecutive victory in Game 2 of their series with the Colorado Rockies (8:10 P.M) at Coors Field.

The Dodgers, who already produced a league-best 65 runs and a franchise-record 21 homers through the first eight games of the 2019 MLB season, will be counting on the hot hands of first baseman Cody Bellinger to lead the charge at the plate.

Walker Buehler will also be making his second start for the Dodgers after a five-run hiccup in his season debut. He will be pitted against Colorado’s Jon Gray, who opened the season with 10 strikeouts over 6.2 innings in a losing effort to the Miami Marlins 0-3. The Los Angeles Dodgers are -1.5 run favorites over the Colorado Rockies.  

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Los Angeles Dodgers Team Preview

The Dodgers have become the gold standard of stability these past few years, having reached the 90-win plateau since 2013. This year, they are once again expected to be a formidable contender in the playoffs without any major free-agency acquisition in the offseason.

So what makes the Dodgers’ well-oiled machine keep ticking?

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman explained that his vision has always been to put up a team that can compete now without losing focus on the future.

Indeed, Los Angeles possesses a nice blend of youth and experience on their roster. Manny Machado, Matt Kemp, and Yasiel Puig are now gone, but the Dodgers never felt their absence because of the deep pool of talent they have.

For example, 23-year-old Cody Bellinger is enjoying a career-best start as he’s batting .417 with six homers and 16 RBIs. Low-key offseason acquisition A.J Pollock and Russell Martin are also performing well right away for this Dodgers team that looks poised for another deep postseason run in October.

Colorado Rockies Team Preview

Prior to playing the Dodgers for the first time this year, Colorado snapped a four-game losing streak thanks to Chris Iannetta’s homer in the 11th inning.  A day after, the Rockies learned the harsh truth about themselves: they aren’t just good enough this year.

For a team that reached the postseason in back-to-back years, the Rockies are supposed to stay competitive even though their pennant rivals upgraded their roster significantly this year. However, it doesn’t need an analytic to know that things are heading south at a record pace.

The Rockies are 24th in the league in batting average (.210), 24th in on-base percentage (.267) and 25th in slugging percentage (.318). If this kind of batting line doesn’t convince you that they are free-falling hard, wait until you see their pitching numbers (4.24 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and .247 BAA). That’s how miserable now and will be for the remainder of the year in Colorado.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies Betting Pick

Clayton Kershaw might have 2 or 3 good years left in him, but the Dodgers sure are lucky to have Walker Buehler as the next man up. This young man is just amazing to watch. After going 8-5 with a 2.62 ERA and 151 strikeouts in his first full year, Buehler is all set to accomplish greater things this year.

There’s no doubt he will be a handful against the Rockies. Buehler already faced 13 Rockies batters in the past and he recorded 31 strikeouts from those face-offs.

But the biggest question for Colorado is how to contain the Dodgers’ high-octane offense that is lighting up the league in only its first week. Unless a miracle happens, we all know how this game is going to end. Betting the Los Angeles Dodgers are -1.5 run favorites over the Colorado Rockies.  

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Kate Barrington