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|Team||Run Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||-1.5 (-177)
|Colorado Rockies||+1.5 (+148)
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Dropping the season-opener wasn’t the World Series follow-up the Dodgers had in mind. They had plenty of hits on day one, they just couldn’t capitalize. Clayton Kershaw wasn’t in mid-season form and the game got away from them in the middle frames. They rarely lose consecutive games and with the defending NL Cy Young award winner toeing the hill, I expect the Dodgers to run away with this game. We like the Dodgers money line and against the spread.
Garcia’s 2021 betting record: (1-2)
|What||Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies|
|Where||Coors Field, Denver, CO|
|When||Friday, April 2, 8:40 p.m. EST|
|How to Watch||MLB.TV|
Certain players are born for the spotlight. They live for the big moments, where the pressure is highest and lights are brightest. That’s Trevor Bauer, so it’s no surprise his final two teams he sought to join in free agency were in New York and Los Angeles.
In the end, the reigning NL Cy Young award winner joined the defending World Series champions and makes them even more dangerous in 2021. Bauer’s 5-4 record didn’t come close to telling the story of his season — he posted a 1.73 ERA and microscoping 0.79 WHIP while striking out 100 batters in 73 innings.
Bauer went six or more innings in 11 of his 12 starts including the postseason and surrendered one run or fewer in nine of them. He was dominant from start to finish and there’s no reason to expect he won’t be once again in his Dodger debut on Friday.
The opener was a weird game for Colorado. Based on the looks of it — eight runs on 11 hits — you’d think the offense was lights out. But if you look at how the runs were scored including a bunt single, a ground out, an error, an infield single and two wild pitches, you would realize they also had a bit of help from the Dodgers.
In fact, Colorado had just two extra-base hits on a day where the teams combined for 26 hits. Still, 11 hits is a good day at the office no matter how you slice it. Chris Owings had a nice 3-for-3 day, Trevor Story went 2-for-5 and new addition — who will be seen as one of the best bargains in all of baseball by year’s end — CJ Cron went 2-for-4 as well and scored a pair of runs.
At the end of the day, the Rockies are going to be in the top half if not the top 10 of runs scored in baseball and if you want to keep pace with the Dodgers on any given day, you have to score. Just good luck doing it against Bauerr.
The true difference in the season-opener for these teams wasn’t pitching or defense, or hustle or solid base running. It was as simple as making the most of your opportunities.
The Rockies were 4-of-12 with runners in scoring position on Thursday and left seven runners on base. The Dodgers were 3-of-16, with Mookie Betts going a surprising 0-for-4 in those situations, and stranded an unbelievable 14 runners on base.
We know Los Angeles can hit, they had 15 of them yesterday, and we know they can do it when it matters. But the World Series hangover is a real thing. I don’t think that happens to this team, they appear to just be too good based on roster construction, but it’s always nice to get that first win under your belt. Los Angeles will need some clutch hits on Friday if it’s going to get a win.
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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.More info on Tony Garcia
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