After losing two straight to the Washington Nationals, the Dodgers took the series finale, 7-1, on Wednesday, before hitting the road to take on the last-place team in another division. They head to Colorado having won nine of their last 11, including the hiccup against the Nats.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies
Thursday, July 28, 2022 – 08:40 PM EDT at Coors Field
The Story So Far
Wednesday’s win gave the Dodgers the best record in baseball, by percentage points over the Yankees. L.A. also leads the NL West by 11.5 games and are looking to add in the final days before the MLB trade deadline.
The Rockies are at the bottom of the National League West, by a half game behind the Diamondbacks. A hot stretch could also catch the Giants, who won the West last season. Colorado has won two of its last three and have been solid against divisional opponents. The Rockies are 6-2 in their last eight games against NL West rivals.
The Rockies and Dodgers have played each other fairly even this season. Colorado has actually outscored L.A., 36-35, in their nine games so far, although the Dodgers have a 5-4 edge in head-to-head wins.
Getting Back Their Guys
The Dodgers are believed to be in on the Juan Soto trade deadline sweepstakes, as they’re one of the few teams with the prospect-laden farm system that could meet Washington’s price for the superstar and the budget money to pay Soto going forward.
While the front office spends the week in trade negotiations, the Dodgers are getting new additions from within, as a pair of key players returned from injury in Wednesday’s final game of L.A.’s homestand.
Starting pitcher Andrew Heaney had a solid outing after missing nearly all of the last three months with shoulder problems. His return should help solidify a starting rotation that, while impressive on paper, has been scrambled by injury.
The lineup also saw the return of Justin Turner, who missed five straight games with abdominal tightness. He got an RBI single in his first plate appearance back in the lineup.
The Dodgers will start former Rockies pitcher Tyler Anderson to get the series going on Thursday. Anderson started this season 8-0 before Colorado handed him his first loss. He’s 0-2 in three starts against his old team. On the season, Anderson is 10-1, 2.79 ERA, and he’s been even better in July — 2-0, 1.42 ERA.
Home Sweet Home
The Rockies won a walk-off over the White Sox on Wednesday and have now taken six of their last eight at Coors Field, including three straight wins over the second-place Padres. On the season, the Rockies have been a different team at home, posting a record five games over .500 at Coors and 14 under on the road.
Colorado is hoping that some of their ailing players are on their way back as the top-ranked Dodgers come to town.
Kris Bryant has been limited to DH duty the last two games as he tries playing while suffering from plantar fasciitis, a painful foot condition. It’s day-to-day on when he is able to return to playing the outfield.
"It's a bear, but it affects everybody differently with how you handle the soreness," said manager Bud Black.
Meanwhile, Connor Joe missed a game with what the team called “general soreness,” but the Rockies were hopeful he’d be able to return Thursday.
The Rockies have won both three-game series over the Dodgers at Coors this season, outscoring L.A. by seven runs in the six games.
José Ureña gets the ball for Thursday’s series opener. He’s 1-2, 3.13 ERA on the year. He got tagged in his last start, giving up five earned runs in 5.1 innings to the Brewers.
Los Angeles is the more likely choice to win the game, but, as always seems to be the question with the Dodgers this year, is it a good bet at the price you’ll have to pay. The Rockies have been strong against the Dodgers at Coors, and Colorado seems to have Former Rockie Anderson’s number.
The Dodgers struggled with the Nats at home. We’ll go for the home dog to pull the upset in the series opener. I'll take the Rockies in a low-scoring game with my MLB picks.
MLB Pick: Rockies (+182) with BetOnline
MLB Pick: Under 12 (-115) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
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