It is not too early to proclaim LA Dodgers’ victory in the Western division, as they stand 13 points clear of runner ups Arizona. Colorado is out of the playoffs race, but can still build on its home record and win another series against the likely winners of the division.
Odds: Winner Sports 2.10
The good news for the hosts is that they will have Jhoulys Chacin fit to play and the starting pitcher is on a roll, with six consecutive victories at home. He limited opponents to fewer than 2.5 runs per game and his overall ERA this season is quickly approaching the psychological threshold of 3.00. Another reason for optimism is the fact that the visitors will be without Puig who is still on the disabled list and the latest physical suggested that he should be kept on the bench for one more game.
The Dodgers don’t rely on a single player, but Yasiel Puig did a brilliant job lately for the Californians and his presence will be missed. On the bright side, the visitors give the ball to Rick Nolasco who is playing much better than he did for the Marlins and was unhittable in his last 16 innings. Granted he performs much better at Dodgers Stadium, Rick is a worthy opponent for the Rockies and his main advantage is that he can rely on a potent hitting unit.
No Stadium in major league baseball is more hitter friendly than Coors Field and the slight advantage that the visitors might have by sending Nolasco to the amount will be rendered irrelevant. Winner Sports and the rest of the bookmakers are regarding Colorado as underdogs tonight and prices a home victory at 2.10.