Colorado (3-7) at LA Dodgers (8-2)
When: Tuesday, April 13th 2021
Where: Dodger Stadium,
Los Angeles, CA
Time: 10:10 ET | TV: MLB.tv
Opening Odds: Los Angeles -340/8u10
So far, so good on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ six-game homestand. The World Series champs will look to stay perfect at home when they host the Colorado Rockies in the opener of a three-games series at Dodger Stadium. L.A. came into the season as the odds-on favorites to win another championship and they have not disappointed. The Dodgers own the best record in the Majors at 8-2 and are coming off an impressive three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals over the weekend. The L.A. pitching staff was brilliant, shutting out the Nats twice around a 9-5 win on Saturday. Outside of that nine-run outburst, the Dodgers’ offense has struggled a bit without two of their best hitters – Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger. Betts is questionable Tuesday with a back injury, while Bellinger is still on the 10-day IL. The Rockies’ offense has been even worse. They were swept in three games over the weekend in San Francisco and scored a total of four runs after scoring 23 runs in their previous three games against Arizona. Trevor Bauer and Antonio Senzatela, who battled each other on April 2 in Colorado, will square off once again on Tuesday. In that Opening Weekend series, the Rockies took the first game before the Dodgers roared back to win the next three. L.A. also win seven of the 10 meetings last season including four of six at Dodger Stadium.
Pitchers: Rockies – Antonio Senzatela (1-1, 5.56) | Dodgers – Trevor Bauer (1-0, 4.15)
Senzatela allowed seven runs in 3.1 innings of his season debut against Los Angeles but bounced back strong in his next start when he tossed eight shutout innings against the Diamondbacks. This will be Senzatela’s 12th appearance and 10th career start against Los Angeles. He is 3-4 with a 6.70 ERA in his career against the Dodgers and is looking for his first win at Los Angeles, where he is 0-3 with 6.84 ERA in six appearances (five starts).
Bauer had a no-hitter after six innings of his Dodgers debut at Coors Field on the second day of the season but gave up four runs in the seventh, but still earned the victory. In his second start, at Oakland on Wednesday, he came away with a no-decision in a 4-3 extra-innings loss to the Athletics. He has 20 strikeouts and three walks in 13 innings with three homers allowed. Bauer has been in the news since his last start when it was reported that Major League Baseball was looking at the baseballs used during his start at Oakland for potential doctoring. This will be Bauer’s first home start at Dodgers Stadium and his fifth career start against Colorado. He is 1-1 with a 4.37 ERA in 22.2 innings against them.
I’m taking the under in this one. It’s not only a pitcher’s park, but the Rockies offense is terrible and even worse on the road. L.A.’s offense is struggling with Betts and Bellinger out, which makes getting through the lineup a little easier for Senzatela.
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Pick: UNDER 8 -110