The success of any team in the MLB can very often depend on the division in which they ply their trade. For example, the Cleveland Indians will be in the playoffs despite only currently having the 6th best record in the American League. They are leaps and bounds ahead of the competition, none of whom have even been able to muster a .500 record this season. Things are not quite as clear in the National League West, where there is once again the possibility of 3 teams from that division heading into the playoffs. That is exactly what happened last year, although, the standings in other NL divisions suggests that all 3 going in again would take a bit of doing. With that in mind, winning the West has become a must for all 3 teams involved, and we have a pair of them going head to head in a crucial 4-game MLB series starting on Thursday. The Dodgers will be looking to increase their lead at the top, while the Rockies need to close the gap in both the divisional and Wild Card races.

MLB Series Los Angeles Dodgers Vs Colorado Rockies, Betting Analysis 1

Game 1

🏆: Los Angeles Dodgers Vs Colorado Rockies
⚾: Ross Stripling (R) vs Tyler Anderson (L)
🏟️: Coors Field – Denver, CO
⏰: Thu, Aug 9, 2018, 8:40p ET
📺: ATRM, SNLA
🎰: Los Angeles Dodgers -1½ +120 | -128 | O 10½ -110

Game 2

🏆: Los Angeles Dodgers Vs Colorado Rockies
⚾: Kenta Maeda (R) vs Jon Gray (R)
🏟️: Coors Field – Denver, CO
⏰: Fri, Aug 10, 2018, 8:40p ET
📺: ATRM, SNLA, ESPN+
🎰: TBA

Game 3

🏆: Los Angeles Dodgers Vs Colorado Rockies
⚾: Walker Buehler (R) vs Kyle Freeland (L)
🏟️: Coors Field – Denver, CO
⏰: Sat, Aug 11, 2018, 8:10p ET
📺: ATRM, SNLA
🎰: TBA

Game 4

🏆: Los Angeles Dodgers Vs Colorado Rockies
⚾: Rich Hill (L) vs Chad Bettis (R)
🏟️: Coors Field – Denver, CO
⏰: Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 3:10p ET
📺: ATRM, SNLA
🎰: TBA

 

Why bet on the LA DodgersGiven the amount of money that the Dodgers have thrown at the best players in the league over the past few seasons, you would expect them to be better than they currently are. They have managed to bounce back after an incredibly slow start to the season, and once again hold a lead atop the West, albeit by the slimmest of margins. A win in this series again the Rockies may end up being enough to put Colorado away in this race, but there are still the Diamondbacks to contend with. A loss in this series would not only tighten things up considerably, it might also let Arizona get back on top. The Dodgers had some real success the last time they went into Colorado, sweeping the Rockies in 3 games and outscoring them by an average of over 6 to 1. That’s a great result, but let’s also remember that they have only managed to play .500 ball in Colorado once in the previous 3 seasons, taking a losing record in the other two.

MLB Series

MLB SeriesThings are beginning to reach critical mass for the Rockies, who now find themselves 2 ½ games off the pace being set by the Dodgers in the West. Colorado are going in the tank at exactly the wrong time of the season. If they drop their game against the Pirates on Wednesday afternoon, they will extend their run of losing series to 3, which is not the sort of run you need if the goal is to make the playoffs. The Rockies are also in the same position in the NL Wild Card, sitting 2 ½ games back of the final spot, which gives you an idea of how desperate things are becoming for them. While Colorado were swept by the Dodgers the last time they met at Coors Field, it has not been all bad, as these two split their 6 meetings in LA.

MLB Series Los Angeles Dodgers Vs Colorado Rockies, Betting Analysis 3
MLB SeriesWhile I am tempted to go all in with the Dodgers here, I think this series will be closer than the last one in Colorado. I would not be surprised to see this one split.

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