To keep this blazing hot summer going, it’s only fitting that we follow MLB’s winningest team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, to Colorado where they will face the Rockies on Monday night. What’s more surprising? That the Dodgers have 69 wins or the Rockies are in last place in the NL West Division? Who cares! What really matters is where Monday’s game is being played.
Game: Los Angeles Dodgers (69-38, 51-56 ATS) at Colorado Rockies (49-57, 50-56 ATS)
When: 8:40 PM ET, Monday, July 29th, 2019
Where: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
Current Line: LAD -127 COL +117 Total: 12.5
TV Coverage: SportsNet LA, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain
Probable Pitchers: Kenta Maeda (7-7, 3.81 ERA) vs. Jon Gray (9-7, 4.05 ERA)
Yes, Monday’s game is being played at Coors Field. If you are unaware, remember Coors Field is located about 5,200 feet above sea level. Quick science lesson. Air is less dense at higher elevations. That means baseballs will travel farther when hit. That is why Coors Field is normally among the friendliest home run hitting parks in MLB.
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The Dodgers just happen to be second in the majors in home runs. AL MVP candidate Cody Bellinger is second in the NL with 34. The barrage of home runs has helped the Dodgers score plenty of runs. In fact, they are fourth in the majors in runs scored.
On the other end, the Rockies, despite being in last place in the division, are right behind L.A. in fifth place in runs scored. The Rockies’ team batting average is sixth-best (one spot ahead of the Dodgers) in the majors. Bottom line is Colorado can hit and produce runs.
The Rockies and Dodgers have played 10 times this season. The Dodgers have won eight of those games. Seven of the ten have been played at Coors Field. Both Dodgers losses came in Colorado.
The key here though is runs. In the seven games played in Colorado, a total of 108 runs have been scored. That’s an average of 15.4 per game.
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Pitching for L.A. on Monday is Kenta Maeda, who is 7-7 on the season. His ERA is a respectable 3.81. For the Rockies, it’s Jon Gray (9-7) to start. Gray’s ERA checks in at 4.05.
Monday’s Total is 12.5, which appears to make this a tough pick. Don’t be fooled. Here are the scores in the opening games of the two series played in Colorado – 10-6 and 12-8. It’s going to happen again. Take the Over.
MLB Free Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Colorado Rockies OVER 12.5
Pick by Rick