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MLB Betting Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies- July 6th, 2014

Two National League West foes will get after it on Sunday afternoon. This is the final game of a three game series. The two teams have split the first two games of the season. The Dodgers come into this game with a 50-40 record, for first place in the division. Los Angeles is just one single game ahead of rival San Francisco. For Colorado, they have dropped to fourth place in the division, and have a 37-51 record. Los Angeles comes into the game winners of 28 out of 45 road games, while the Rockies hold a 21-21 home record.

The Colorado Rockies are not in contention, but are always a dangerous team. Their offense, especially at home has the ability to go off at about anytime. Colorado’s offense is led by Troy Tulowitzki. While he is currently playing, the shortstop is battling another injury. Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, who both slug real well at home have been in and out with injuries. The Rockies rank first in batting average with a .281 mark, while they have scored the second most runs in all of baseball; 424. Pitching for the Rockies will be youngster Yohan Flande. The 28 year old has made two starts, earning a decision in one of them. In both games that the Rockies have played with him as the starting pitcher, they lost. Flande has allowed 7 runs and 12 hits in 10.1 innings pitched.

For the Dodgers, Josh Beckett will go to the mound. The 34 year old from Spring Texas is making his 329th career start and 17th of the season. Beckett is coming off a loss to Cleveland, where he was roughed up for 5 hits and 6 runs in just 5 innings pitched. Beckett has allowed 12 homeruns in 98.2 innings pitched. The Dodgers offense has been really good as of late, including guys like Yaisiel Puig with a .308 batting average. The homerun production comes from big left-handed first basemen Adrian Gonzalez. Gonzalez has blasted 14 homeruns and drove in 53 runs. The Dodgers rank 7th in all of Major League Baseball with a batting average of .260.

Consensus

This is going to be a slug fest. If it’s not Clayton Kershaw on the mound, we would make a great bet on this one scoring a ton of runs. Look for the bullpen’s to get into the action on this one early. In the end, we feel the Dodgers have a better and more consistent offense. Sure, Colorado ranks at or near the top in most offensive categories, but we like the more successful team to win this game. In the end, we are going to bet on the Dodgers. Our bet for this Sunday afternoon game is the Los Angeles Dodgers -148

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