Rockies and Dodgers Play for NL West Title

NL West

Winner of Game Wins NL West Title; Loser Plays in NL Wildcard

The NL West couldn’t be settled after 162 games of the Major League Baseball Season. The Rockies and the Dodgers will square off Monday afternoon to see who wins the division. The winner will be crowned NL West Champions. The loser will play in the NL Wildcard Game Tuesday.

TV: 4:09 p.m. ET, ESPN

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies RH German Marquez (14-10, 3.76 ERA) vs. Dodgers RH Walker Buehler (7-5, 2.76)

ODDS: The Dodgers are -175-moneyline favorites. The total is 7 Under -120.

Both of these teams will look to carry over their offensive production from their final regular-season contests.  The Dodgers swept three from San Francisco over the weekend while scoring 28 runs. They scored 15 on Sunday.

Colorado won nine of its last 10 contests after a 12-0 rout of Washington in Sunday’s finale.

Dodgers Have Owned Rockies in Regular Season

The winner advances to host the NL East champion Atlanta Braves in the opener of the best-of-five Division Series on Thursday. The loser settles for playing in the Wild Card Game on Tuesday at the Milwaukee Brewers or the Chicago Cubs.

Two young hard-throwing right-handed pitchers will take the mound Monday. Los Angeles hands the ball to Walker Buehler. The Rockies counter with German Marquez. He has two wins and a no-decision in three starts against the Dodgers this season.

Colorado’s Nolan Arenado went deep twice Sunday, giving him an NL-most 37. Manny Machado takes a nine-game hitting streak (12-for-36) into the contest for Los Angeles. They have won 12 of 19 games in the season series.

Both Startig Pitchers are Dealing Heading into NL West Tiebreaker

Marquez won his last two starts. That includes last Wednesday when he permitted three hits and one walk over seven scoreless innings against Philadelphia. The 23-year-old has registered 11 or more strikeouts in five of his last six outings. He boasts 221 over 191 1/3 frames this season.

Joc Pederson is 3-for-10 with two homers versus Marquez. He is 2-0 with a 3.19 ERA in five career starts against the Dodgers.

Buehler recorded four quality starts in five opportunities during September. He only managed only a 1-1 record in that stretch despite a sparkling 1.95 ERA. Buehler owns 148 strikeouts over 130 2/3 innings. He held Arizona to two runs over six innings in his last start.

The youngster has lost only once since Aug. 1. That was at Colorado on Sept. 8.

Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez are each 3-for-10 against Buehler.  He is 0-1 with a 2.61 ERA in five starts versus Colorado in 2018.

This and That in the NL West

Los Angeles has won at least 90 games for the sixth straight season. That matches the streak of the Brooklyn Dodgers (1951-56) for the franchise record.

Colorado CF Charlie Blackmon hit for the cycle Sunday. He did this by going 4-for-5 with three RBIs. He has a team-high five homers against the Dodgers this season. Arenado has gone deep four times versus Los Angeles in 2018.

Los Angeles OF Yasiel Puig is 21-for-48 with five homers versus the Rockies this year.

PREDICTION: Dodgers 5, Rockies 4

Recent Form

Team record money vs LHP vs RHP Fave Dog O/U Diff
Colorado 91-71 $1,803.00 33-27 58-44 56-38 35-33 67-86-9 0.23
LA Dodgers 91-71 -$1,142.00 40-25 51-46 85-68 6-3 76-80-6 1.18
Pitchers Last 3 Starts
German Marquez (14-10) ERA: 3.81
event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Sep 26, 2018 PHI W 14-0 O 7 $50.00
Sep 21, 2018 ARI W 6-2 O 7 $105.00
Sep 15, 2018 SF L 0-3 U 6 -$100.00

Walker Buehler (7-4) ERA: 2.76

event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Sep 25, 2018 ARI L 3-4 U 6 -$100.00
Sep 19, 2018 COL W 5-2 U 6 $43.00
Sep 14, 2018 STL W 3-0 U 8 $81.00

Bullpen

Colorado’s relievers have pitched 11.1 innings in the last 3 games.
LA Dodgers’s relievers have pitched 9 innings in the last 3 games.
Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent

Colorado Rockies – German Marquez

Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
Jun 30, 2018 3-1 COL 8 2 1 1 0 9 Win
Jun 2, 2018 12-4 LA 6 7 4 4 3 8 No Decision
May 21, 2018 2-1 COL 7 2 1 1 2 5 Win
Sep 30, 2017 5-3 LA 6 6 3 3 1 2 No Decision
Sep 8, 2017 5-4 COL 4 6 4 2 3 2 No Decision

Los Angeles Dodgers – Walker Buehler

Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
Sep 19, 2018 5-2 LA 6 3 2 0 1 12 No Decision
Sep 8, 2018 4-2 COL 6 6 4 4 1 7 Loss
Aug 11, 2018 3-2 COL 7 4 0 0 3 6 No Decision
Jun 2, 2018 12-4 LA 5 8 4 4 2 2 No Decision
May 21, 2018 2-1 COL 7 2 1 1 0 6 No Decision

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 4.80 7 3.75 2
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 4.11 21 3.64 3
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 4.93 5 4.57 20
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 4.46 16 4.15 10

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line O/U Away Pitcher Home Pitcher Away Hits Home Hits Away Walks Home Walks Away Strikeouts Home Strikeouts
Sep 19, 2018 COL 2 LA 5 -230 7.5 U Tyler Anderson (L) Walker Buehler (R) 4 5 1 3 16 5
Sep 18, 2018 COL 2 LA 3 -190 7 U Kyle Freeland (L) Clayton Kershaw (L) 4 6 5 4 9 7
Sep 17, 2018 COL 2 LA 8 -161 7.5 O Jon Gray (R) Hyun-Jin Ryu (L) 6 11 2 6 6 8
Sep 9, 2018 LA 9 COL 6 102 10.5 O Rich Hill (L) Tyler Anderson (L) 14 8 7 1 8 10
Sep 8, 2018 LA 2 COL 4 118 10 U Walker Buehler (R) Kyle Freeland (L) 6 7 3 1 14 8
Sep 7, 2018 LA 4 COL 2 135 9.5 U Clayton Kershaw (L) Jon Gray (R) 8 10 9 2 9 11
Aug 12, 2018 LA 3 COL 4 172 12 U Rich Hill (L) Chad Bettis (R) 7 5 5 3 6 7
Aug 11, 2018 LA 2 COL 3 126 11 U Walker Buehler (R) Kyle Freeland (L) 6 6 3 3 11 8
Aug 10, 2018 LA 4 COL 5 -108 11 U Kenta Maeda (R) Jon Gray (R) 10 9 1 3 5 13
Aug 9, 2018 LA 8 COL 5 121 10.5 O Ross Stripling (R) Tyler Anderson (L) 13 10 2 4 11 4

NL West Betting Odds & Trends

Team Vs Division Or Conference

Colorado Rockies

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 91-71 47-34 44-37 56-32 40-36 67-86-9 33-27 58-44
Last 10 9-1 6-1 3-0 7-0 3-0 6-4 1-0 8-1
vs Div 41-35 22-16 19-19 28-16 17-17 29-43-4 18-18 23-17
vs AL 13-7 8-2 5-5 8-4 5-3 6-12-2 6-2 7-5
vs NL 78-64 39-32 39-32 48-28 35-33 61-74-7 27-25 51-39
Los Angeles Dodgers
record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 91-71 44-37 47-34 85-66 7-4 76-80-6 40-25 51-46
Last 10 7-3 3-1 4-2 7-3 0-0 6-3-1 5-1 2-2
vs Div 44-32 23-14 21-18 43-30 2-2 34-38-4 25-13 19-19
vs AL 12-8 6-4 6-4 12-7 0-0 8-12 6-2 6-6
vs NL 79-63 38-33 41-30 73-59 7-4 68-68-6 34-23 45-40
Team Last 5 Games

Colorado Rockies

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Sep 30, 2018 WSH 12-0 W -190 11 Tyler Anderson 7.2 Erick Fedde H
Sep 29, 2018 WSH 2-12 L -105 9.5 Jon Gray 2 S Strasburg H
Sep 28, 2018 WSH 5-2 W -200 10.5 Kyle Freeland 6 Joe Ross H
Sep 27, 2018 PHI 5-3 W -185 11 Antonio Senzatela 4.2 J Arrieta H
Sep 26, 2018 PHI 14-0 W -200 9.5 German Marquez 7 Nick Pivetta H

Los Angeles Dodgers

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Sep 30, 2018 SF 15-0 W -240 7.5 R Hill 7 Andrew Suarez A
Sep 29, 2018 SF 10-6 W -280 7 C Kershaw 5 Dereck Rodriguez A
Sep 28, 2018 SF 3-1 W -187 7 H Ryu 6 M Bumgarner A
Sep 26, 2018 ARI 2-7 L -130 8 Ross Stripling 1.2 Z Greinke A
Sep 25, 2018 ARI 3-4 L -225 8.5 Walker Buehler 6 Matt Koch A

 

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