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

Teamrecordmoneyvs LHPvs RHPFaveDogO/UDiff
Colorado91-71$1,803.0033-2758-4456-3835-3367-86-90.23
LA Dodgers91-71-$1,142.0040-2551-4685-686-376-80-61.18
Pitchers Last 3 Starts
German Marquez (14-10) ERA: 3.81
event dateOpponentResultscoreOU Resultipmoney
Sep 26, 2018PHIW14-0O7$50.00
Sep 21, 2018ARIW6-2O7$105.00
Sep 15, 2018SFL0-3U6-$100.00

Walker Buehler (7-4) ERA: 2.76

event dateOpponentResultscoreOU Resultipmoney
Sep 25, 2018ARIL3-4U6-$100.00
Sep 19, 2018COLW5-2U6$43.00
Sep 14, 2018STLW3-0U8$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

DatescoreWinneriphitsRunsEarned RunswalksstrikeoutsDecision
Jun 30, 20183-1COL821109Win
Jun 2, 201812-4LA674438No Decision
May 21, 20182-1COL721125Win
Sep 30, 20175-3LA663312No Decision
Sep 8, 20175-4COL464232No Decision

Los Angeles Dodgers – Walker Buehler

DatescoreWinneriphitsRunsEarned RunswalksstrikeoutsDecision
Sep 19, 20185-2LA6320112No Decision
Sep 8, 20184-2COL664417Loss
Aug 11, 20183-2COL740036No Decision
Jun 2, 201812-4LA584422No Decision
May 21, 20182-1COL721106No Decision

Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense4.8073.752
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense4.11213.643
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense4.9354.5720
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense4.46164.1510

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineO/UAway PitcherHome PitcherAway HitsHome HitsAway WalksHome WalksAway StrikeoutsHome Strikeouts
Sep 19, 2018COL2LA5-2307.5UTyler Anderson (L)Walker Buehler (R)4513165
Sep 18, 2018COL2LA3-1907UKyle Freeland (L)Clayton Kershaw (L)465497
Sep 17, 2018COL2LA8-1617.5OJon Gray (R)Hyun-Jin Ryu (L)6112668
Sep 9, 2018LA9COL610210.5ORich Hill (L)Tyler Anderson (L)14871810
Sep 8, 2018LA2COL411810UWalker Buehler (R)Kyle Freeland (L)6731148
Sep 7, 2018LA4COL21359.5UClayton Kershaw (L)Jon Gray (R)81092911
Aug 12, 2018LA3COL417212URich Hill (L)Chad Bettis (R)755367
Aug 11, 2018LA2COL312611UWalker Buehler (R)Kyle Freeland (L)6633118
Aug 10, 2018LA4COL5-10811UKenta Maeda (R)Jon Gray (R)10913513
Aug 9, 2018LA8COL512110.5ORoss Stripling (R)Tyler Anderson (L)131024114

NL West Betting Odds & Trends

Team Vs Division Or Conference

Colorado Rockies

recordHomeAwayFaveDogO/Uvs LHPvs RHP
Overall91-7147-3444-3756-3240-3667-86-933-2758-44
Last 109-16-13-07-03-06-41-08-1
vs Div41-3522-1619-1928-1617-1729-43-418-1823-17
vs AL13-78-25-58-45-36-12-26-27-5
vs NL78-6439-3239-3248-2835-3361-74-727-2551-39
Los Angeles Dodgers
recordHomeAwayFaveDogO/Uvs LHPvs RHP
Overall91-7144-3747-3485-667-476-80-640-2551-46
Last 107-33-14-27-30-06-3-15-12-2
vs Div44-3223-1421-1843-302-234-38-425-1319-19
vs AL12-86-46-412-70-08-126-26-6
vs NL79-6338-3341-3073-597-468-68-634-2345-40
Team Last 5 Games

Colorado Rockies

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalstarteripopposing starterLocation
Sep 30, 2018WSH12-0W-19011Tyler Anderson7.2Erick FeddeH
Sep 29, 2018WSH2-12L-1059.5Jon Gray2S StrasburgH
Sep 28, 2018WSH5-2W-20010.5Kyle Freeland6Joe RossH
Sep 27, 2018PHI5-3W-18511Antonio Senzatela4.2J ArrietaH
Sep 26, 2018PHI14-0W-2009.5German Marquez7Nick PivettaH

Los Angeles Dodgers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalstarteripopposing starterLocation
Sep 30, 2018SF15-0W-2407.5R Hill7Andrew SuarezA
Sep 29, 2018SF10-6W-2807C Kershaw5Dereck RodriguezA
Sep 28, 2018SF3-1W-1877H Ryu6M BumgarnerA
Sep 26, 2018ARI2-7L-1308Ross Stripling1.2Z GreinkeA
Sep 25, 2018ARI3-4L-2258.5Walker Buehler6Matt KochA

 

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