$239 Million should buy more than a .500 baseball team. But the 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t proved to be much more than that 62 games into the regular season. And with the San Francisco Giants resembling a run-away freight train, fans are beginning to worry in LA. The Dodgers are still a playoff team if the season ended today (barely), which is better than this time last year. But Yasiel Puig is already on the roster, which means Los Angeles will need to figure things out with, more or less, the same roster they have now. With 100 games left, there’s still time for the preseason World Series favorites, but they need to begin winning series’. And they’ll have a shot to do just that on Saturday. After dropping two straight series’ to the Pirates and White Sox, the Dodgers took game one yesterday at Coors Field and will look to do the same in game two today.
The Rockies are struggling. After a promising start, Colorado has dropped seven straight and nine of its last ten. Without Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado, the Rox just haven’t had quite as much punch in their lineup and the starting pitching is beginning to regress. They will trot out Jhoulys Chacin on Saturday, who has been consistent for Colorado. But he hasn’t been consistently terrific by any stretch. Chacin has gone between five and six innings in each of his six starts this season. And he has surrendered either three or four runs in five of the six. Chacin’s WHIP is a very underwhelming 1.50 and just hasn’t done much this year, or in his career, to suggest he’ll throw a great game in Coors Field against the Dodgers’ lineup Saturday. He’ll probably go another five inning and give up three or four runs before the bullpen gives up another few scores. And that type of pitching just won’t be good enough to beat Zack Greinke.
I really like Greinke in this spot tomorrow after his last outing against Pittsburgh. Greinke went five innings and gave up four runs in that outing. But, unlike Chacin, that was his worst outing of 2014. He didn’t have typical Zack Greinke stuff and still battled through five pretty solid innings. It’s unlike Greinke to throw poorly for two consecutive starts and I think he’ll make good adjustments against a formidable Colorado lineup, even without two of its better bats. Everyone knows about Greinke’s all-time great streak of consecutive starts of allowing two runs or less that ended a couple weeks ago. He’s been a winning machine ever since arriving in LA and he should get back to that status on Saturday. The Rockies will get a few runs, but they’re overmatched in the pitching department in this one. It doesn’t help that Gonzalez was Colorado’s best hitter against Greinke (6-17 career). The Dodgers take the first two in Colorado and the Rockies keep sliding.
Free Pick: Los Angeles (-130)
YTD: 22-14 +5.88
colorado rockies • jhoulys chacin • los angeles dodgers • zack greinke