MLB Betting: Rockies crumbling down

By: Jimmy Sirody | Sunday, September 26, 2010
Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki has helped Colorado go 8-3 in its last 11 games versus southpaw starters.

When the Colorado Rockies won the first two games against the Los Angeles Dodgers to begin a six-game trip on Sept. 17, they appeared a deadbolt lock to make the playoffs.

Since then, however, the only fans that feel the Rockies are going to the postseason could fit in a phone booth.

Following those wins at Dodger Stadium, Colorado dropped the series finale and then proceeded to get swept by the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field before returning to Coors Field and losing the opener to the San Francisco Giants.

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The Rockies snapped that five-game slide Saturday with a dramatic 10-9 extra inning win over the Giants, thanks to the magic bat of Troy Tulowitzki.

Colorado lurked 3 ½ games behind San Francisco and Atlanta in the wild-card standings, and four back of the division-leading Padres, with eight games remaining, including Sunday's finale with the Giants.

The Los Angeles Dodgers provide the opposition for the Rockies in their final three home games of the regular baseball betting season, beginning Monday.

This isn't the way Joe Torre wanted to say goodbye. Barring a miracle finish, the Dodgers and their manager will stumble across the finish line next Sunday with their worst full-season record since 1980.

Ubaldo Jimenez (19-7, 3.00) looks to stifle Los Angeles, pick up his 20th victory, and keep the Rockies relevant Monday when he takes the mound.

Stifling the Dodgers shouldn't be a problem, as their incredibly shrinking offense is averaging 2.3 runs per game in the last 18 contests.

However, the Rockies are just 2-6 in Jimenez' last eight starts against Los Angeles. In his first two starts against the Dodgers he allowed just four earned runs in 14 1/3 innings, but the Rockies lost both games. He beat the Dodgers on Sept 17 at Dodger Stadium, but was nicked for four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Left-hander Ted Lilly (8-12, 3.83) is Torre's likely starter in the opener. The former Chicago Cubs starter has lost five of his last six despite four quality starts, including a strong outing against San Diego last Wednesday.

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Lilly dominated against the Rockies at home on Aug. 19, tossing a complete-game two-hit shutout while striking out 11. He didn't fare as well in the rematch at Coors Field on Aug. 29 when he lasted just four innings and was tagged for seven runs and nine hits, though he did strike out eight.

Colorado has feasted on southpaw starters recently, winning eight of its last 11.

Los Angeles had lost 10 of 14 on the highway prior to Sunday and it has flunked 12 of 16 division tests. The Dodgers have also stumbled in 21 of their last 26 on the road versus winning teams.

The Rockies have won four of the past five series encounters after dropping six of the first nine.

The last four meetings have ended on the high side. Colorado has topped the ‘total' in Jimenez's last six home starts versus Los Angeles and in eight of his last 11 home outings overall. The Dodgers have ducked ‘under' in seven of their past eight series openers.


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