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Game Preview: Dodgers, Rockies Continue Battle For NL West Lead

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Sep 13, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers

Time: 7:10 PM PT

Venue: Dodger Stadium

Colorado Record: 82-68

Los Angeles Record: 83-68

How are the Dodgers Doing?

The Dodgers opened their series with a bang with an 8-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Joc Pederson went deep twice, while Max Muncy added his 33rd home run of the season. Hyun-Jin Ryu picked up his fifth victory of the year after throwing seven shutout innings.

Why is this Game Important?

The back-and-forth race in the division continues between the Rockies and the Dodgers. While Los Angeles holds a half game lead in the NL West, neither team has led by more than 1.5 games at any point this year. This series is the final scheduled matchup between Colorado and Los Angeles this year.

Pitching Matchup

Clayton Kershaw (8-5, 2.51 ERA) vs Kyle Freeland (15-7, 2.96 ERA)

Clayton Kershaw won each of his last two starts and has won his last five decisions. He allowed three runs on eight hits in his last start in St. Louis. The startling fact is that Tuesday could potentially be Kershaw’s last regular season start pitching at home for the Dodgers. He can opt out of his contract at the end of the year and his final two starts of the year are scheduled to be in Arizona and San Francisco.

Kyle Freeland will face the Dodgers for the fourth time this year. He has a 1-1 record with a 2.79 ERA in three starts against Los Angeles in 2018, with the Rockies winning two of those games. The Rockies have won 13 of Freeland’s last 14 starts.

Matchup of the Day

Justin Turner vs Kyle Freeland

The matchup lies in Justin Turner’s favor as he faces off against Kyle Freeland. Turner is batting .550 in 21 plate appearances against Freeland with three doubles. He went 2-3 in the series opener on Monday.

Vegas Odds

Odds Sharks

Predicted Score

Los Angeles: 3.9

Rockies: 1.2

Moneyline Consensus

Los Angeles: -190

Rockies: +178

FiveThirtyEight

Los Angeles: 60% chance of winning

Rockies: 40% chance of winning

Fun Fact

The Rockies remain the only MLB team to have never won a division in their franchise’s history.

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Written by Arthur Cribbs

Arthur Cribbs is a journalism student at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He is a lifelong Dodgers fan and when he is not at school, he resides in Los Angeles.

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