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MLB expert and handicapper Jason Radowitz is here with his prediction and best bet for tonight's Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers clash.

Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction: Can the Rockies Pick Up Their First Win?

Nobody really knows what the Colorado Rockies are doing. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that the Rockies aren't good. The Rockies have a sneaky lineup that will have success, especially in Coors Field. It might just not come against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first week of the season.

The Dodgers defeated the Rockies, 5-2, in the first game but scored all five runs in one inning. Other than that, the Rockies shut down the Dodgers' lineup in Coors Field.

Could the Rockies have some success against the Dodgers in tonight's ball game? Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for the second game of the series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies.

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Rockies vs. Dodgers Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: April 9, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:10 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: ATTR/SNLA

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The Rockies are going to send out their ace pitcher German Marquez. He's had weird splits in recent years but Marquez finished last season with a 3.94 xFIP along with a 23.9% strikeout rate. He's a solid fit for Coors Field because Marquez was able to earn 51.4% ground balls last season. He also gave up just 23.1% of line-drive contact.

However, Marquez still walked 8% of batters last season. Still, he didn't give up crazy power from either side of the plate last season, with righties having an ISO of .130 and lefties having an ISO of .171. Marquez showed off very good command against right-handed batters, striking righties out 29.6% of the time while only walking them 5.9% of the time.

The Dodgers lineup will have more righties than lefties. Los Angeles' lineup is filled with power, limited strikeouts, and a high amount of walks looking back at last year's stats. The Dodgers’ projected lineup hit only 37.4% grounders last season against righties with a .195 ISO, .349 wOBA, and just 20.3% strikeouts with 10.8% walks.

Meanwhile, Tony Gonsolin will get the call for the Dodgers. Last season, Gonsolin didn't get many opportunities due to injury, but in those opportunities, he had a 4.79 xFIP and gave up 14% walks.

His batting average of balls in play stayed at .237, which is why Gonsolin was able to get out of major trouble but he still wasn't great at earning ground balls.

Righties had a .264 ISO in 86 plate appearances against Gonsolin last season and while it’s a small sample size, it's a pretty eye-popping number. The Rockies are filled with right-handed bats that can do damage including new acquisition, Kris Bryant, and C.J. Cron. The Rockies weren’t very patient against righties last year but could have a new approach to things this year with Bryant in the mix.

Only Bryant, Cron, and Connor Joe walked 9.5% or more against righties last season. So that number needs to tick up a bit. Patience will be crucial for the Rockies. Those three batters are also the three righties that have the lowest ground ball rates and the highest line drive rates against righties dating back to last year. Those guys can do damage against Gonsolin.

Last season, the Rockies hit just 41.1% ground balls against righties and had a BABIP of .301 dating back to last year using the projected lineup. That's some good offense and an offense that should have success tonight.

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Article Author


Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.


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