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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies Pick & Prediction JULY 31th 2022

MLB | BASEBALL
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Logo Los Angeles Dodgers
VS
Logo Colorado Rockies
-191
OPENNER
11.5

-2.5 +105
CURRENT
11.5o -107

-200
MONEYLINE
+165

7
SCORE
3

The Colorado Rockies aren't out of the playoff chase in late July, but their prospects of reaching the postseason are fading each day.

The Rockies would need an immediate turnaround to reach the playoffs this year. The upside is Colorado has only seven games left with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have ruled the National League West for a decade.

On Sunday, the two teams will wrap up a four-game series in Denver, with Los Angeles sending right-hander Tony Gonsolin (11-1, 2.26 ERA) against Colorado righty German Marquez (6-8, 5.25).

Colorado bounced back from losing the first two games to win 5-3 on Saturday night.

Marquez was the team's lone All-Star in 2021 and has pitched well of late, recording three straight quality starts and has dropped his ERA from 6.16 in five weeks.

He will face the Dodgers for the fourth time this season. He is 0-2 with a 5.51 ERA against them this year, and for his career, he is 2-3 with a 3.56 ERA in 14 starts.

"He needs to stay on the attack, try to avoid as many 1-0, 2-1, 3-1 counts as possible," Colorado manager Bud Black said. "I think this group sort of thrives on that. And I think German, for the most part, has done that in his last few of starts. There'll be a lot of lefties in here (Sunday). He's got to land the breaking ball."

Gonsolin hasn't missed many spots this season -- or against Colorado at any point. He has 90 strikeouts in 99 2/3 innings this year, and his career mark against the Rockies is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in five games -- four starts.

Gonsolin's surprise season has bolstered a rotation that has been hit hard by injuries. Walker Buehler hasn't pitched since early June and isn't expected back for at least another month. The bullpen has also suffered injuries, with Victor Gonzalez, Tommy Kahnle, Daniel Hudson, Blake Treinen and Brusdar Graterol going down this year.

The good news for Los Angeles is most, if not all, are expected to return this year, but as insurance the team acquired veteran reliever Chris Martin from the Chicago Cubs for Zach McKinstry on Saturday.

Martin is expected to join the team in Denver for Sunday's game.

Martin helped the Atlanta Braves win the World Series last season and could get a second title if the Dodgers continue to play well. At minimum he provides another arm in the bullpen.

"We've got guys that are coming back, but there's no guarantee," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "He's performed in big spots. He's a veteran player who went to Japan, he commands the baseball, so just to kind of have them here, I think it's great opportunity for him and for us."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Los Angeles Dodgers
7
4
Colorado Rockies

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies Recap JUL 31TH 2022

James Outman homered in his first major league at-bat and finished with three hits, Freddie Freeman also had three hits, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 7-3 in Denver on Sunday.

Cody Bellinger had two hits and Tony Gonsolin (12-1) allowed three runs on five hits and struck out six for the Los Angeles.

Brian Serven homered and Randal Grichuk had two hits for Colorado. Rockies outfielder Kris Bryant left the game in the seventh inning due to left foot soreness. Bryant has been dealing with plantar fasciitis in his foot.

The Dodgers failed to score in the first inning for the first time in the four-game series, but they took the lead in the third off of starter German Marquez. Bellinger led off with a single and Outman, recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday, belted a homer on the third major league pitch he saw.

Colorado answered in the bottom of the inning. Serven led off with a home run, his fourth of the season, to cut the deficit to 2-1. One out later Gonsolin hit Jose Iglesias, walked Bryant and gave up an infield single to Brendan Rodgers to load the bases.

Grichuk singled into right field to drive in a pair and give the Rockies a 3-2 lead.

Los Angeles came right back in the fourth inning. With two outs and Jake Lamb on second Muncy walked and Bellinger doubled to right field to drive in both and give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead. They extended the advantage in the sixth.

Lamb led off with a double, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly by Muncy in Marquez's last inning.

Marquez (6-9) allowed five runs -- four earned in six innings.

Los Angeles added another run in the seventh off of reliever Robert Stephenson. Outman and Mookie Betts led off with singles to put runners on the corners, and Freeman doubled to right to drive in Outman.

Outman's two-out double in the eighth added an insurance run.

--Field Level Media

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