Colorado Rockies vs Los Angeles Dodgers Picks and Predictions June 17th 2024

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Colorado Rockies
ML: 140
LA Dodgers Dodgers
ML: -165

Resilient Dodgers Turn to James Paxton vs. Rockies Despite Injury Woes

Injuries and slumps hit every major league team, but the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ depth helps the club deal with those setbacks. Despite recent injuries to key players like Max Muncy, Chris Taylor, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, and Mookie Betts, the Dodgers remain atop the National League West. They will look to extend their lead in an upcoming four-game series against the Colorado Rockies in Denver.

Dodgers’ Injury Struggles

The Dodgers have faced significant injuries recently:

  • Max Muncy has been out for over a month with a right oblique strain.
  • Chris Taylor is struggling offensively, batting just .108 this season.
  • Yoshinobu Yamamoto is on the injured list with a strained rotator cuff.
  • Mookie Betts recently suffered a fractured left hand after being hit by a pitch. Although he will not require surgery, he joins Muncy and Yamamoto on the injured list.

Despite these setbacks, the Dodgers’ depth has kept them competitive. They remain in first place in the NL West and will rely on their strong roster to continue their success.

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James Paxton Takes the Mound

Left-hander James Paxton (6-1, 3.92 ERA) will start for the Dodgers against the Rockies’ right-hander Cal Quantrill (6-4, 3.30 ERA). Paxton is having a bounce-back season in his first year with the Dodgers and will be making his sixth career start against Colorado. He holds a 1-3 record with a 3.65 ERA in previous matchups with the Rockies.

Recent Team Performance

The Dodgers have dropped four of their past seven games but have historically dominated the Rockies, winning 16 of the past 23 games between the two teams. Despite his struggles, Chris Taylor remains optimistic about improving his performance. Taylor has historically performed well against Colorado, batting .274 with 17 home runs in 93 games.

Colorado Rockies’ Outlook

The Rockies, coming off an 8-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, have performed well against strong teams at home, including series wins against the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Guardians, and Philadelphia Phillies. Cal Quantrill has been instrumental in the Rockies’ resurgence, going 6-1 since early May. However, he has struggled against the Dodgers, posting a 1-4 record with a 7.89 ERA in five appearances.

Nolan Jones’ Return

Nolan Jones‘ return from a low back strain has been a positive development for the Rockies. He finished the recent series against Pittsburgh 4-for-8, including three hits in Sunday’s game. Manager Bud Black is hopeful that Jones’ performance will be a turning point for the team.

Looking Ahead

Despite their injury challenges, the Dodgers are poised to continue their strong performance in the NL West. The upcoming series against the Rockies will be crucial, with James Paxton playing a key role on the mound. The team’s depth and resilience will be tested as they aim to maintain their lead and build momentum heading into the latter part of the season.


The Dodgers’ ability to stay competitive amidst significant injuries is a testament to their depth and resilience. As they face the Rockies, James Paxton’s performance will be pivotal. The series promises to be a critical test for both teams, with the Dodgers looking to extend their dominance and the Rockies aiming to capitalize on their home-field advantage.

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