Friday MLB Odds Preview: Key NL West Game
A matchup between National League West contenders highlights the Friday night MLB schedule as the Colorado Rockies visit the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Both sides are rolling right now with Colorado entering Thursday night’s action 6-1 in their last seven games and Los Angeles having won six straight and 12 of their last 13.
Getting the start for Colorado Friday will be Kyle Freeland (8-4, 3.42 ERA), while Alex Wood (7-0, 1.90 ERA) will start for the Dodgers.
Freeland picked up a win over the San Francisco Giants in his last start after allowing only one run over six innings. In two starts against the Dodgers this season he is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA.
Wood limited the Cincinnati Reds to one run over eight innings to secure the win in his last start. In his only start against Colorado this season he pitched six shutout innings with 10 strikeouts.
In nine games this season between the Rockies and Dodgers Colorado holds a slight edge with five wins. However, at home the Dodgers are 8-1 in their last nine versus the Rockies.
In the American League, Central Division rivals meet up in an important series when the Cleveland Indians host the Minnesota Twins.
Cleveland and Minnesota met up last week and the Indians dominated the series, sweeping all four games. At the Bovada Sportsbook the Indians were a road favorite in all four games. Cleveland is 8-2 in their last 10 against the Twins and overall they head into Thursday having won seven of their last eight.
Friday’s pitching matchup is Adalberto Mejia (1-3, 5.53) for Minnesota and Trevor Bauer (6-5, 5.54) for Cleveland. Mejia faced Cleveland in his last start and took the loss after allowing two runs over 4 2-3 innings.
Bauer posted a win over Minnesota in his last start after giving up two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings. In three starts against the Twins this season he is 3-0 with a 3.26 ERA.
Also worth a look Friday night, the Houston Astros begin a three-game set in Seattle against the Mariners.
Houston has won three in a row and on the road they’re 15-2 in their last 17 games. Seattle has won their last four games and will welcome back ace Felix Hernandez (2-2, 4.73) from the DL in the opener.
Houston will counter with Joe Musgrove (4-6, 5.09) who is 1-3 in his last four starts and in two starts against Seattle this season owns a 1-0 record with a 4.35 ERA.