Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies
The rivalry between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies might be relatively new, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t extremely intense and competitive. The Dodgers and the Rockies both compete in the National League West division, and the two teams have been battling for the division title since the Rockies became an MLB franchise.
Making a prediction for a game between these two teams is almost impossible, and the odds hardly ever matter when these teams take the field. Both the Dodgers and Rockies were playoff teams in 2018, and early predictions have them competing for a playoff spot again this season.
History of Dodgers vs. Rockies Rivalry
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies rivalry dates back to the 1993 season when the Rockies were an expansion team into the Major Leagues. The rivals have played each other 436 times since that time, and the Dodgers have been the better team. Los Angeles has racked up 251 wins while losing just 185 times. The two teams have never met in the MLB playoffs.
The Dodgers franchise got their start in Brooklyn all the way back in 1883. The team was moved to Los Angeles prior to the 1958 season and has been there ever since. The Dodgers have been in the National League since the league was formed in 1890, and have been a part of the National League West division since 1969. The original name of the team was the “Robins,” but the name was changed to Dodgers in the 1930. One of the most well-known Dodgers, Jackie Robinson, beat the odds by being the first African-American Major League Baseball player.
Major League Baseball approved the Colorado Rockies as an expansion franchise in 1991. Two years later, the Rockies began playing baseball games in the National League West division. The Rockies began playing their home games at Coors Field in 1995 and have called that their home park ever since.
Head to Head Comparison of Dodgers vs. Rockies
These two teams might be intense rivals on the field, but there is no comparison when it comes to postseason accomplishments. The Colorado Rockies have made the playoffs just four times in the history of their franchise, and each time has been as a Wild Card team. Colorado has appeared in one World Series in 2007, but they were promptly swept by the Boston Red Sox. The Dodgers have won six World Series titles and have 23 National League pennants. Not all of these were won in Los Angeles, but the Dodgers are one of the most successful teams in the Major Leagues. The Rockies can only hope to find the same success as their rival.
The Rockies are still without a Hall of Fame player in their history, but Todd Helton could be on his way. Larry Walker is the only Colorado Rockies player to win the MVP Award, doing so in 1997. Colorado has had a total of nine batting champions in the National League, but that is largely due to playing in a hitter-friendly park. There have been a total of 55 Dodger players, coaches, or executives elected to the Hall of Fame. The Dodgers have had a total of 13 players receive the Most Valuable Player Awards, and they hold the record for most Rookie of the Year Award winners with a total of 18. Los Angeles is one of the most decorated franchises in all of sports, while the Rockies are still relatively new.
Glance at Dodgers and Rockies Last 20 Games
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies played 20 games against each other a season ago. There were 19 regular season games scheduled to be played, and then the two teams were forced to play a one-game playoff to decide the winner of the National League West division. Los Angeles went 12-7 against the Rockies during the regular season, including winning the final four regular-season games. The Dodgers were also victorious in game 163, beating the Rockies by a final score of 5-2 to win the NL West. When looking at the run differential between the two teams a season ago, the games weren’t really that close. The Dodgers outscored the Rockies 103-71 in the 20 games played during the 2018 season.
Playing in Coors Field is usually a huge advantage for the Colorado Rockies, and they are usually one of the better home teams in baseball. The Rockies have fared much better against the Dodgers at Coors Field than in Los Angeles, but they still struggle to beat the Dodgers consistently. Colorado has an all-time record of 104-116 against the Dodgers at Coors Field, but are just 81-135 against them at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles have been the much better team consistently, and they have clearly dominated this rivalry. It’s hard to make a prediction as to what will happen in the next 25 years, but the Dodgers have dominated the first 25.
Detailed Series Splits for the Rivalry
Betting on rivalry games is extremely difficult in any sport, because there is just so much more that goes into the matchup. Looking at the odds can be extremely deceiving, because they sometimes don’t reflect what can be seen on the field. Taking a look back at history can sometimes be the best way to predict what will happen when the Dodgers and Rockies take the field. Let’s take a look at last year’s season to see if there are any betting trends that we can identify for next season.
Every game between the Rockies and Dodgers had a run spread of 1.5 either way. The Dodgers covered the run line odds on 12 of the 20 games played between these two teams. Eleven of these times, Los Angeles was favored by -1.5 runs and managed to cover that spread, meaning that they dominated games that they were supposed to win. When the odds were Colorado +1.5, they covered that spread all eight times. Betting the over/under can be a tough thing to predict in baseball, and last season’s results reflect that. The Dodgers and Rockies went under 11 times, went over seven times, and pushed twice. Looking forward to next season, bettors might be able to get a better prediction as to what will occur.
As the Rockies continue to grow as a franchise, expect this rivalry to continue to heat up. The Dodgers are one of the most popular sports teams in the world, but the Rockies have a growing fan base as well. It is hard to predict what will come in the future, but the odds are that this rivalry will only get better.
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