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Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers (-167, 7)
Clayton Kershaw should be licking his lips seeing the Colorado Rockies on the schedule. The team is one of the better at hitting left-handed hitters in the league, but couldn’t smack a Kershaw fastball with a two by four.
In two starts against the boys from the Rockies this year, Kershaw has posted a 2-0 record, going 13 innings while allowing only two runs on six hits with 18 strikeouts. Colorado is batting just .136 against him this season.
But then again, the Rockies can’t hit anything on the road this year. Colorado is a horrendous 23-36 in opponent’s ball parks. The team ranks next to last in away batting average (.232), 25th in on-base percentage (.306) and 24th in road runs scored (230). Overall, the Rockies are 3-10 in their past 13 road games and are a horrendous 7-21 in their past 28 versus the Dodgers.
"We need to concentrate and do our best, because we're making too many mistakes," Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez told MLB.com. "Sometimes you play perfect and one mistake can cost you the game, but right now we're not giving ourselves a chance."
Kershaw will make them be perfect.
Toronto Blue Jays at Oakland Athletics (-107, 7)
Can you name the best home pitching team in baseball? The case can be made for the Oakland Athletics.
The land of elephants balancing on baseballs has been kind to the home hurlers this season. Oakland pitchers have allowed a league-low 168 earned runs in their own park this season and have a sterling 2.86 ERA – a meager 0.02 points behind San Diego for the best home mark in the Majors.
But opponents aren’t just struggling to score runs, they also can’t get hits. Visiting teams are batting a league-low .220 in McAfee Coliseum. Overall, the Athletics have ridden their pitching to win six of their past eight at home.
The Blue Jays have pounded out 78 home runs on the road this year and scored a fantastic 261 road runs, but they rely too much on their power. Toronto is hitting only .239 this year South of the border.
"We've got to start getting runs for all those guys," A's manager Bob Geren told The Oakland Tribune. "We have the best young rotation in baseball, and it continues to improve. You look back at where they were a year ago and think to where they'll be a year from now."