The Los Angeles Dodgers will jumpstart their season against the Colorado Rockies 

April 8, 2022

Dodgers at Rockies 

Coors Field – Denver, CO 
4:10 PM ET 
Los Angeles -210 

One team is the favorite to win the World Series at 9-to-2. The other is one of the biggest long shots in Major League Baseball at 100-to-1. 

There are plenty of reasons for these numbers. One look at the rosters provides a pretty clear picture. 

The Dodgers are loaded with household names and superstars. The Rockies look like a glorified triple-A team. 

In the opener, Los Angeles sends Walker Buehler to the mound. He was 16-4 with a 2.47 ERA a season ago. Buehler has also had a lot of success against Colorado. He’s 6-2 during his career against the Rockies, with a 4.2 ERA and 101 strikeouts. Buehler is also 2-0 in his last five starts at Coors Field. 

On the other side, the Rockies trot out Kyle Freeland for opening day. The lefthander is just 12-22 across the last three seasons, a huge decline after his 17-7 campaign in 2018. Colorado is hoping the hometown hero can return to form, but a three-year stretch of futility suggests that’s not likely. 

Anything can happen on opening day. After all, the Rockies beat the Dodgers to open the season a season ago. But it’s unlikely that happens again. 

Los Angeles is the far superior team. They’ll get the season started on a good note. 

Richard DeMala’s pick: Los Angeles -1.5 (-135) 


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