MLB Thursday Preview: Dodgers at Brewers, Phillies at Rockies

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April 18th, 2019

Los Angeles Dodgers (12-8) at Milwaukee Brewers (12-7), 8:10 p.m. ET

Julio Urias (0-1, 5.27 ERA) (LAD) -110 / -1.5 runs (+145) / Over 9.5 runs (-110) Zach Davies (2-0, 1.53 ERA) (MIL) EVEN / +1.5 runs (-175) / Under 9.5 runs (-110)

After dropping two of three to the Brewers at home last weekend, the Dodgers head to Miller Park for a four-game series with Milwaukee.

Julio Urias will be on the hill for the Dodgers, and he was tagged for five runs on six hits, including two home runs, in five innings of work against the Brewers on April 12.

Catcher Yasmani Grandal gathered three hits and a walk, including a home run, against his former team. He's tearing the cover off the ball at the moment, as he has 12 hits in his last eight games, highlighted by four home runs.

The soft-tossing Zach Davies looked comfortable at Dodger Stadium on April 13, when he scattered eight hits and allowed just one run, a homer to the red-hot Cody Bellinger (the MLB leader in total bases at 63). But over the last three seasons, he's pitched to a 4.71 ERA in his own ballpark.

MLB Free Play: Over

Philadelphia Phillies (11-6) at Colorado Rockies (6-12), 8:40 p.m. ET

Zach Eflin (2-1, 3.94 ERA) (PHI) -105 / -1.5 runs (+135) / Over 11 runs (-105) Kyle Freeland (1-3, 5.40 ERA) (COL) -105 / +1.5 runs (-165) / Under 11 runs (-115)

The Phillies begin a four-game series with the Rockies at Coors Field, the ultimate hitter's haven. Zach Eflin, who owns terrible road splits, faces off against Kyle Freeland, who thrived at his home park in 2018.

Eflin is 6-10 with a 5.80 ERA in road games since 2016, which contrasts sharply with his 9-8 record and 4.38 ERA at home during the same span. Colorado's hitters will be thankful to play at Coors Field for just the sixth time this season after starting 6-12.

Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story have held their own, with .853 and .839 OPS, respectively, but guys like Charlie Blackmon (.636 OPS) and Ian Desmond (.564 OPS) floundered during their road-heavy schedule.

Freeland went 10-2 with a 2.40 ERA and allowed an opponent batting average of .228 at home last season. Bryce Harper is a mediocre 2-for-8 lifetime against him.

MLB Free Play: Rockies moneyline