The Colorado Rockies will be squaring off against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will be televising this NL matchup. The opening pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. ET.
Colorado Rockies vs. Washington Nationals Odds
Colorado (+182) is entering this game as the underdog against Washington (-195) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this one at 7.5 runs. Odds for betting on the games total sit at -120 for the under and +100 for the over. Gamblers can also bet on the games runline with the most recent odds standing at -120 for the Rockies +1.5 runs and +100 for the Nationals -1.5.
The Rockies are 8-8 SU and have gone 8-7 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 0.6 units for gamblers taking the moneyline over the early portions of the season and 2.3 units ATS. The Nationals are 7-8 SU and 5-9 ATS. They’ve lost 7.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 4.2 units ATS.
Washington games have a 5-7-2 over/under record thus far in 2018. Colorado has an over/under record of 6-8-1.
The Rockies have gained 3.6 units and are 4-3 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in three of those games, compared to four that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Nationals have lost 2.4 units and are 1-2 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in zero of those games, compared to two that’ve cashed the under.
Tyler Anderson is getting the nod for the visiting Rockies. The southpaw Anderson is 0-0 with a 5.65 ERA and 15 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Nationals this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-0, 6.35 ERA and five strikeouts over 5.2 innings).
The Nationals are putting the ball in the hands of righty Stephen Strasburg (2-1, 2.21 ERA), who’s got 21 strikeouts and five walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.03. Strasburg did not record a start against the Rockies in 2017.
As a unit, Washington’s pitching staff has given up 4.3 runs per game overall this year. The teams starters have an ERA of 3.18, a WHIP of 1.08 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 10.5. The bullpen has a 4.66 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 11.5 K/9.
Washington’s offense is putting up 4.1 runs per contest, including 2.7 per game over its last 10 games and 3.0 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .229/.293/.337 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.
The Nationals hitters have been led by outfielders Bryce Harper and Adam Eaton. Harper is hitting .292/.456/.688 with 14 hits, six homers, 13 RBIs and 14 runs scored, and Eaton’s line is .345/.424/.655 with 10 hits, five RBIs and 10 runs.
Harper saw a minor decline in production against lefty pitching at home last season. In 69 such plate appearances, he slashed .295/.362/.328 (his overall season line was .317/.411/.596).
For the visiting squad, Colorado’s pitching staff allowed 4.4 runs per game and its starters own a 4.70 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 8.20 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.84, along with a WHIP of 1.46.
Rockies hitters have slashed .220/.291/.384 on their way to 3.8 runs scored per game in 2018, including 3.2 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.4 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).
Colorado’s offense has been led by second baseman DJ LeMahieu and right fielder Charlie Blackmon. LeMahieu is hitting .308/.375/.569 with 20 hits, eight RBIs and nine runs scored, while Blackmon is hitting .279/.380/.674 with 12 hits, five homers, eight RBIs and 10 runs scored.
Compared to his total season slash line of .331/.399/.601, Blackmon didn’t seem to enjoy hitting against right-handed pitching on the road last year, maintaining a slash line of .284/.346/.476 across 254 such plate appearances.
Colorado Rockies vs. Washington Nationals Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Nationals, ATS Winner – Rockies, O/U – OVER
- The over has cashed in just one of Colorado’s last seven games.
- Washington has recorded 17.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 18.2 over its last five.
- The Rockies have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games. The Nationals have hit five over their last 10.