Washington Nationals at Colorado Rockies Free Preview

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The Washington Nationals will be taking on the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. This NL showdown will get underway at 3:10 p.m. ET and fans looking to watch it can tune in to Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

Washington Nationals vs. Colorado Rockies Odds

The Rockies are 90-71 straight up (SU) and 85-75 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 20.8 units for moneyline bettors and 9.4 units (ATS). The Nationals have gone 82-79 SU this year and are 76-84 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 25.3 units for moneyline bettors and 11.8 units ATS.

Colorado games have a 67-86-7 over/under record in 2018. Washington has also been a decent under bet with a total record of 75-82-3.

The right-handed Erick Fedde is projected to start for Washington. Fedde is 2-3 with a 5.24 ERA and 43 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rockies this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-1, 15.75 ERA and three strikeouts over four innings).

The Rockies will turn to lefty Tyler Anderson (6-9, 4.76 ERA) to the mound. Anderson has 159 strikeouts and 56 walks to his credit, as well as a 1.29 WHIP. Anderson is 0-0 with six strikeouts and a 1.93 ERA in one start against Washington this year.

Colorado’s pitchers have given up 4.6 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starters have a 4.21 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.64 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 9.1 K/9.

The Colorado offense is putting up 4.8 runs per outing, including 6.1 per game over its last 10 games and 7.2 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .304/.360/.649 over its last five matchups and is 4-1 SU during that span.

Right fielder Charlie Blackmon and third baseman Nolan Arenado have led the Rockies’ hitters this year. Blackmon is slashing .285/.353/.489 with 28 home runs, 67 RBIs and 116 runs scored, and Arenado’s line sits at .296/.373/.548 with 35 homers, 106 RBIs and 101 runs.

In the other dugout, Washington’s pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starters own a 4.01 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 9.02 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.95, along with a WHIP of 1.24.

Nationals hitters have slashed .255/.337/.419 on their way to 4.8 runs scored per game in 2018, including 6.1 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 7.8 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).

Washington’s hitters have been paced by shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon. The speedy Turner is slashing .271/.345/.417 with 19 home runs, 73 RBIs, 103 runs and 43 stolen bases. Rendon (.310/.374/.538) is up to 24 homers, 92 RBIs and 88 runs scored.

Washington Nationals vs. Colorado Rockies MLB Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Rockies, ATS Winner – Nationals, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • Washington has tallied 23 extra-base hits over its last five games. Colorado has 28 XBH over its last five.
  • The Nationals have won four of their last five games SU.
  • Washington has posted 26.9 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 32.6 over its last five.
  • The Nationals have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.