The Nationals’ pitching has not fared well through its first two games in Denver but will look for some redemption this afternoon as they send their 15-game winner Stephen Strasburg to the mound to face Jon Gray and the Colorado Rockies in the rubber match of a three-game set.
- Strasburg has limited the current Rockies’ lineup to a .196 batting average.
- The Rockies are 5-2 on the runline in their last 7 games after winning as an underdog.
- The Nationals are 7-3 in their last 10 games on the road against the Rockies.
Jon Gray was having a pretty decent time in his first full season in the majors until he got cranked by the Marlins and Phillies his last two starts. Before giving up 14 earned runs in eight combined innings in those games, Gray owned an ERA of 3.77 – it’s now 4.55.
Like his counterpart, Strasburg was also blown up in his last two starts. He, however, still owns a 3.07 ERA and a 15-3 record and has performed well when he’s visited Coors field in the past. In his last two starts in the thin Rocky Mountain air, Stras has gone 1-1 with a 2.92 ERA.
This is not the day to go with the underdog. Our computer has the Nats winning and they’ve done so in 22 of Strasburg’s last 26 starts. A runline bet on Washington may be the way to go this afternoon.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Those betting on the visitors in this one found the Washington Nationals listed as favorites of -163 at most sportsbooks, including Bodog. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 10.5, check for odds updates at MyBookie.
Odds – Shark
computer prediction formulas pick a 5.6-5.2 win for the Nationals on Wednesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.
Washington Nationals vs Colorado Rockies Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
57-63 Colorado battles the Nationals, currently with a 70-48 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Colorado vs Washington injuries news.
The Odds – Shark
MLB Power Rankings have the Colorado Rockies at No. 7 and the Washington Nationals at No. 4 heading into this contest.
The game also pits Colorado Rockies No. 2-rated offense, averaging 5.23 runs per game, against a Washington Nationals defense that ranks No. 2 at 3.55 in runs allowed per game. The Colorado Rockies have averaged 9.41 hits per game so far, more than Washington Nationals batters have averaged on the year (8.58 hits per game).
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Colorado has the No. 27-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Nationals own the No. 2 mark in runs allowed.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Washington looks to rebound from a loss to the Rockies, who beat them 6-2 on Tuesday behind a start from C Bettis at Coors Field.
- Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- Washington is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games
- Washington is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
- Colorado is 16-8 ATS in its last 24 games
- Colorado is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Colorado’s last 6 games
- Colorado is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Washington at Atlanta, Thursday, August 18th
Colorado home to Chicago, Friday, August 19th