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Washington Nationals vs. Colorado Rockies Pick-Odds-Prediction - 7/1/14

Colorado Rockies (36-46) at Washington Nationals (43-38)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Christian Friedrich (L) (0-2) (8.100) vs. Stephen Strasburg (R) (6-6) (3.697)

The Line: Washington Nationals -250 / Colorado Rockies +210 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN, ROOT-Rocky Mountain

The Washington Nationals have their sights set on first in the National League East with another win over the Colorado Rockies.

Colorado has been fading for weeks with neither their arms and bats able to right the ship. That trend continued in a 7-3 defeat at Washington on Monday. The Rockies late inning work on the mound did them in here with Yohan Flande allowing three runs over 5.1 frames before Rob Scahill giving up four more in a five run 6th that blew a 2-1 lead. The Rockies posted nine hits with Troy Tulowitski and Ryan Wheeler knocking in runs. Colorado sends Christian Friedrich to the bump for the third time when he faces Washington on Tuesday. Friedrich has struggled in two outings with an 0-2 record and 8.10 ERA.

Washington Nationals vs. Colorado Rockies Pick-Odds-Prediction - 7/1/14

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Washington is looking to get on another hot streak and avoid another slowdown with the idea of taking over first in the National League East and putting Atlanta in their rear view mirror. Washington logged their third straight win behind strong performances on both the mound and at the plate. Jordan Zimmermann held the Rockies attack in check with a pair of runs plated through six innings to improve to 6-4. The bats totaled nine hits and walked three times with Adam LaRoche clubbing his 12th long ball. Ian Desmond ripped a bases loaded double to drive in three in the Nats five run 5th. The Nationals turn to right hander Stephen Strasburg to the hill to contain the dangerous offense of Colorado. Strasburg is 0-2 in his last three outings with a 7.27 ERA.

I think the obvious choice is Strasburg and the Nationals but I think Strasburg comes up small at times and at the huge chalk this might be another letdown. I think the Nats have all the advantages however and hopefully exploit them...

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