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Rockies vs. Nationals - 8/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals (70-47) at Colorado Rockies (56-63)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 8:40 pm (Coors Field)

G Gonzalez (8-9) (4.24) vs. C Bettis (10-6) (5.27)

The Line: Colorado Rockies +126 / Washington Nationals -136 --- Over/Under: 11.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MAS2/RTRM

The Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies play game two of their series Tuesday night.

The Washington Nationals look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 15 games. The Nationals have scored 21 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five straight games. The Washington Nationals offense has picked up as of late, and they’ve won 11 of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 144 hits, Wilson Ramos has 66 RBI and Anthony Rendon has 15 home runs. Gio Gonzalez gets the ball, and he’s 8-9 with a 4.24 ERA and 127 strikeouts this season. Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Rockies.

Rockies vs. Nationals - 8/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Colorado Rockies could use a win after losing eight of their last nine games. The Rockies have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven straight games. The Colorado Rockies have an ERA of 4.87 and have lost 11 of their last 13 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, DJ LeMahieu leads Colorado with 140 hits, Charlie Blackmon has 60 RBI and Carlos Gonzalez has 23 home runs. Chad Bettis takes the hill, and he’s 10-6 with a 5.27 ERA and 105 strikeouts this season. Bettis is 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA and two strikeouts in his career against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 9-1 in their last 10 during game 2 of a series and 1-6 in Gonzalezs last 7 road starts. The Rockies are 28-57 in their last 85 during game 2 of a series and 6-1 in Bettis' last 7 starts. The Nationals are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Colorado.

The Rockies are always worth a look as a dog at home given the way their offense produces. However, the Rockies aren't in great form at all, while the Nats have won 10 of their last 15 games. I have to side with Washington and the cheap price as more of a fade from the slumpping Rockies.

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Washington Nationals -136

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