Rockies vs. Nationals - 8/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (70-48) at Colorado Rockies (57-63)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 3:10 pm (Coors Field)
S Strasburg (15-3) (3.07) vs. Jon Gray (8-6) (4.62)
The Line: Colorado Rockies +138 / Washington Nationals -163 --- Over/Under: 10.5 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies play a rubber game Wednesday afternoon.
The Washington Nationals haven’t lost back-to-back games since the end of July. The Nationals have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 13 games. The Washington Nationals offense continues to produce, and they’ve won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 146 hits, Wilson Ramos has 67 RBI and Jayson Werth has 16 home runs. Stephen Strasburg gets the ball, and he’s 15-3 with a 3.07 ERA and 176 strikeouts this season. Strasburg is 4-3 with a 2.35 ERA and 53 strikeouts in his career against the Rockies.
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The Colorado Rockies haven’t won two straight games since August 2-3. The Rockies have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Colorado Rockies offense has been hot even in losses, and they’ve lost six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. DJ LeMahieu leads Colorado with 143 hits, Charlie Blackmon has 60 RBI and Carlos Gonzalez has 23 home runs. Jon Gray takes the hill, and he’s 8-6 with a 4.55 ERA and 129 strikeouts this season. This will be Gray’s first career game against the Nationals.
The Nationals are 51-22 in their last 73 Wednesday games and 39-16 in Strasburgs last 55 starts. The Rockies are 0-4 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series and 1-5 in Grays last 6 starts vs. National League East. The Nationals are 4-1 in Strasburgs last 5 starts vs. Rockies.
The Rockies can never be counted out when playing at Coors Field, and Strasburg has allowed 10 runs in his last 10 innings of work. There's a lot of value with the plus money and the home team, so that's the side I'm going with here.