Washington Nationals vs. Colorado Rockies - 8/26/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Rockies (60-67) at Washington Nationals (73-53)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 26, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Jeff Hoffman (0-1) (13.50) vs. G Gonzalez (8-9) (4.30)
The Line: Washington Nationals -180 / Colorado Rockies +170 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: MAS2, RTRM
Coming up on Friday, the Colorado Rockies and the Washington Nationals will be kicking off their weekend series at Nationals Park.
The Rockies are coming off a long set with the Brewers. Colorado lost all three games of that series.
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As for the Nationals, they played the Orioles this week. Washington also dropped their first three games before Thursday’s 4-0 victory that prevented the sweep.
Taking the mound for the Rockies on Friday will be RHP Jeff Hoffman. In his lone MLB start, Hoffman was beat up for seven hits and seven runs in four innings against the Cubs. That gives Hoffman a 13.50 ERA, an 0-1 record and a 2.00 WHIP.
As you might expect, Colorado has lots of big swingers on their roster. DJ LeMahieu leads the way on 151 hits with 84 runs and 50 RBI. Charlie Blackmon has hit 143 times with 85 runs, 21 homers and 60 RBI. Carlos Gonzalez has 142 hits with 74 runs, 23 homers and 80 RBI.
The Nationals will be bringing out lefty Gio Gonzalez on Friday. In his 25 games and 8-9 record this year, Gonzalez has put up a 4.30 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP in 142.1 innings. Gonzalez logged a no-decision his last time out in Atlanta, going 5.2 innings with six hits and three earned.
Washington has a few hitters of note as well. Daniel Murphy has put up 156 hits with 77 runs, 24 homers and 96 RBI. Wilson Ramos holds 123 hits with 53 runs, 19 homers and 67 RBI. Anthony Rendon has managed 124 hits with 75 runs and 60 RBI so far.
The Rockies are 8-3 in their last 11 games following an off day, and 2-5 in their last seven against the NL East. Colorado is also 1-4 in their last five overall, and 1-5 in their last six game ones of a series.
Meanwhile, the Nationals are 6-2 in their last eight Friday games, and 1-4 in their last five overall. Washington is also 1-4 in their last five games on grass and 9-4 in their last 13 against a team with a losing record.
I don’t think the Nationals will have a whole lot of trouble here against Hoffman, but there’s not much to like about this game. I will begrudgingly take Washington.