Colorado Rockies (68-78) vs. Washington Nationals (60-86)
September 17, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Washington Nationals -121 / Colorado Rockies +111; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Colorado Rockies and the Washington Nationals meet in MLB action from Nationals Park on Friday night.
The Colorado Rockies come into this game rested after having their series finale with Atlanta postponed following their 3-2 win over the Braves from Wednesday night. Charlie Blackmon, Raimel Tapia and Antonio Senzatela each had an RBI to make up the scoring for the Rockies in the winning effort while Brendan Rodgers, Trevor Story, Sam Hilliard and Colton Welker each had a base hit as well to finish off the offense for the Rockies as Colorado had just five hits as a team in the winning effort. Senzatela allowed two runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts over six innings of work in the start, not factoring in the decision. Carlos Estevez got the win in relief to improve to 3-4 on the year while Robert Stephenson closed the 9th for his 1st save. German Marquez will start here and is 12-10 with a 3.93 ERA and 167 strikeouts this season.
The Washington Nationals will attempt to rebound from an 8-6 loss at the hands of Miami in their last matchup. Lane Thomas led the Nats with two hits with a double and two RBIs while Josh Bell had three hits with a solo home run and a double. Alcides Escobar had four hits with an RBI while Juan Soto and Riley Adams each had RBIs as well to cap off the scoring for Washington in the win. Jordy Mercer had a pair of hits with a double and Tadiel Hernandez added a pair of hits of his own to finish off the offense for the Nationals in defeat. Josh Rogers threw five innings of one hit shutout ball with six strikeouts in the start, not factoring in the decision. Kyle Finnegan took the loss in relief to fall to 5-7 on the year. Josiah Gray will start here and is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season.
Colorado is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 26-59 in their last 85 road games while the under is 2-0-2 in their last 4 games against the NL East. Washington is 15-37 in their last 52 games overall and 5-15 in their last 20 home games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 Friday games.
I get the case that could be made for the Nationals, but realistically, the Nationals are just playing out the string while seeing what they have for the future. Colorado has an outside chance at finishing near .500 which would be an achievement in itself for this team given how poorly they looked on the road at times, and the Rockies looked really good in grinding out wins from a playoff team in Atlanta. I think you have to back the Rockies here as more of a fade from Washington than anything else.