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Colorado Rockies vs. Washington Nationals - 4/22/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Nationals at Colorado Rockies
Date & Time Monday April 22, 2019, 8:40 PM (EDT)
Location
Coors Field
Denver, CO
The Line
Colorado Rockies / Washington Nationals -- O/U:
TV Channel
MASN2
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The Washington Nationals and the Colorado Rockies meet in the opener of a three game MLB set in baseball action from Coors Field on Monday night.

The Washington Nationals will look to build up some momentum after salvaging a win in their series with Miami, avoiding a sweep at the hands of Miami with a 5-0 win in the series finale on Sunday. Ryan Zimmerman led the Nats with a pair of solo home runs while Brian Dozier had a solo shot of his own. Howie Kendrick and Wilmer Difo each had an RBI to round out Washington’s scoring in the win while Adam Eaton and Kurt Suzuki each had two hits with Suzuki chipping in a double. Victor Robles added a base hit of his own to cap off Washington’s offense in the winning effort. Stephen Strasburg got the win to improve to 2-1 after tossing eight shutout innings, giving up just two hits while striking out 11. Jeremy Hellickson will start game one and is 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA and 6 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hellickson is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA and 8 strikeouts against Colorado.

The Colorado Rockies will look to keep their momentum going after winning their series with Philadelphia, including a 4-1 win over the Phillies in the series finale on Sunday. Tony Wolters led the Rockies by going 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs while Ian Desmond and Trevor Story each had an RBI. Charlie Blackmon went 3 for 4 with a triple and Nolan Arenado had two hits while David Dahl chipped in a base knock of his own as well in the victory. Jon Gray got the win after tossing six shutout innings, allowing just one hit while walking four and striking out five to improve to 2-3 this season. Tyler Anderson will start game one and is 0-2 with an 11.00 ERA and 5 strikeouts this season. In his career, Anderson is 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA and 16 strikeouts against Washington.

Washington is 8-1 in Hellickson’s last 9 starts against a team with a losing record and 3-8 in their last 11 Monday games while the under is 10-1 in Hellickson’s last 11 road starts. Colorado is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 2-7 in their last 9 home games while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games against a right-handed starter. Washington is 2-5 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

My initial thought was to go with Colorado because of how the Rockies have stepped up their play as of late. However, Colorado announced that Anderson was starting and that changed my tune very quickly. Anderson's given up 11 runs in just nine innings this season and is coming off of the IL for this start. Washington still has a lineup that can hang with a lot of teams offensively, and Hellickson has been pitching well out of the gate. I'll side with Washington to draw first blood on Monday.

Pick:
Washington Nationals TBA

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