Colorado Rockies (8-8) at Washington Nationals (7-8)
|Date & Time||Sunday April 15, 2018, 1:35 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Nationals / Colorado Rockies --- Over/Under:
The Colorado Rockies and Washington Nationals meet Sunday in MLB action at Nationals Park.
The Colorado Rockies look for another victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Rockies have allowed eight runs in this series and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Colorado Rockies have lost five of their last six games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, DJ LeMahieu leads the Rockies with 20 hits and eight RBI while Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez have combined for 28 hits and 15 RBI. Tyler Anderson gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 5.65 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. This will be Anderson’s second career game against the Nationals.
The Washington Nationals need a victory here after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Nationals have allowed nine runs in this series and four or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The Washington Nationals have lost seven straight games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Anthony Rendon leads the Nationals with 16 hits and four RBI while Howie Kendrick and Bryce Harper have combined for 29 hits and 13 RBI. Stephen Strasburg gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 2.21 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. Strasburg is 4-4 with a 3.97 ERA and 56 strikeouts in his career against the Rockies.
The Rockies are 4-1 in their last 5 road games, 1-4 in Andersons last 5 road starts and 0-4 in Andersons last 4 Sunday starts. The Nationals are 13-6 in their last 19 Sunday games, 45-20 in Strasburgs last 65 home starts and 48-13 in Strasburgs last 61 starts. The Rockies are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Washington and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Washington.
Anderson has been much better in his last two starts, allowing just 11 hits and two runs in his last 12 innings of work while averaging a strikeout per inning during that span. Strasburg is coming off his best performance of the season in which he shutout the Braves in eight innings, allowing just three hits and striking out eight. I'm not big on laying big prices with the Washington Nationals, who haven't found a consistent groove yet, but the same can be said for the Rockies so far this season as well. Bottom line is Strasburg was really impressive in his last outing and that's encouraging heading into this contest.