Colorado Rockies at Washington Nationals
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 24, 2019, 1:05 PM (EDT)|
Washington Nationals / Colorado Rockies -- O/U:
The Colorado Rockies and the Washington Nationals meet in the opening half of a doubleheader in MLB action from Nationals Park on Wednesday.
The Colorado Rockies are in dire need of a bounce back game after losing seven of their last eight games following an 11-1 beatdown loss in game one on Tuesday. Yonder Alonso added a double and an RBI while Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story each had a double as well. Nolan Arenado, Ian Desmond, Ryan McMahon and Garrett Hampson each had a base hit as well in the losing effort for the Rox. Peter Lambert took the loss, falling to 2-2 on the year after giving up three runs on nine hits while striking out eight over 5.1 innings of work. Jon Gray will start the opener and is 9-7 with a 4.11 ERA and 124 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gray is 0-3 with an 8.20 ERA and 18 strikeouts against Washington.
The Washington Nationals will look to keep the momentum going after a blowout win in the series opener on Tuesday. Trea Turner led the charge by hitting for the cycle, going 4 for 5 with a homer, a triple, a double and two RBIs while Anthony Rendon, Matt Adams and Gerardo Parra each had two RBIs as well with Rendon adding a double. Victor Robles and Yan Gomes each contributed an RBI as well while Adam Eaton and Brian Dozier each had a double with Eaton going 2 for 4 at the dish. Juan Soto, Andrew Stevenson and Stephen Strasburg each had base hits as well in the victory for the Nats. Strasburg got the win to improve to 13-4 after throwing six shutout innings, giving up just three hits while striking out eight. Erick Fedde will start the opener and is 1-1 with a 3.50 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fedde is 0-2 with a 12.38 ERA and 6 strikeouts against Colorado.
Colorado is 3-14 in their last 17 games overall and 8-3 in Gray’s last 11 starts while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a right-handed starter. Washington is 3-7 in Fedde’s last 10 starts and 21-8 in their last 29 games overall while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 home games. Colorado is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams in Washington.
This could be a chance for Colorado to get on the board given the way that Fedde has been torn apart by the Rockies in his career. However, Gray hasn’t had any success against Washington in his own right and side by side, the Nationals are playing heads and shoulders better baseball than Colorado is right now. This one may be one to avoid altogether, but I can’t go against Washington with the way the Nationals have been playing over the last month.