Max Scherzer (11-9, 2.73 ERA) is on the hill for the Washington Nationals (59-59) as they square off against Yohan Flande (2-1, 4.19 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (48-69) in the last of a three-game series at Coors Field. The Nationals won the last game 4-1 and Washington leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 20 and can be seen on RTRM and MAS2.
Flande pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out four and walking one in a 9-5 defeat to the Padres. Nolan Arenado (.282, 68 Rs, 29 HRs, 87 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run and one RBI. Scherzer went 3.0 innings, surrendering six runs and striking out three in an 8-5 defeat to the Giants in his last outing.
Washington is favored (-189) over Colorado and the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at 10 runs. The Rockies have recorded an overall money line of -1,473 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 34-51. Colorado has recorded a disappointing 1-7 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The Rockies have no trouble scoring as they lead the NL in home offense with 5.5 runs per home game. The Rockies lead the NL in hits at home with an impressive 10.6 per game.
In games where it is the favorite, Washington has a 46-36 record and an overall money line of -1,255. Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is third in the NL. Washington is excellent at drawing walks with 3.1 per game, ranking third in the NL. The Nationals allow 4.0 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 5.2 runs per game during that span. When it comes to issuing walks, the Nationals have the fewest in the NL with only 2.2 walks allowed per game.
The Rockies have a 43-51 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Scherzer takes the mound. Flande (LHP) will be on the hill against the Nationals, who have a 15-12 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Was, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against the Washington, the Rockies now have three shutouts this season. The Nationals have been shut out in nine games this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Rockies are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Nationals have a 9-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 6-49. The Nationals have a 9-51 record when opponents outhit them.
Washington ranks in the top half of the league at 11th when it comes to home runs, hitting 118 this season. Colorado ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 135.
Ranking 12th, Washington is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.35 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at third with 9.23.
Ranking 17th, Washington is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.709). Colorado ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .760.
The Nationals are 24-36 when they allow at least one home run. The Rockies perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 24-53 record.