David Hale (3-4, 5.69 ERA) and Jordan Zimmermann (8-8, 3.34 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Colorado Rockies (48-68) and the Washington Nationals (58-59) at Coors Field. The Nationals come into this series in the midst of a six-game losing streak. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 18 and can be seen on RTRM and MAS2.
Hale pitched 1.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs in a 5-3 win over the Braves. Carlos Gonzalez (.270, 63 Rs, 27 HRs, 67 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Zimmermann went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out nine and walking one in a 3-0 defeat to the Dodgers in his most recent start.
The odds for Colorado and Washington are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. The Rockies have no trouble scoring as they lead the NL in home offense with 5.5 runs per home game. The Rockies are one of the best in the NL in terms of hits with a phenomenal 9.2 per game.
Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is fifth in the NL. Washington is excellent at drawing walks with 3.0 per game, ranking fifth in the NL. The Nationals allow 4.0 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 5.1 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 lead the season series, 2-1. The Rockies have a 43-50 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Zimmermann takes the mound. Hale (RHP) will be on the hill against the Nationals, who have a 43-47 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Was
After last game's shutout win against the San Diego, the Rockies now have three shutouts this season. The Nationals have been shut out in nine games this season.
The Rockies are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Nationals have a 6-21 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 6-48. 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 117 this season. Colorado ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 132.
Ranking 12th, Washington is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.29 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at third with 9.20.
Ranking 18th, Washington is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.705). Colorado ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .757.
When the Nationals allow at least one home run, they are 23-36, well-matched with the Rockies who are 24-52 when allowing at least one homer.