In the last of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (57-52) and the Colorado Rockies (46-62) at Nationals Park, Max Scherzer (11-8, 2.31 ERA) and Yohan Flande (2-1, 3.54 ERA) take the mound. The Nationals won the last game 6-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 9 and will air on RTRM and MASN.
In his last start, Scherzer pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out nine and walking three in a 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks. Bryce Harper (.337, 76 Rs, 29 HRs, 69 RBIs, 4 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs. The Rockies were victorious the last time Flande pitched. He tossed 1.0 innings, allowing zero runs and walking one in a 7-5 victory over the Mariners. Nolan Arenado (.278, 64 Rs, 27 HRs, 81 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Washington is a heavy -242 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Nationals have a 44-33 record and overall money line at -633. The Nationals come into the game with the fifth-ranked scoring offense in the NL, averaging 4.2 runs per game. The Nationals typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an impressive 3.1 walks per game. Turning to the pitching staff, the Nationals are the best in the NL in walks allowed, giving up just 2.2 per game.
Switching gears, the Rockies come into this game with a win percentage of .429 when playing as the underdog (33-44) and an overall money line of -991. They sport the top-ranked offense in the NL, averaging 4.6 runs per game. The top hitting team in the NL are the Rockies, who average 9.4 hits per game.
This game will feature Flande (LHP) on the mound against the Nationals, who have a 14-9 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Scherzer will take the mound against the Rockies, who have a 41-44 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Was, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Washington is 27-22, while Colorado is 22-25.
Having scored one run 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 24-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 35-12. The Nationals have a 44-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 15th, Washington is in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 455 this season. Colorado ranks in the top five at fourth with 493.
Ranking 25th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 266 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 339.
When the Nationals hit at least one home run, they are 41-24. When the Rockies hit at least one homer, they have a 41-33 record.