Eddie Butler (3-8, 5.45 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (46-61) are in Washington to meet Stephen Strasburg (5-5, 5.16 ERA) and the Nationals (56-52) in a game that could be high scoring. This is the second of a three-game series at Nationals Park. The Rockies won the last game 5-4 and Colorado leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 8 and will air on RTRM and MASN.
In his last start, Strasburg pitched 3.2 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out three and walking two in a 9-3 loss to the Giants. Bryce Harper (.334, 74 Rs, 29 HRs, 69 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs and one RBI. The Rockies were unsuccessful the last time Butler pitched. He did not do well, pitching 4.0 innings, allowing seven runs, striking out two and walking one in an 8-7 loss to the Mariners. Nolan Arenado (.277, 63 Rs, 26 HRs, 80 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Rockies, going 3 for 4 yesterday with two runs.
Washington is a heavy -182 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Nationals are 44-33 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -633. The Nationals have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire NL, averaging 4.2 runs 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.
Across the field, the Rockies have a record of 33-44 when they are the underdog and are -991 overall with the money line. They sport the top-ranked offense in the NL, averaging 4.6 runs per game. Colorado is the top hitting team in the NL with an average of 9.4 hits per contest.
The only other game between the two teams went Colorado's way. This game will feature Butler (LHP) on the mound against the Nationals, who have a 14-9 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Rockies will be the right-hander Strasburg. They sport a 41-44 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Was, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Rockies won by a margin of one run. The Nationals are 18-13 in one-run games. The Rockies have a 14-19 record in close games.
The Nationals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rockies have a 21-40 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 6-42. The Nationals have a 9-45 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 12th in home runs, Washington has hit 107 this season. Colorado ranks seventh with 123 home runs.
Ranking first in hits, Colorado has earned 9.42 per game this season. Washington ranks 12th with 8.36 hits.
Ranking 15th, Washington is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.709). Colorado ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .768.
The Rockies are 23-48 when they allow at least one home run. The Nationals perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 21-32 record.