Max Scherzer (12-7, 2.80 ERA), seeking his 200th strikeout of the season, takes the mound for the Washington Nationals (69-47) as they meet Jorge De La Rosa (7-7, 5.25 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (56-62) in the first of a three-game series at Coors Field. The game gets underway at 8:40 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 15 and will air on MASN and RTRM.
In his last start, De La Rosa pitched 5.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out one and walking three in a 5-4 loss to the Rangers. Nolan Arenado (.282, 85 Rs, 30 HRs, 93 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5. The Nationals were also unsuccessful the last time Scherzer pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 7.0 innings, allowing two, striking out 10 and walking one in a 3-1 loss to the Indians. Daniel Murphy (.348, 70 Rs, 22 HRs, 86 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and four RBIs.
Colorado, a +160 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Washington. The matchup currently has a nine-run Over/Under (O/U). The Rockies are 31-40 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -87. Over the last 10 games, they have performed poorly when playing as the underdog (1-4). The Rockies are a dangerous hitting team with 412 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. Colorado's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 6.6 during that span, compared to its 5.1 season average.
Switching to the opposing dugout, the Nationals come into this game with a solid win percentage of .644 when playing as the favorite (58-32) and an overall money line of +45. They sport the fourth-ranked offense in the NL, averaging 4.7 runs per game. Washington is one of the top home-run-hitting teams in the league with 154 home runs. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the Washington batters, who rank fourth in the NL with 7.6 strikeouts per game. Switching gears to Washington's pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.163 on the year, good for third in the league.
The Rockies will take on a right-hander (Scherzer) in this game and have a 42-42 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Nationals will be the left-hander De La Rosa. They sport a 16-11 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS, O/U - Over
For the 17th time this season, the Rockies registered at least two errors in a game.
The Rockies managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Nationals who are coming in with a 10-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Nationals have a slight leg up on the Rockies, as the Nationals have won their last two games while the Rockies have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 43-13. The Nationals have a 52-12 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking eighth, Washington sits in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 551 this season. Colorado ranks in the top five at second with 618.
Colorado and Washington both rank in the top 10 of the league in walks. Colorado sits at 10th with 378 this season and Washington ranks seventh with 399.
When the Rockies hit at least one home run, they are 43-32. When the Nationals hit at least one homer, they have a 55-26 record.