Chad Bettis (10-6, 5.27 ERA) and Gio Gonzalez (8-9, 4.24 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Colorado Rockies (56-63) and the Washington Nationals (70-47) at Coors Field. The Nationals won the last game 5-4, and Washington leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 16 and can be seen on MAS2 and RTRM.
Bettis pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs, striking out two and walking three in a 12-9 win over the Rangers. Trevor Story (.272, 67 Rs, 27 HRs, 72 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one RBI. Gonzalez went 5.0 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out five and walking one in a 7-4 win over the Indians in his last outing. Bryce Harper (.240, 61 Rs, 20 HRs, 59 RBIs, 15 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 3 for 3 yesterday with one RBI.
In their last game, the Nationals won by a margin of one run. The Rockies are 8-17 in one-run games. The Nationals have an 18-13 record in close games.
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 an 11-5 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 three games while the Rockies have lost their last four.
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 556 this season. Colorado ranks in the top five at second with 622.
Ranking eighth, Washington is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.761). Colorado ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .796.
When the Nationals allow at least one home run, they are 40-36. When the Rockies allow one or more homers, they have a 28-49 record.