Lucas Giolito (0-0, 4.91 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (75-54) meet Chad Bettis (10-7, 5.29 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (61-68) in the last of a three-game series at Nationals Park. The Rockies won the last game 9-4, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 28 and will air on MAS2 and RTRM.
In his last start, Giolito pitched 3.1 innings, giving up four runs (two unearned) and walking three in a 10-6 loss to the Padres. Daniel Murphy (.346, 80 Rs, 25 HRs, 98 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run. The Rockies were also unsuccessful the last time Bettis pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing four runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking seven in a 4-2 loss to the Brewers. Nolan Arenado (.285, 94 Rs, 34 HRs, 108 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs.
Washington is a heavy -185 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at nine runs. The Nationals perform well as a favorite with a 65-37 record, but haven't fared as well with the overall money line (-240). The Nationals have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire NL, averaging 4.9 runs per game. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, ranking third in the NL with an average of only 7.6 strikeouts per game. Turning to the pitching and defensive side, the Washington pitching staff and defense is very good at home, only giving up 3.6 runs per game. The Nationals are third in the league in WHIP at 1.190. An area where the Nationals are particularly strong at home is striking batters out, where they average an NL-best 9.8 K's per home game.
Switching gears, the Rockies come into this game with a win percentage of .444 when playing as the underdog (36-45) and an overall money line of -134. Colorado is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 454 extra base hits.
In their previous five games this season, the Rockies have a 3-2 record. The Nationals will take on a right-hander (Bettis) in this game and have a 58-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Giolito will take the mound against the Rockies, who have a 46-46 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - WAS, O/U - Over
For the 11th time this season, the Nationals registered at least two errors in a game.
The Nationals managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rockies who are coming in with a 14-10 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 13-46. The Nationals have a 13-31 record when opponents outhit them.
Washington and Colorado both rank in the top 10 of the league in home runs. Washington sits at sixth with 171 home runs this season and Colorado ranks 10th with 164.
Colorado tops the league in hits with 9.38 per game this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.74.
Ranking ninth, Washington is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.766). Colorado ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .796.
The Rockies are 31-53 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Nationals are 42-43 when they allow at least one homer.