Rockies vs. Nationals Prediction
Following a testy series finale against the Padres on Wednesday night, the Colorado Rockies will take on the Washington Nationals on Thursday. Will Game 1 of the series turn into a low-scoring event for bettors?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, April 12, 2018
7:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park
TV: ATTR (COL); MASN (WSH)
Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager currently list the Nationals as a -177 favorite. As of this writing, 56% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Nationals to beat the Rockies on the money line. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Arenado ejected for charging the mound on Wednesday
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was ejected for charging the mound on Wednesday in the Rockies' win over the Padres. Manuel Margot landed on the disabled list after taking a pitch off his ribs during a game between the two teams on Tuesday. Apparently, Luis Perdomo threw a pitch behind Arenado to begin the third inning as retaliation for the rib-check to Margot and Arenado charged the mound. After throwing several punches at Perdomo (none of which hit their target), Arenado was ejected.
Meanwhile, DJ LeMahieu finished with three hits in the game, singling twice and hitting a double in the victory. He scored his lone run in the sixth inning on a sac fly by Ian Desmond. LeMahieu is off to a strong start with two home runs and a .308 average through 13 appearances. Wednesday was the second baseman's sixth multi-hit game of his career.
Gonzalez dominant in the early going for Nationals
Gio Gonzalez will toe the rubber for the Nationals on Thursday night. He allowed just one run on six hits over 5 1/3 innings of work while taking a no-decision in a loss to the Mets last Saturday. He struck out six and walked three in the game. Gonzalez has allowed just one run in each of his first two starts of the season.
Matt Adams blasted his second home run of the season in the Nationals' loss to the Braves. He tied the game at two by hitting a solo home run off closer Arodys Vizcaino in the ninth. That was his only hit in the game, although he did reach on a walk in the second inning.
MLB Betting Trends
The Rockies are 4-1 in their last five games against the Nationals in Washington.
The Nationals are 4-1 in Gonzalez's last five starts against the Rockies.
Neither of these teams is hitting to start the season. The under has cashed in four of the Rockies' last five games, all of which came at Coors Field where the ball usually flies. On the other side, the under is 4-1 in the Nationals' last five games and has hit in all three of Washington's last three games. Until these teams start cranking up their offenses, I'll continue to ride the under.
The Pick: ROCKIES/NATIONALS UNDER 8.5