Rockies vs. Nationals Prediction

Colorado Rockies vs. Washington Nationals, 4/14/2018 Prediction & Odds

Following their eighth loss of the season, the Washington Nationals will hope Max Scherzer will stop the bleeding when he toes the rubber against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. Will Scherzer lift the Nationals or is Washington headed for another loss?

Game Snapshot & Odds

901 Colorado Rockies at 902 Washington Nationals

Saturday, April 14, 2018

1:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park

TV: ATTR (COL); MSN2 (WSH)

Public Betting Trends

Oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager currently list the Nationals as a -200 favorite. As of this writing, 82% 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.

Gray pounded in second start for Rockies

Jon Gray surrendered seven runs in five innings in a loss to the Padres on Monday. He gave up 10 hits, walked one and struck out six. Gray was undone by a bad fourth inning in which he allowed a three-run homer to Clayton Richard, a solo shot to Carlos Asuaje, and an RBI double to Austin Hedges.

Quotable: "This year and last obviously, they're horses," Carlos Gonzalez said. "They go out there and we feel confident playing behind them knowing that they're going to keep the game the same."

Scherzer coming off two-hitter vs. Braves

Max Scherzer pitched a two-hitter and struck out 10 in the Nationals' 2-0 victory over the Braves last Monday. He also singled and stole his first career base. The game was his fifth career shutout and his first since 2015. Through three starts in 2018, Scherzer owns an incredible 0.90 ERA>

Quotable: "They know what they need to do," manager Dave Martinez said of Washington's hitters. "I don't panic. These guys are going to hit. I know they're going to hit."

MLB Betting Trends

Colorado

The Rockies are 4-1 in their last five games versus the Nationals and 6-1 in their last seven games in D.C.

Washington

The Nationals are 2-9 in their last 10 games overall and 1-4 in their last five games versus the National League West.

Prediction:

I'm not paying top dollar for a Nationals team that is in a pretty good funk, even if their ace is on the mound. I also don't want to fade Scherzer, so let's take a look at the total. The under is 5-1 in the last six meetings between these two teams in Washington and has cashed in four of the last five meetings between these two teams. With Scherzer dealing and the Nationals struggling with the bats, the under is the best bet on the board today.

 

The Pick: Rockies/Nationals under 7.5

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