Rockies vs Nationals Prediction - MLB Picks 7/24/23

Washington Nationals (41-58) vs Colorado Rockies (39-60)

Game Info: Monday, July 24, 2023 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)

Patrick Corbin (6-10) (4.97) vs Jake Bird (2-1) (4.03)

Betting Odds: Washington Nationals / Colorado Rockies --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Colorado Rockies will play the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of their series on Monday night at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. These two teams have struggled for the majority of this season, but they both come into this series with some momentum after getting a series win over the weekend. 

Rockies Preview

The Colorado Rockies are 39-60 this season and they have won five of their last eight games. Colorado is coming off of a series win in Miami, where they won two out of the three games. The Rockies also split a two game series with Houston and won two out of three against the Yankees in recent series. The Colorado pitching staff has a 5.50 ERA, a 1.52 WHIP, and a .281 opponent batting average this season. The Rockies offense has scored 428 runs with a .250 batting average and a .311 on base percentage. Elias Diaz is batting .266 with 10 home runs and 46 RBI’s for the Rockies. The projected starting pitcher for Colorado is Jake Bird, who is 2-1 with a 4.03 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP over 58.0 innings pitched this year. 

Nationals Preview

The Washington Nationals are 41-58 this season and they have won three games in a row. Washington is coming off of a series win against the Giants, where they won all three games and out scored San Francisco by a score of 21-5 in the series. The Washington pitching staff has a 4.92 ERA, a 1.49 WHIP, and a .273 opponent batting average. The Nationals offense has scored 424 runs with a .262 batting average and a .319 on base percentage this year. Lane Thomas is batting .295 with 16 home runs and 54 RBI’s for the Nationals. The projected starting pitcher for Washington is Patrick Corbin, who is 6-10 with a 4.89 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP over 114.0 innings pitched this season.

Washington Nationals Team Facts

  • The Nationals have lost each of their last seven games as home favourites against National League opponents.
  • The Nationals have failed to cover the run line in each of their last seven games as home favourites against National League opponents.
  • The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Nationals' last five games as favourites against NL West opponents.
  • The Nationals have trailed after 3 innings in five of their last six games as home favourites against National League opponents.
  • The Nationals have led after 7 innings in each of their last five games at Nationals Park.

Colorado Rockies Team Facts

  • The Rockies have won each of their last six night games following a loss.
  • The Rockies have covered the run line in seven of their last eight night games following a loss.
  • The Rockies have trailed after 7 innings in each of their last four night games against National League opponents that held a losing record.
  • The Rockies have lost the first inning in each of their last five games against opponents that held a winning record at Nationals Park.
  • The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Rockies' last five night games.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Washington Nationals ranks 29th in the league for strikeouts this season (740).
  • The Washington Nationals ranks 29th in the league for opponent batting average this season (.273).
  • The Colorado Rockies ranks 30th in the league for opponent batting average this season (.281).
  • The Colorado Rockies ranks 30th in the league for hits allowed this season (946).

Pick

The Rockies have one of the worst records in the National League, but they have played very well in their last eight games. Washington is only a couple of games better than Colorado in the standings, but they were able to get a huge series sweep against the Giants over the weekend. Colorado is starting Jake Bird, who will operate as an opener. Washington is starting Patrick Corbin, who has allowed 3, 1, 6, 0, and 7 earned runs over his last five starts. I don’t trust either of these pitching staffs, but I am going to go with Colorado in this game. The Rockies have played well against Miami, Houston, and the Yankees and I like that to continue here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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