Stephen Strasburg aims for his first career win in Denver where the Washington Nationals are MLB odds chalk in Game 2 of their series with the Colorado Rockies.
Nothing like a trip to Coors Field to wake up an offense. Having scored just 12 runs in their previous six games combined, the Washington Nationals erupted for 15 Tuesday night to take the series opener from the Colorado Rockies.
The victory lifted the Nationals back to .500 and they're once again favored in Wednesday's clash (8:40 PM ET). Stephen Strasburg is up next in the Washington rotation, 5Dimes presently listing the Nats -139 on the morning nickel line. Jorge de la Rosa counters for Colorado, a 10 run total costing a little more at shops monitored by SBR's live baseball odds.
Strasburg Looking For 1st Career Win At Coors
Strasburg has pitched well in two starts off the disabled list for a strained oblique, the big righty combining for 20 strikeouts and three runs allowed in 13 innings. Washington split the two efforts with the loss coming last Thursday in San Francisco and the win taking place five days prior to that at home against the Rockies.
The former San Diego State star is still seeking his first dubya at Coors Field after losing each of his previous two tries (11.1 IP, 7 ER). Jose Reyes, Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu have been thorns in Strasburg's side over the years, the trio combining for a .352 average (12-34) with LeMahieu taking him deep one time.
De La Rosa is pitching in Denver for the first time in about a month, the Rockies splitting his four road assignments since he last appeared at Coors Field. Considering he has a 6.62 ERA in 10 home starts compared to 3.17 in 10 on the road, de la Rosa would probably prefer staying off the Colorado bump for the rest of the season. The southpaw no-decisioned in a 5-4 Rockies win at Nationals Park on August 7, allowing three earned in six innings. He hasn't always been lights out against Washington over the years, Wednesday's clash his 10th against the Nats in his career, but the end results have been good for his teams who are 7-2 along the way while de la Rosa posted a 4.11 ERA.
Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick
Baseball bettors are going to be hard-pressed to find a solid trend to hang their hat on tonight's umpire, Jim Wolf. Totals have gone 11-9-1 O/U/P when the 17-year veteran calls balls and strikes in 2015, and home teams are 11-10. Wolf did have the plate at Coors Field for an 'over' winner earlier this season, his first dish duty on this diamond since 2008, and both of his games involving the Nats skipped past the scoreboard tallies on the baseball betting cards.
A clear evening is in the forecast for Mile High City, temps in the mid-60s for first pitch and only a slight ESE breeze (out to left). This is a nice price on Strasburg, and that's why I'm playing Washington for my free MLB pick.
MLB Pick: Nationals -139 at 5Dimes