Rockies vs. Nationals Game 2 Picks: Bet the Total

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 1:09 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014 1:09 PM UTC

The Washington Nationals are expecting to score a lot of runs with the return of Bryce Harper to the lineup, which is definitely the case when facing a struggling Colorado Rockies’ starting rotation.  Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting lines for this National League affair.

Slip, sliding away
Colorado closed out the month of June by dropping 12 of its last 14 games, including a 7-3 setback to Washington as +221 road underdogs Monday, while going over the betting total for the sixth time in seven contests.

The Rockies are going to have a difficult time turning things around this summer, especially with their starters compiling a 7.73 ERA in their last 15 affairs.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is a forgettable 17-33 during this particular month on the calendar.

Four or more
It’s a pretty simple formula for Bryce Harper and Co., as Washington has compiled a dominating 36-3 record when scoring four or more runs during the 2014 campaign.

Harper went 1 for 3 with an RBI in his return from a 57-game absence with a thumb injury, while shortstop Ian Desmond has batted .472 during a 10-game hitting streak in this series.

Sports bettors will find that the club is 5-3 as home favorites of -250 to -330 the last two-plus seasons, with the 'over' cashing in six of those eight opportunities.

Rockies starting pitcher Christian Friedrich (0-2, 8.10 ERA) has dropped his first two outings this season, including a 7-4 road defeat to the Milwaukee Brewers last week, as he surrendered five runs and nine hits over four innings of work.

The left-hander began the year at Triple-A Colorado Springs—going 1-8 with a 7.89 ERA.

Friedrich was handed a 12-5 home loss in his only career appearance versus the Nationals on June 26, 2012—allowing four runs on nine hits over 4.1 frames.

Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (6-6, 3.70 ERA) has watched the club drop his last three efforts, including a 9-2 setback on the road to the Brewers last Wednesday, as he surrendered a season-high seven runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings.

The right-hander is 5-1 with a 2.51 ERA in nine home outings—issuing 11 free passes and striking out 76 batters in 57.1 combined frames.

Strasburg has tallied a 1-2 record and 2.84 ERA in three lifetime starts versus the Rockies.

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks, as the 'over' is 13-3-1 in the Rockies’ last 17 road games.

Free MLB Pick: Over 7.5 runs

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