Rockies vs. Nationals Odds Favor Home Team for a Reason

Jeff Grant

Monday, June 30, 2014 12:55 PM GMT

The Washington Nationals are expected to welcome back phenom Bryce Harper to the lineup Monday night, but he’s not the main reason they’ve been sent out as high-priced home favorites against the Colorado Rockies.

June gloom
Colorado is a forgettable 8-19 this month, as it has managed to put together just a single win streak (five games) over that period of time, but it does come off a 10-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers as +150 road underdogs Sunday. The Rockies dropped four of seven meetings against the Nationals a year ago, while they’ve gone 9-21 as underdogs of +175 to +200 when playing away from the Mile High City since 2012.

It’s important to point out that the Colorado Rockies are 21-24 when taking on teams with a winning record this season.


Harper returns
Washington enjoyed a rare off-day Sunday, as it now looks to improve upon its 35-3 record when scoring four or more runs this season—a number that should be reached in this affair due to the return of its young phenom. 

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper batted .643 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in five Minor League rehab games—working his way back from a thumb injury that has sidelines him since late April.

MLB handicappers will find that the Washington Nationals are a money-making 10-2 at home favorites of -175 to -225 during the 2014 campaign.


Flande
Rockies starting pitcher Yohan Flande (0-0, 7.20 ERA) is set to make his second career appearance as a professional, as he didn’t factor into the decision of a 9-6 setback at home to the St. Louis Cardinals last week.

The left-hander is motivated to stay up at this level, considering he waited 10 years in the Minors for this opportunity.

Flande is the 12th different player to land in Colorado’s starting rotation in this injury-riddled season.


Zimmermann
Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (5-4, 2.95 ERA) will look to snap a personal two-game losing streak, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 4-2 road win over the Milwaukee Brewers in his last trip to the mound—surrendering two runs and six hits over six frames.

The right-hander is 2-2 with a 3.26 ERA in nine home efforts, with opposing hitters batting .289 against him (.227 on the road).

In six lifetime starts versus the Rockies, Zimmermann has registered a formidable 4-0 record and 1.42 ERA.


Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Nationals as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve garnered a 19-7 record in Zimmermann’s last 26 home starts versus teams with a losing record.

Free MLB Pick: Washington Nationals 

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