Wind Helps Blow Rockies and Nationals ‘Over’ in DC

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Willie Bee

Thursday, April 12, 2018 12:01 PM GMT

Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018 12:01 PM GMT

Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals are pronounced home favorites on the MLB odds in Thursday series opener against the Colorado Rockies.

Colorado Rockies (6-7 SU, 6-6-1 O/U) at Washington Nationals (6-6 SU, 5-5-2 O/U)Free MLB Pick: Over 9Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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A long homestand for the Nationals concludes with a long weekend set against the Rockies, and we should expect to see a bit of urgency on the part of both Washington and Colorado as they chase their respective NL division leaders from the middle of two packs in the East and West, each struggling to maintain .500 records.

The first of four games in the nation’s capital gets underway Thursday, Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 1.59) delivering the game’s first pitch at 7:05 PM (ET) and Colorado’s Chad Bettis (1-0, 2.53) following him to the bump in the bottom of the first. A quick glance at the MLB odds board finds Washington substantial chalk in the -170s, most shops carrying a 9-run total after the scoreboard target opened a half-run lower.

Nats 4-1 When Gio Goes Against Rocks

Colorado traveled three time zones to begin this road trip following a 2-4 homestand, losing a pair of series to the Braves and Padres. Bettis has made two starts so far, both going into the win column for the Rockies with the right-hander combining to pitch 10.2 innings against the Padres and Braves while allowing three earned runs. This will be just his second career start in DC, the other assignment in August 2016 in a fine performance for the dubya (7 IP, 2 ER).

Washington was swept by the Mets to begin this homestand, but turned around to take 2 of 3 from the Braves, just missing a sweep in a 12-inning loss on Wednesday. Gonzalez took a no-decision in one of the losses to New York last weekend, pitching into the sixth and leaving with the game knotted a run apiece. That effort followed a fine season debut in Cincinnati (6 IP, 1 ER, 7 K) to cash as -128 chalk at 5Dimes. Since joining the Nats in 2012, the southpaw is 4-0 in five starts against the Rockies, pitching to a 3.57 ERA in those outings.

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Rivalry Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Colorado has the series lead (107-83) dating back to when the Nationals played in Montreal, and Washington is one of only a few cities in which the Rockies have a winning road record (27-16). Washington has been cutting into Colorado’s overall lead, however, winning 20 of the last 36 with the clubs splitting the last 16 in the nation’s capital. Totals have also halved the last six played at Nationals Park.

Clear skies and a low 70s reading on the thermometer are expected for the start of tonight’s game, along with a 15-20 mph SSW blow (out to left center). How much will that wind factor into the outcome? Enough, I believe, to go with a free baseball pick on the ‘over.’

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