The Washington Nationals (1-5) and the Colorado Rockies (2-4) will open up a four-game series on Thursday afternoon. The Rockies are amid a four-game slide, most recently getting swept in a two-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Washington has lost three in a row, including getting swept at home by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Washington Nationals vs. Colorado Rockies: Betting Odds
Odds are courtesy of BetMGM Sportsbook
Fixture: Washington Nationals @ Colorado Rockies
Date and Time: Thursday, April 6, 4:10 p.m. ET
Venue: Coors Field in Denver, Colorado
Washington Nationals vs. Colorado Rockies: Pitching Matchup
Josiah Gray will make his second start of the season for the Washington Nationals. He surrendered five runs on seven hits against the Braves last week, including two solo home runs to Ronald Acuna Jr. and Matt Olson. The long ball has been a massive obstacle of Gray’s since breaking into the MLB in 2021. He allowed a league-worst 38 home runs last season in just 148.2 innings.
The former Dodgers’ top prospect turned National in the Trea Turner deal is 2-0 with a 5.03 ERA against the Colorado Rockies. He’s pitched once at Coors Field, tossing 5.1 innings of three-run ball. Gray is also much more comfortable pitching during the day, evident by his 4.04 ERA in said games.
Opposite Josiah Gray will be Rockies lefty Kyle Freeland. The seven-year vet was near perfect in his season debut, spinning six shutout innings against a dangerous San Diego Padres lineup. Freeland went 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA in 2018 but has yet to come close to replicating those numbers ever since. He will look to improve on his 4.53 ERA and 1.408 WHIP from 2022.
The lifelong Rockie is 28-24 with a 4.77 ERA at home compared to 22-27 with a 3.72 ERA on the road. However, despite a 1.550 WHIP against the Washington Nationals, he is 4-2 with a 2.70 ERA against the NL East club. Freeland is 7-12 with a 4.19 ERA in the season’s first month.
Nationals vs. Rockies: Betting Prediction
Both these pitchers are pretty decent against each other’s respective clubs. Gray does well against the Rockies, while Freeland has hung tough against the Nationals. Freeland, who spent time with the USA team during the WBC the spring, looks like he will have a bounce-back season, while Gray may finally live up to the top prospect billing. So let’s grab the under in this afternoon tilt.