May 3, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies first baseman C.J. Cron (25) watches his ball on a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
- The Nationals face the Rockies on Thursday, May 5
- Colorado is a -135 favorite
- Find the Nationals vs Rockies odds, preview, and picks below
The Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies will wrap up a three-game set on Thursday afternoon with the series finale at Coors Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:10 pm ET.
Washington hands Aaron Sanchez the ball, while the Rockies counter with Antonio Senzatela.
Nationals vs Rockies Odds
|Washington Nationals||+115||+1.5 (-170)||Ov 10.5 (-115)|
|Colorado Rockies||-135||-1.5 (+145)||Un 10.5 (-105)|
Odds as of May 4th at Caesars Sportsbook.
The Rockies are -135 favorites and have gone 10-5 at home prior so far this season.
Washington vs Colorado Probable Pitchers
Pitching has been a massive struggle for the Nats this season and Sanchez is certainly a reason for it. The hard-throwing righty is 1-1 in two starts with a dismal 6.75 ERA, tossing just 9.1 innings thus far. Both of Sanchez’s outings were actually against his former team, the Giants. They lit him up, scoring a total of seven earned runs.
— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) April 30, 2022
Sanchez hasn’t exactly fared that well vs. Colorado in his career either, compiling a 4.37 ERA in four outings. The Rox do possess one of the better lineups in baseball at the moment, therefore he must be sharp.
Sanchez vs Senzatela
Senzatela is currently 2-1 with a respectable 3.66 ERA in four appearances. While he’s managed to limit a lot of the damage, the 27-year-old is getting hit around. Opponents are batting .413 off Senzatela.
#Rockies Antonio Senzatela has six strikeouts through four starts. That’s a 2.75 K/9.
Since 1943, only three starters have ever had a K/9 rate of 3.00 or lower.
The last to do it was Randy Jones in 1976. Oddly enough, he won the NL Cy Young Award for the Padres that year.
— Patrick Lyons (@PatrickDLyons) May 2, 2022
The Venezuelan’s last start was probably his best yet, going 6.1 frames and giving up just one run. Senzatela pitches to contact, striking out just six hitters in 19.2 innings. That being said, he needs to keep the ball down and let his defense work.
Nationals Betting Outlook
Washington cleaned house at the trade deadline last year and by no surprise, they’re at the bottom of the NL East right now with a 9-16 record. The offense has actually looked productive, hitting .249 as a group and scoring 4.2 runs per game. Josh Bell is absolutely raking with a .366 average, while Juan Soto has already smacked five homers.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 4, 2022
It’s the Nats’ pitching staff that is letting them down. They have a 28th worst 4.95 ERA. Every single starter is north of four except for Jon Gray, who boasts a 3.12 ERA.
Rockies Betting Outlook
The Rockies might be just 13-10 but this lineup is thriving in every way imaginable at the dish. Colorado is first in the MLB in average, hits, and OPS. They’re also top-five in essentially every other offensive category. C.J. Cron is leading the way with a .307 average and has also slugged nine bombs already. He’s even at a long +7500 in NL MVP odds. Kris Bryant, Jose Iglesias, Randal Grichuk, and Yonathan Daza are all raking, too.
C.J. Cron hits his 9th HR of the season pic.twitter.com/j1ySKQqSuu
— RoxGifsVids (@RoxGifsVids) May 4, 2022
Just like Washington, it’s the Rockies’ arms who continue to falter. The staff is 27th in ERA (4.61) and has frankly been hit around, with oppositions hitting .279. DC’s lineup is slashing .345 off Senzatela as well, which means this is going to be a tough task for the contact-heavy righty.
Nationals vs Rockies – Last 10 Games
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Nationals vs Rockies Prediction
Both of these pitchers are surrendering their fair share of hits lately and the Nats have scored runs at a premium across the last five days. Given Colorado’s imposing offense as well, I’m liking the over in runs here.
Pick: Over 10.5 Runs (-115)
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