Nationals vs. Rockies Pick – April 26th

The Colorado Rockies and Washington Nationals combined for a staggering 27 runs last night.  Will the fireworks continue in the series finale, or will the pitching regain control?

We notched an MLB winner last night as the Diamondbacks piled it on the hapless Padres in a 9-3 blowout win. I kept my pick conservative, taking the ‘Backs to win, but if you muscled up on the runline you had an even better plus-money evening. Massive run totals were the theme de jour last night in the National League with a whopping four teams averaging at least a run per inning last night as a lot of teams’ bats seem to be heating up along with the weather. The wildest game was the 15-12 Nationals win over the Rockies, where Trea Turner hit for the cycle and the bullpen threatened to blow a massive 15-5 lead.

The highlights of the schedule today include the rubber match of the Cubs vs. Pirates and the Dodgers vs. Giants and a chance to see Jon Lester and Johnny Cueto respectively. And of course, if you need some afternoon action, don’t miss Eric Thames four or five at bats today. The MLB-leader in homeruns has clubbed EIGHT in just SIX GAMES against the Reds and has yet to fail to homer against them in any single game…

Today’s MLB Pick:

Washington Nationals +105 at Colorado Rockies +109 (Total: 11.5)
Tanner Roarke (2-0, 3.65 ERA) vs. Tyler Chatwood (2-2, 4.10 ERA)

If this game is anything like the series, it should certainly be fun. The odds are incredible slim, next to impossible, that today matches the 27-run bonanza of last night, but Vegas is at least aware of the potential installing today at a ridiculous 11.5 run total. However, I’d lean towards the under today – both because 11.5 is an insane number, and because of the recent performances by both starting pitchers.

Tyler Chatwood has been pretty lately, winning both of his last two starts – both against the San Francisco Giants, and fared well in his only career outing against the Nationals, posting six shutout innings. Tanner Roarke has been good this season as well – and frankly one of the more underrated pitchers in the league since the beginning of 2016. He has yet to take a loss this season, and with the offense he has supporting him, giving up two or three runs per outing should be plenty good enough.

I like the line tonight with one of the hottest teams in baseball with one of its most underrated starting pitchers getting slight plus money. The top of the Nationals lineup with scorching Trea Turner and Bryce Harper has been too much for opposing pitchers to contend with this season and I like their success to continue tonight.


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