The Washington Nationals couldn't get over the hump at Coors Field in the series opener on Thursday, losing 1-0 to the Colorado Rockies, but should we go back to the well?
The Nats will send out MacKenzie Gore on Friday, the team's promising prospect that was a key cog to the Juan Soto deal last summer, to try and get the team its second win of the season. They will face Jose Urena, who has struggled for years now.
Is it now for the Nats to find its winning ways? Let's find out by first checking out the odds:
Nationals vs. Rockies odds, run line and total
Nationals vs. Rockies prediction and pick
Urena has been a mess for years, bouncing around from Miami to Detroit and then Milwaukee followed by his current stop with the Rockies. He has an ERA of 5 since the start of the 2019 season and got lit up in his first start of the year, allowing four earned runs in 2.1 innings of work to the Padres.
On the other side, Gore will hope to build on a strong first start of the year in which he allowed one earned run on three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He is the far superior pitcher and will face a weak Rockies lineup that is 24th in on-base percentage so far this season.
The Nationals lineup isn't great, but actually has out performed the Rockies lineup to date, 21st in OBP, and I believe they are a valuable bet as small road underdogs.
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