Rockies Look to Extend Streak
The Colorado Rockies try to win their fourth straight game when they host the Washington Nationals in the first of a three-game series on Tuesday night. Washington is coming off a win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, their second in three games against the Giants. Colorado swept a three-game weekend series from the visiting Cincinnati Reds and is fourth in the National League West, 1½ games out of first place.
Both of these teams played well over the weekend, so picking a winner isn’t going to be easy. Make sure you read our in-depth preview before you decide how you want to bet online on this one.
Nationals Last in NL East
It’s early in the campaign, but the Washington Nationals are in danger of being out of the postseason before the All-Star break. The team’s series win over the San Francisco Giants over the weekend showed the potential of the Nationals, but even with wins in two out of the last three games, they sit in last place in the NL East and trail the first-place New York Mets by eight games.
RIght-hander Erick Fedde will make the start in Tuesday’s series opener, hoping to get the Nationals off to a good start. Fedde is 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in four starts, though half of his earned runs allowed came in just one game. The 29-year-old took the loss in his last start against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday, going 4⅔ innings and giving up two runs on three hits while striking out five and walking three in a 2-1 setback.
First baseman Josh Bell has been hitting the ball very well, ranking eighth in baseball with a .351 batting average. Bell went hitless in Sunday’s win over the Giants – though he did draw two walks – but he had six hits in the first two games of the series. He has six doubles, two home runs, a team-high 15 RBIs and 13 runs scored.
Outfielder Juan Soto also had a solid series, finishing with five hits in the three games, including three in Sunday’s win. Soto is batting .262 with four doubles, four home runs, five RBIs and 18 runs scored.
Rockies Try to Keep Pace in Deepest Division
The Colorado Rockies come into Tuesday on a three-game winning streak, yet they are still sitting in fourth place in the stacked NL West. Colorado sits 1½ games behind the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, with the San Francisco Giants just a game ahead of the Rockies.
Colorado would be helped by more days like the one second baseman Brendan Rodgers had on Sunday, as he drove in four runs and snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a pair of hits. Rodgers raised his batting average to just .109 with his 2-for-4 day, and the hope is the best is yet to come for him and the team.
“Tough first month — definitely the worst month I’ve ever had,” Rodgers said after Sunday’s win. “But it’s part of the game. You’re going to struggle and go 0-for-20. But it’s the same thing on the good side. You’re also going to go 15-for-30.”
Outfielder Randal Grichuk also had a big day, going 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Grichuk is 12th in the majors with a .338 batting average, adding three doubles, three home runs, 14 RBIs and 10 runs scored.
Colorado will hand the ball to right-hander German Marquez for Tuesday’s contest. Marquez is 0-1 with a 5.57 ERA in four starts, striking out 14 over 21 innings. Marquez is hoping to bounce back after an ugly outing in his last start, as he allowed seven runs (four earned) on seven hits over 3⅔ innings against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 26.
Nationals vs Rockies Head-to-Head
The Colorado Rockies would like to have a repeat of last year’s results against the Washington Nationals. The Rockies won both series between the clubs and took the season series 4-2. Colorado has taken the series against the visiting Nationals in each of the last three seasons at Coors Field (the two teams didn’t play in 2020).
Washington is hoping for a continuance of the trend that has seen these two teams going back and forth on who wins the season series. They’ll have to defy the MLB lines set for Tuesday’s contest to do that, as the host Rockies are considered a slight favorite.
Nationals vs Rockies Game Information
- Game: Nationals (8-16) at Rockies (13-9)
- Location: Coors Field, Denver
- Day/Time: Tuesday, May 3, 8:40 p.m. ET
- Nationals vs Rockies Live Stream: MLB.tv
Nationals vs Rockies Betting Lines
Nationals vs Rockies Prediction
The Colorado Rockies have been playing very well and they have some pressure to keep getting wins against lower-tier teams to keep up in the NL West. The Washington Nationals just don’t have the depth in their lineup to score enough runs to win this game at Coors Field.
When making your MLB picks, take Colorado to pick up the win in the series opener.