Colorado Rockies vs Washington Nationals Prediction, 9/17/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Colorado Rockies vs Washington Nationals
Date: Friday, September 17, 2021
Location: Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Colorado (+105) Washington (-141)
Nationals Park is the site where Jon Gray and the Washington Nationals (60-86, 5th in NL East) will take on the Colorado Rockies (68-78, 4th in NL West) on Friday. The Rockies open this matchup at +105 while the Nationals are priced at -141. The total is set at 8.5. The starting pitchers are Kyle Freeland and Jon Gray.
As a unit, the Colorado Rockies are putting up 4.6 runs/g, which ranks them 12th in the league. They have a total of 667 runs while holding a team OBP of .315. The Rockies have hit 242 doubles as a team and have hit 167 balls out of the park. They have accrued 638 RBI's as well as 1,197 base knocks on the campaign, and their batting average is .247. Colorado is slugging .414 and have struck out 1,213 times, while taking a walk on 440 occasions.
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The Rockies have an earned run average of 4.77 this season (26th in the league), and the staff has rung up 1,163 hitters. They have walked 491 opposing hitters and their FIP is 4.49 as a team on the season. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.37 and their pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.38. Rockies pitchers have surrendered 181 long balls and 714 total runs (22nd in baseball).
The Rockies have dispatched 476 relief pitchers to the mound for the year. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 185 base runners so far this year with 40.0% of those players ended up scoring. They have accumulated 30 saves for the season and have blown 26 of their 56 save opportunities. The Rockies relievers have a save percentage of 53.6% and has come into the game in 120 save situations. The relief pitchers have a total of 64 holds so far this year (21st in baseball). Rockies relief pitchers have gone to the mound with opponents on base 117 times as well as having 146 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Rockies have converted 68.9% of balls in play into outs in their 11,361 innings on the diamond, ranking them 23rd in professional baseball. The Colorado Rockies have accounted for 3,787 putouts this season, in addition to 1,367 assists and 66 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .987 which has them ranked 4th in the majors, and they have twisted 990 double plays.
Freeland has taken the ball for 635 frames and has earned 495 strikeouts during his career. Freeland (38-40 win-loss record in his career) has earned a FIP of 4.60 while facing 2,746 hitters during his time in the major leagues. His ERA is 4.26 (301 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.406. He has given up 666 base knocks (9.4 hits per 9 innings) and has 227 walks.
Washington is sitting with 167 long balls over the course of the season to go along with 619 runs batted in. They have notched 237 doubles, while taking a walk 493 times as well as putting up 653 runs. The Washington Nationals have earned a team on-base percentage of .335 in addition to a team batting average of .258 this season. The Nationals hold a team SLG% of .419 and they average 4.47 runs per contest (16th in baseball). They have struck out on 1,168 occasions (27th in the league) and have tallied 1,245 base hits.
The Washington pitching staff have allowed 732 runs so far this year while having an ERA of 4.74 (660 earned runs yielded). They have relinquished 220 home runs and they surrender 5.26 runs per 9 innings (26th in MLB). The Nationals have a WHIP of 1.345 with a FIP of 4.80 as a squad this season. They currently have a K/BB ratio of 2.56 (1,208 strikeouts vs 471 walks). They rank 17th in MLB as a staff in total hits allowed with 1,214.
Sitting with 148 save situations, the Nationals have compiled 84 holds and also 30 blown saves. Washington has had relievers take the mound in 62 save opportunities and they have tallied 32 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have come in 154 times in high leverage situations and on 127 occasions with runners on. Washington relievers have an inherited score rate of 39.4% out of their 188 inherited runners. They are currently ranked 27th in the league holding a save percentage of 51.6%, and they have dispatched 501 relievers to the mound on the campaign.
The Washington Nationals have turned 104 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .983 (26th in pro baseball). The Nationals have recorded 1,230 assists, 88 errors and are sitting with 3,760 putouts this season. In their 11,277 innings on the field, the Nationals hold a defensive efficiency of 69.6% (16th in professional baseball).
Gray (53-47 career mark) holds a 4.52 ERA while allowing 9.0 hits per 9 innings. His K/BB ratio is 2.99 and he has gone up against 3,498 hitters during his MLB career. He has surrendered 410 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.338 and having a FIP of 3.9. So far in his pro baseball career, Gray has given up 815 base knocks while he has totaled 832 punch outs in 816 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Colorado (+105)
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