by GT Staff | Washington Nationals at Colorado Rockies (-230, 8½): The number is high but there is a reason why: Washington stinks. Forget that they just swept the Reds in DC – Cincy is also playing poorly (L3, 3-8 L11) as of late. Need more? The Nats have lost six straight away from Our Nation’s Capitol and still have MLB’s worst record (41-70), even after yesterday’s sweep of the Pinklegs. And they also have the worst road record in the Bigs at 18-37, meaning they lose two of every three road tilts.
Hurling for the homeboys is Aaron Cook (14-6, 3.53 ERA), their ace this season. Cook is 6-3 with a 3.43 ERA at Coors Field in 2008 and is pushing the Diamondbacks’ Brandon Webb for the NL league in victories.
Some websites still didn’t have the Nationals starter at press time, but ESPN.com had Tim Redding (7-6), Washington’s ace (if they have one), listed to go. If so, so what? They’re still the Nats! And Colorado still believes it’s in the NL West race (8 games back Sunday) and is tough in the Rockies (31-22 home) and would love to sweep Washington meaning this first game of the series is way more important for the Rockies. Back the logic of the better team winning a game that may eventually mean something to them as opposed to the team where the game means nothing in the big scheme of things. And lay the run-and-a-half if you’re feeling strong today. ROCKIES -230.