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Rockies vs Nationals Odds and Picks – Freeland vs Gray

Blair Johnson

by Blair Johnson in MLB Baseball

May 28, 2022 · 7:12 PM PDT

CJ Cron swings, Colorado Rockies
May 18, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Colorado Rockies first baseman CJ Cron (25) singles against the San Diego Padres during the second inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Colorado Rockies and Washington Nationals face off at Nationals Park on Sunday, May 29th
  • Bud Black’s club is trying to stay in the NL West mix, while Dave Martinez’s crew has the second-worst record in baseball
  • Read below for the Rockies vs Nationals odds and betting preview

The Colorado Rockies (21-25) close out their four-game set with the Washington Nationals (17-31) on Sunday at Nationals Park. The series finale has a scheduled first pitch of 1:35 pm ET. Colorado will send Kyle Freeland to the bump, while the home team counters with Josiah Gray.

The Nats are slight favorites in this one, but are +40000 longshots to win the NL East. Meantime, the Rockies are +15000 in the MLB Divisional odds. Black’s team is expected to win 69.5 games, while Washington is projected to win 70.5 in the MLB win totals.

Rockies vs Nationals Odds

Team Runline Moneyline Total
Colorado Rockies -1.5 (+155) +100 Ov 9 (-105)
Washington Nationals +1.5 (-190) -120 Un 9 (-115)

Odds as of May 28th at BetMGM


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Rockies vs Nationals Probable Pitchers

Freeland battled a cold on Tuesday in the Steel City, going 4.1 innings and allowing only a pair of hits, an earned run and two walks while striking out six before being lifted in an eventual 2-1 Colorado win over Pittsburgh. The Rockies are 5-4 in the 29-year-old’s starts this season and he owns three quality starts in 2022. The 6-foot-4 lefty has been especially solid in May, going 1-1 with a 3.54 ERA with the Rockies owning a 4-1 mark in his five turns.

Gray – who joined the Nats as part of the Max Scherzer-Trea Turner deal last summer – has been inconsistent in his first full season in Washington. Gray is coming off a three-inning outing against his former club on Tuesday, allowing five hits, seven earned runs and three walks while striking out five and surrendering three long balls in an eventual 9-4 defeat.

The rough outing followed the second of two quality starts Gray has posted in May, a month in which the 24-year-old has alternated between good and bad turns. His best performance of the season came on May 1st against the Giants, when he went six innings and only allowed one hit in an 11-5 victory. Gray’s problem has been the big fly: he’s allowed 12 in only 46.1 innings.

Kyle Freeland vs Josiah Gray

1-4 Record 4-4
4.60 ERA 5.44
4.74 xERA 5.36
18.8% K% 25.5%

These teams split a doubleheader on Saturday, with the home team destroying the visitors 13-7 in the opener, then Colorado held Washington’s bats in check in the nightcap, winning 3-2. Victor Robles was the big star in Game 1, driving in six runs (including his first homer of the year).

Rockies starter Chad Kuhl was the star of Game 2. The righty scattered seven hits over 6.1 innings, allowing only a pair of runs and a walk while striking out seven (including Juan Soto twice) as he improved his record to 4-2 and his ERA to 3.56 in this budding breakout season for the former Pirate.

The Rockies currently have +25000 odds to win the Fall Classic, while the Nats are at +40000 in the World Series odds.

COL vs WSH Last 10 Meetings

Date Home Team Away Team Score
5/28/22 Nationals Rockies CO, 3-2
5/28/22 Nationals Rockies WASH, 13-7
5/26/22 Nationals Rockies WASH, 7-3
5/5/22 Rockies Nationals COL, 9-7
5/4/22 Rockies Nationals COL, 5-2
5/3/22 Rockies Nationals WASH, 10-2
9/29/21 Rockies Nationals COL, 10-5
9/28/21 Rockies Nationals COL, 3-1
9/27/21 Rockies Nationals WASH, 5-4
9/19/21 Nationals Rockies WASH, 3-0

Rockies vs Nationals Prediction

Another factor going into Sunday’s series finale has to be CJ Cron. Colorado’s budding slugger went a combined 4-for-8 on Saturday, including launching his 13th home run of 2022. Gray is on schedule for a positive outcome, but Freeland is feeling better and dealing in his last outing.

That combination of factors has me liking the Rockies on getaway day.

Pick: Orioles +2.5 (-130)

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