Rockies take 3-game slide into matchup with Nationals
Colorado Rockies (47-55, fifth in the NL West) vs. Washington Nationals (55-46, second in the NL East)
Washington; Thursday, 4 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rockies: Jeff Hoffman (1-3, 6.75 ERA) Nationals: Max Scherzer (9-5, 2.30 ERA)
LINE: Nationals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Colorado enters the matchup as losers of their last three games.
The Nationals are 29-20 on their home turf. Washington’s team on-base percentage of .327 is fourth in the National League. Juan Soto leads the club with an OBP of .390.
The Rockies are 21-31 on the road. The Colorado offense has compiled a .264 batting average as a team this season, good for sixth in the MLB. Charlie Blackmon leads the team with a mark of .319. The Nationals won the last meeting 2-0. Patrick Corbin earned his eighth victory and Yan Gomes went 2-for-3 with a home run and an RBI for Washington. Kyle Freeland took his eighth loss for Colorado.
TOP PERFORMERS: Anthony Rendon leads the Nationals with 21 home runs and has 70 RBIs. Victor Robles is 8-for-38 with three doubles, a home run and six RBIs over the last 10 games for Washington.
Trevor Story leads the Rockies with 22 home runs home runs and is slugging .560. Ryan McMahon is 7-for-30 with a double, three home runs and six RBIs over the last 10 games for Colorado.
LAST 10 GAMES: Nationals: 6-4, .276 batting average, 3.34 ERA, outscored opponents by 16 runs
Rockies: 1-9, .221 batting average, 7.74 ERA, outscored by 46 runs
Nationals Injuries: Austen Williams: 10-day IL (shoulder), Austin Voth: 10-day IL (bicep), Jonny Venters: 10-day IL (shoulder), Max Scherzer: 10-day IL (back), Justin Miller: 60-day IL (shoulder), Jeremy Hellickson: 60-day IL (shoulder), Koda Glover: 60-day IL (forearm), Ryan Zimmerman: 10-day IL (foot).
Rockies Injuries: Jon Gray: day-to-day (calf), Tyler Anderson: 60-day IL (knee), Brendan Rodgers: 60-day IL (shoulder).