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The Gold Sheet

The Gold Sheet

(909) Washington Nationals at (910) Colorado Rockies

Event:
(909) Washington Nationals at (910) Colorado Rockies
Sport/League:
MLB
Date/Time:
June 22, 2024 9PM EDT
Play Rating:
2%
Odds:
-113
Play:
2% – (909) Washington Nationals at (910) Colorado Rockies Total Over 10.5 (-113) Action
Result:
Win
Analysis

Washington's bats got acclimated to Coors Field in a hurry, scoring 11 runs on 19 hits in Friday's 11-5 win. Mitchell Parker has been very impressive in his rookie season with a 5-3 record, 3.06 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in his first 12 MLB starts. Nonetheless, pitching in Denver for the first time is a unique challenge that he will be doing for the first time on Saturday. The biggest red flag on Parker's profile is that he is not a strikeout pitcher, and that could be a recipe for trouble at Coors Field. Parker has a 18.2-percent strikeout rate this season, which is four-percent below the MLB average. In his last three starts, he's struck out a total of seven hitters in 17.2 innings. If you can't generate strikeouts, balls in play tend to find gaps and holes at Coors Field. On the other side, the Rockies' bullpen could be in for some trouble this weekend. This will be Colorado's ninth-straight day with a game, and the Rockies' bullpen threw 111 pitches on Friday after Dakota Hudson was only able to go 3.0 innings. Ty Blach was only able to go 4.0 innings on Thursday. Anthony Molina, Geoff Hartlieb and Victor Vodnik are all likely unavailable after throwing 30+ pitches over the last two days. The Nationals didn't get a day off for their (almost) cross-country flight from Washington to Colorado, so their bullpen may also be running thin as this series continues. Gametime temperatures are expected to be in the mid-80s on Saturday evening.

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