Today marks the second game of a three game series between the Colorado Rockies and the Washington Nationals. The Rockies won game one of the series 7-5 in comeback fashion after falling down 5-2 in the top of the 4th. The Rockies are 7-1 in their last 8 games and are now 10-13 after starting the season 3-10. The Nationals find themselves one game below .500 at 10-11 and are still searching for the consistency they need if they want to compete in the loaded NL East.
The Colorado Rockies will send out Jeff Hoffman who was just recently recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque. The 26-year-old right-hander has not made a start in the majors yet this season. He has struggled in Triple-A posting a 13.89 ERA and a 2.40 WHIP with 11.2 innings pitched in his two starts. He gets his opportunity today to show he can compete at the top level.
The Washington Nationals will send out left-hander Patrick Corbin who is 1-0 with a 2.36 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP with 26.2 innings pitched in his four starts. For his career Patrick Corbin is 57-54 with a 3.87 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Corbin has been living up to the six-year deal worth $140 million that he signed in the offseason.
The value is on the road favorites as the Nationals have a clear pitching advantage in the veteran Patrick Corbin who has been an all-star while Jeff Hoffman is still trying to prove he can play in the league. I believe it will be a long day for Hoffman who has been struggling with minor league players as he has given up five home runs in his two minor league starts. I am picking the Nationals to win by more than one run.
Nationals RL -1.5 -105
Year To Date: 7-5 +3.60