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#953 Washington Nationals 11 vs.
#954 Colorado Rockies -165
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 3:10pm EDT
Written by Chris Altruda

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Washington Nationals at Colorado Rockies

When and Where: Wednesday, April 24, Coors Field, Denver, Colo., 3:10 p.m. EDT.

German Marquez looks to make some tweaks and pick up a second win in three starts as the Colorado Rockies wrap up a three-game series versus the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.

Nats’ Sanchez again goes after first win of 2019

Anibal Sanchez (0-2, 4.91 ERA) has been competitive in his last three starts but not good enough to win any of them as Washington’s offense has failed to help by providing only four runs in those games.

The right-hander took a loss in Miami on Friday night after being reached for three runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 3-2 defeat. Both of Sanchez’s losses have come on the road, where he has yielded six runs and 12 hits in 11 innings.

Sanchez went 0-1 in two starts versus Colorado pitching for Atlanta last year, giving up five runs — three of them on solo homers — in 11 2-3 innings. He had gone 4-0 with a 1.77 ERA in his first five starts against the Rockies from 2008-14 pitching for the Marlins and Detroit Tigers.

He will be happy to avoid injured ex-Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy, who is 8 for 17 with a homer, double, and triple in their matchups. Nolan Arenado is 3 for 8, and Trevor Story has a pair of solo homers in five at-bats.

Marquez looks to continue early effectiveness for Rockies

Marquez (2-1, 2.25 ERA) has been Colorado’s best pitcher through the early part of the season, highlighted by his one-hitter at San Francisco on April 14 in which he came within five outs of a no-hitter.

Marquez did not have no-hit stuff Friday versus Philadelphia but showed an ability to escape jams as he gave up only two runs despite the Phillies rapping out 10 hits in five innings before Colorado rallied for a 4-3, 12-inning win. The righty said afterwards he was affected by a toothache but did not tell manager Bud Black because he wanted to make the start.

Marquez did not face the Nationals last year and split his two career starts against them in 2017. The worse of the two outings came at Coors Field, where he was drilled for eight runs and nine hits in four innings of a 15-12 slugfest.

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This is a confidence pick in Marquez, who showed an ability to work in and out of trouble last start. But in the bigger picture, it was an example why the Rockies signed him to a five-year, $43 million extension earlier this month, and such outings are the ones that can create momentum for bigger things.

Prediction: Rockies -1.5 runs (-125)

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Marquez has delivered the under twice in as many starts at Coors Field when there was a double digit over/under, and that includes the 12-inning Rockies loss in his last start. The total in this game may come close to the 11 established, but the hedge is it falls short.

Prediction: UNDER 11 runs (-120)
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Written By Chris Altruda

A 1994 graduate of Marquette University when they were known as the Warriors and Brooklyn native, Chris Altruda is based in Chicago. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiner, he worked at three major U.S. wire services and also has prior experience in sports handicapping and daily fantasy roster building. Now that the Cubs have won a World Series, he holds out hope the Jets will win a Super Bowl before he dies. Follow Chris daily right here at W&W and on Twitter at @AlTruda73. You won’t be disappointed.