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#4951 Colorado Rockies vs.
#4952 Washington Nationals
Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 1:05pm EDT
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Colorado Rockies take on the Washington Nationals in the three-game series finale Sunday afternoon from Nationals Park. The rookie, Ryan Feltner is aiming for his first win of the season for the Rockies. Paolo Espino gets the nod for the Nationals. The Rockies posted a 9-8 win on Friday night and a 6-0 victory on Saturday.

Feltner Seeks First Career Victory, Rockies Conclude Road Trip

The Rockies will have Ryan Feltner make his third start of the season in the finale. Feltner was subpar last time out, allowing two runs in only 3.2 innings against the Phillies, and finished with the no-decision in a game the Rockies won 5-4. The rookie right-hander squandered six runs in 2.2 innings against the Braves in his Major League debut earlier this month.

Colorado has rebounded from a sweep against the Giants with two straight series wins. They have been threatening on the road as of late, winning six out of their last seven road games entering Saturday. The offense is solid and the pitching has been outstanding.

Garret Hampson is swinging a hot bat, driving in six runs in his last five games overall. The 26-year old second baseman features a stellar .916 OPS this month and has 11 big flies along with 33 RBI’s on the season. Hampson went 0 for 2 with two walks in Friday’s win.

Colorado is scoring an average of 4.60 runs per gamer, good for 13th in the Major Leagues. The pitching staff has tallied a 4.79 team ERA, placing them 24th overall.

Espino Shines in Loss to Marlins, Nats Pitching Woes Resume

The Nats will give Paolo Espino the nod for the 33rd time of the season on Sunday. Espino was terrific in his previous start, allowing just one run on six hits in six frames against the Marlins, and collected the win to improve his record to 4-5. The right-hander is pitching well, allowing three or fewer runs in four out of his last five starts, and enters with a 4.18 ERA and a solid 1.21 WHIP in 97 innings of work. This marks his first career meeting against the Rockies.

The Nationals have struggled this month as they have yet to win a series in September. They have been dealt back-to-back series defeats against the Pirates and Marlins as the pitching continues to stumble which led to their loss to the Rockies on Friday night.

The Nats are expecting more production from Carter Kieboom. The 24-year old infielder is only hitting .200 along with a terrible .467 OPS this month. Kieboom has six homers along with 20 RBI’s and a .662 OPS on the season. He went 1 for 5 in Friday’s loss.

The Nationals are averaging 4.50 runs, placing them 15th in the big leagues. The pitching staff enters with a 4.79 team REA, landing them 25th overall.

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Full-Game Side Bet

Insiders Status:


The Rockies continue to thrive, winning seven out of their last eight games overall. All seven occurred on the road including three victories in Philly and a two-game series sweep in Atlanta. I expect a strong performance at the plate against Nats’ starter Paolo Espino. He posted a poor 7.45 ERA last month and the right-hander owns a mediocre 4.41 ERA in his three September starts.

Furthermore, the Nationals have yet to earn a series win this month. The last two series defeats came against the last-place Pirates and Marlins. They have lost seven out of their last 10 games overall including two defeats in this series.

Prediction: Colorado Rockies +110

Full-Game Total Pick

Insiders Status:


This one will go over. As mentioned, Paolo Espino is unreliable and the Rockies are having no issues scoring runs. The Nats have squandered an average of 5.3 runs in their last 10 games overall.  The over is also 6-2 in Espino’s last eight starts.

In addition, the Nationals should contribute to this total against rookie Ryan Feltner. He has allowed eight runs in his two outings spanning only 8.1 innings. Washington’s bats haven’t been the issue in many of their losses. The over is 5-1 in the Nationals’ last six home games against a team with a road winning % below .400.

Prediction: Over 9

Written By Adam Rauzino , "Adam Rauzino"

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